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Music Ministry

Salem's music ministry offers a variety of opportunities at every age level. We have an active worship choir, worship team, preschool and children's choirs, student choir, instrumental music/orchestra, and handbells. Pastors Jeff Olds and Daniel Barkley invite you to take a closer look at the music ministry and to join us in leading fellow believers in life-changing, wholehearted worship.

Worship Ministry Team

There are several different ways you can serve on Salem’s Worship Ministry Team on Sunday mornings! Please contact Pastor Jeff or Daniel if you are interested in joining any of these areas.

Worship Team

Worship Team involves one of two weekly rehearsals: on Thursdays at 7:15 pm for the 11:00 am worship service, and a 6:45 am Sunday rehearsal for the 9:am AM worship service. Team members usually serve on rotation depending on the needs for each service. The teams consist of:

  • Praise Team: vocalists who lead worship on Sundays at 9:40 am and 11:00 am
  • Praise Band: instrumentalists who lead worship on Sundays at 9:40 am and 11:00 am

Worship Media Team

The Worship Media Team is a vital part of our worship services, often working behind the scenes, running audio and visual equipment during morning worship services and other special events. This ministry team is comprised of servant-hearted specialists who love to train and equip others to serve on the team. If you’re interested in serving on this team, please contact Pastor Jeff or Daniel.

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Worship Choir

The Worship Choir leads our congregation in Sunday worship services on a regular basis. The Worship Choir is made up of volunteers, no audition required. The Worship Choir presents special programs throughout the year. There are two rehearsal options for choir members: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 5:00 pm. Both rehearsals meet in the Rehearsal Suite in Building D. Contact Pastor Olds if you are interested in joining the Worship Choir! We typically break for summer, and start back up around September with a fall kick-off dinner.


The Adult Handbell Choir meets for rehearsal every Wednesday evening at 6:15 pm from September through June. We play periodically during worship and for special events.

The Student Handbell Choir gives students in 6th – 12th grade the opportunity to ring handbells. We meet for rehearsal each Sunday, September through June, at 3:00 pm. We also play periodically during worship.

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Psalm 150 says: Praise the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; Praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, Praise Him with the harp and lyre, Praise Him with tambourine and dancing, Praise Him with the strings and flute, Praise Him with the clash of cymbals, Praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the lord. Praise the Lord.

God has blessed Salem with many talented musicians. The Salem Orchestra provides an opportunity for these musicians to lead our congregation and fulfill Psalm 150. Adults and students with four years of experience and the ability to play level three music are encouraged to join the Salem Orchestra. Brass, woodwind, string and percussion players are needed. Rehearsals are usually held on Wednesdays from 7:45 – 9:00 pm. Contact Pastor Jeff for more information.

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Student Choir

Student Choir is for students in grades 6 – 12 and provides Sunday morning worship leadership one Sunday of each month. The Student Choir rehearses on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm September through May. We typically take at least one Choir Tour each year and occasionally do combo Music/Mission Tours through the overall Student Ministry Program of Salem.

There are also opportunities for student instrumentalists to be involved in Student Praise Team. Student Praise Team is currently student-led (with supervision), and is coordinated through Daniel Barkley.

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Children's Choirs

Download the registration form for Fall Children's Choir.

One Registration

Register your child for this year’s children’s ministries with one registration! Sign your kids up for AWANA, Mission Groups, and Children’s Choirs all in one registration. Click here to get started.

Preschool Choir

The music ministry begins with musical activities for preschoolers ages 4 to Pre-K. This choir is designed to allow the preschoolers to have a successful introduction to music. The preschool choirs do not “perform” in worship, but share what they learn with their parents.

Children’s Choir

The Children’s Choir program is the next step in musical development here at Salem. There are three choirs for children: Melody Builders, Music Makers, and Young Musicians. Melody Builders introduces children from kindergarten through 1st grade to the basics of music. The Music Makers Choir is for children in 2nd and 3rd grade, and the Young Musicians Choir is for children in grades 4 and 5. We meet at 4:00 pm on Sundays, September through the beginning of May. You may join us anytime throughout the year.

Preschool Choir is led by Scarlet Owens in Room C113
Melody Builders is led by Maria and Skip in the Media Center
Music Makers is led by Valerie in Room C227
Young Musicians is led by Erin and Christy in the Chapel Classroom 

Jewel Tones

Jewel Tones is designed to get special needs children engaged in musical activities using chimes, handbells, and a variety of other instruments. Special needs children of all ages are welcome. Meets Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm.
Led by Nancy in Room B102

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Senior Adult Choir

The Salem Senior Adult Choir is for folks age 60+ and rehearses in the Chapel classroom on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 4:15 pm, September through May. The choir is led by James Austin through the Senior Adult Ministry and occasionally leads worship or performs for special events.

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