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Joy of Music Concert Series


You are invited to 12 outstanding celebrations of joyous music at Manchester United Methodist Church. Each concert is distinctly individual but together they form a rich tapestry of musical experiences. You'll hear traditional, contemporary, classical, gospel, and more!

Free will offering taken at most concerts unless ticket price is listed.

For more information call 636-394-7506.


2017/2018 Joy of Music

20th Anniversary Season


October 1, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Gateway UMC Choral Festival

Mary McDonald, guest composer/conductor

200 singers from St. Louis area United Methodist churches join for this dynamic night of music.


October 29, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Pipescreams V

John Cargile, organ

Come celebrate our fifth annual “fiendish” night of organ music for the whole family to enjoy.  Costumes expected.


November 1, 2017 7:30 p.m. (please note different time)

IN CONCERT:  The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Gemma New, conductor

In celebration of our 20th anniversary season, we are excited to welcome the Grammy-award winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in a special engagement!

Tickets $20 for general seating, $40 for preferred seating.


December 1 & 2, 2017 6:30 p.m.

Coventry Dinners and Concerts

An intimate evening with a catered dinner and outstanding holiday music.  Start your season with beautiful choral and handbell music, including many carol favorites.  Tickets on sale November 1, 2017.  Featuring the MUMC Coventry Choir and Vesper Bell Choir.

Tickets $30


December 17, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Betty Gnaegy Legacy Concert:  Sing Christmas! Ring Christmas!

Sherry Boland, director

Kevin McBeth, director

Annual Christmas concert featuring handbells, choir, and orchestra.  The centerpiece of this evening will be Robert Russell Bennett's "Many Moods of Christmas!"


January 14, 2018 7:00 p.m.

IN CONCERT:  Purdue Varsity Glee Club

William Griffel, director

Scott Hines, assistant director

With passion and unparalleled showmanship, the men of the Glee Club have a singing tradition that has lasted more than 100 years!  Join them on their 2018 tour as they amaze us with their fine-tuned voices.


February 11, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Made In America!

John Cargile, piano

Joseph Welch, piano

The Chancel Choir, accompanied by 2 grand pianos, presents an evenign of choral music by American composers and arrangers including Mack Wilberg, Rene Clausen, and Molly Ijames.


March 3, 2018 3:00 p.m.

March 4, 2018 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

"Rescue In the Night"

Lori Boger, director

Musicians in Mission benefitting Child Rescue Centre.  A fully staged musical presented by the Music Makers Choir.


March 25, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Mary Lou Adams Legacy Masterworks Concert

Kevin McBeth, conductor

“Testimony of Life” - Joseph Martin

The life of Christ is shared through word and song, featuring the Chancel Choir with orchestra.


April 8, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Pipe Organ Concert

Hector Olivera, organ

Hailed as "one of the sought after and revered concert organists of present time," Maestro Olivera will present an evening of great music on the newly-installed Colby pipe organ.


April 22, 2018 3:00 p.m.

Spring Ring

Sherry Boland, director

Our handbell ministry's annual gift of music to the congregation.  Youth and adults come together in this concert highlighting the beautiful art of handbell ringing.


June 3, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Carnegie Hall Preview Concert

Mark Hayes, guest composer/pianist

Andy Waggoner, director

Kevin McBeth, director

Combined choirs join forces to present "Spirit Suites," three collections of spirituals arranged by Mark Hayes.  This concert will be presented at Carnegie Hall later in the month.


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