Bach Cello Suites Marathon March 21, 2015

Bach Cello Suite poster 2015Saturday, March 21, 2015
10 am-2:30 pm (or so)

For more than 20 years the cello-playing community in Seattle has hosted a Bach birthday bash like no other. Come and hear Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello in their entirety, played by gifted amateur, student and professional cellists of our region. The free event, presented annually by the Seattle Violoncello Society, starts at 10AM and ends at about 2:30PM. The cellists and audience take a break after the first three suites are performed; the three remaining suites are played after lunch.

Performers dress casually and the audience is encouraged to “come as you are.” Listeners are free to arrive and depart at any time between movements—come for as much or as little of the concert as you like. This is a rare opportunity to hear these pieces performed live, all at once. Hope to see you there!

“Children of Eden” Coming to PRLC

Friday, February 13 at 7 pm at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

Friday, February 13 at 7 pm at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

Steven Schwartz’ musical Children of Eden comes to Phinney Ridge on February 13th, 2015, performed by the Westminster Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell, NJ.

The musical Children of Eden is now one of the top 20 musicals most frequently licensed by Music Theatre International, which is unusual for a show that never played on Broadway. Its popularity has spread by word of mouth. The score is a favorite of many Schwartz fans and includes a vast range of styles beyond “typical” Broadway. The love song “In Whatever Time We Have” is thought to be the most popular Schwartz song, often performed at weddings.

The Westminster Choir has toured nationally and internationally for the past 28 years under the leadership of Minister of Music Barbara Piercy and her husband, Noel Piercy. The youth in grades 8-12 have performed musicals ranging from this year’s Children of Eden to Jesus Christ Super Star, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Urinetown and Pippin.

Children of Eden is Stephen Schwartz’s favorite of his own shows, for several reasons: “To begin with,” he writes, “I think it’s my best score musically… [it also includes] the song that most espouses my philosophy of life and which, if I had one song to be remembered by, is the one I would choose: “In the Beginning”. There are more of the themes that I return to over and over – personal responsibility, rebellion, intellectual independence, as well as overcoming family dysfunctions — in this work than in any of my other shows.”



PRLC Gospel Choir Honors ML King Jr at Temple De Hirsch Sinai

MLK Weekend ShabbatThe PRLC Gospel Choir will be joining the Temple de Hirsch Sinai Adult Choir and Shades of Praise and the Jubilation Choir from St. Therese Parish in an MLK Weekend Shabbat, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   You are welcome to attend the 5:30 preneg gathering for light refreshments. The service begins at 6:00.

Temple De Hirsch Sinai is located at 1441-16th Ave on Capitol Hill. Parking is available on the south side of the synagogue and in the lot directly across the street to the east.

Bread for the Journey

All BfJ programs return on Wednesday, January 14th. Choir practices, Confirmation classes, and classes for children in Kindergarten through High School will all return with many exciting activities. Don’t let dark skies or wet weather keep you away – it’s always better when we are all together! Need more information? Contact Minister of Children and Families Nancy Monelli at

Manifestations of the Spirit: What Does a Church Musician Do?

BONNECROY-BETH-ANN-208by Choir Director Beth Ann Bonnecroy

I am so fortunate to be part of a wonderful music staff at PRLC. Parishes choose different configurations for music leadership, sometimes choosing to have one person in charge of all music. PRLC has developed a music staff which divides responsibilities. This allows musicians to lead in their specific area of expertise, and work together to create a variety of musical offerings and experiences in the congregation. We also assist Pastor Hansen in planning worship, liturgical music and congregational song.

I conduct the Chancel Choir, which is the choir for adult men and women, every Sunday at 11:00, singing classical / traditional music. I research the texts for each Sunday, choose the choir anthems and rehearse weekly with these dedicated singers, so that they can provide leadership for worship music and sing an anthem that supports the theme of the day.

The handbell choirs are also my responsibility. At PRLC, we have several experienced bell ringers who form a “varsity” handbell choir for an autumn season and a spring season each year. As new ringers are interested in exploring handbells, or ringers are interested in ringing some easier pieces, I also offer a “junior varsity” experience. This part of my job involves choosing music, making bell assignments, teaching bell techniques and helping people improve their music-reading skills.

It is my goal that these groups provide a supportive and accepting environment for those who participate. Creating music together is a positive bonding experience and a way to get to know other PRLC members who have like interests. An experience of praise through beautiful music is powerful for those who share it, drawing us closer together as part of the body of Christ.

In addition to our choirs, there are also many singers at Phinney who provide solos or sing in small ensembles throughout the year. I coordinate these as needed. If you are looking for way to participate in music at PRLC, please contact me, Valerie Shields, or Gospel Choir director, Kent Stevenson.   We can help you become involved.


All God’s Children Have a Place in the Choir

Holy Trinity youth choirThe young voices at PRLC are an integral part of our worship life. Here they grow in faith and service as they form friendships and find their own voice in this place. We are a singing church and delight in the unique gifts our young singers share.

Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays beginning September 17. Please contact directors listed below with any questions or suggestions of prospective choir members you would like us to contact.

Angel Choir
Pre-school/Kindergarten (4-5 year-olds)
Room 302-303, 5:30-6:00

Kari VanSanford, Director

Cherub Choir
K-2nd grade
Tree of Life Room, 5:30-6:00 pm

Evelyn Hartwell, Director

3rd-6th grade
Choir Room, 6:20-7:00

Evelyn Hartwell, Director
Valerie Shields, Accompanist

Youth Choir
7th-12th grade
Choir Room, 5:00-6:00

Valerie Shields, Director
Shari Anderson, Accompanist



Sing with the Chancel Choir

Interested in singing in the Chancel Choir? Rehearsals begin this Wed, Sept 10, 7:30-9:00 pm in the choir room. New singers are always welcome. Some choral and/or music-reading experience is helpful. Questions? Contact Choir Director Beth Ann at


PRLC Welcomes New Children’s Choir Director


PRLC’s new Children’s Choir Director, Evelyn Hartwell

Evelyn Hartwell is excited to begin her first year as the Children’s Choir Director at PRLC. After graduating from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Vocal Performance and Worship Arts, Evelyn began her music career in 2010 as a private voice and piano teacher. She now maintains a thriving studio of 40 private students. She also enjoys teaching general music at Laurel Academy, a small K-8 private school where she has taught music class for two years. She also has been a staff cantor at St. Alphonsus parish for 2 years, and enjoys praising the Lord through worship and liturgy.

Evelyn promises to do her very best to encourage musical growth and quality worshipful music with the children of Phinney Ridge Lutheran. She will strive to create a fun and encouraging environment that fosters learning and connecting musical expression to our faith in Christ.


Fall Programs September Start Dates

With the coming of fall here at PRLC we look forward to the resumption of some favorite activities. Here’s some of what lies ahead:

Sunday Service Times Change: On September 7, Sunday morning service times return to 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Sunday School and Adult Forum: Starting September 14, we will again offer Christian Education for all ages between services at 10:00, with Sunday School for the younger members and a full roster of Adult Forums for the grown-ups. Stop by the latte cart in Fellowship Hall for a little caffeine boost while you’re at it!

Bread for the Journey: “BfJ”, as it is often called, is our Wednesday-evening comprehensive ministry program that includes choir practices, confirmation classes, a communal meal, and a  family-friendly prayer service. It resumes on September 17.

Choirs: Sing with the Chancel Choir, the Gospel Choir, or one of several choirs for younger members. You can even play in the Handbell Choir! Rehearsals for most choirs begin on Wednesday September 17.

Spirited Women: Every Wednesday morning a group of Spirited Women gathers in the Tree of Life room from 10:00 to 11:30.  We share snacks at the beginning and prayer at the end and in between we consider matters of faith and life.  This lively group resumes regular weekly meetings on September 10.

The WAY: The WAY invites you to explore, nurture, and renew your faith while establishing—or re-establishing—your walk as a disciple of Christ. This group meets Sunday evenings from 5-7:00 p.m. Watch for announcements and starting dates this fall.

Women’s Bible Study Circles: PRLC has three different Women’s Bible Study Circles that meet at daytime hours once each month during the school year. Dates and times can be found in the monthly newsletter.