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.

Lutheran Summer Music Benefit Concert

Sunday, June 1, 2014
7 pm in the Sanctuary

This Sunday evening at 7 p.m., we invite you to a very special youth concert in the sanctuary.  This concert — a fundraising event for the PRLC members who will be attending Lutheran Summer Music this summer in Decorah, Iowa —- is our annual opportunity to see the young musicians of PRLC performing in a variety of styles.
This year three of our students will be attending as musicians-in-residence: Jamie Beers, Liz Radford, and Cameron Wressel.  In addition, Paul Georgeson has been chosen to serve on the staff as one of two counselors.

While each of these young men and women will be supported through a PRLC Endowment Fund grant, the tuition is significant, and your generous gifts to swell the LSM Fund for this year and future years will be gratefully appreciated.

Come enjoy the concert, and share in the opportunity to provide scholarship support to our young musicians.  A reception in the narthex will follow.

Youth Choir 2014

University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club Coming to Our Region

The Puget Sound region will welcome the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club to the Northwest.  Their concert will be on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:00 PM in the Puyallup High School Auditorium, 105 – 7th St. SW, Puyallup, WA. ADMISSION IS FREE!

Founded in 1859, the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club is one of the oldest collegiate choruses in the United States and long acclaimed as one of the finest male choruses in the world.   Also featured on the concert will be The Friars, a vocal octet which uses merriment and juvenile behavior to produce divine harmonies.

A special addition to this concert will be a mass high school young men’s choir from our local schools, including Ballard High School.  The students will perform alongside the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club.



Special Singing Opportunity

On May 25, Memorial Day Weekend, all interested singers are invited to sing Thomas Tallis’s “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments” as the offertory anthem.   Beth Ann Bonnecroy will be conducting rehearsals in the sanctuary at 8:10 for the 8:30 service and at 9:40 for the 10:00 service.


Lutheran Summer Music Benefit Concert

Youth Choir 2014

Sunday June 1, 2014 at 7 pm

Phinney is filled with talented young musicians. On Sunday evening, June 1 at 7 p.m., we invite you to a very special youth concert in the sanctuary.  This concert will be a fundraising event for the PRLC members who will be attending Lutheran Summer Music, a month long music academy in Decorah, Iowa.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the talented youth in our community.  There will be performances from the youth choir and individual musicians. Entry is by donation only, and all proceeds go to benefit tuition for the youth attending Lutheran Summer Music this summer.

Students who attend LSM receive as much musical training in a month as they would with an entire year of private training. The young men and women of PRLC who attend Lutheran Summer Music will be supported through a PRLC Endowment Fund grant, but the tuition is significant, and your generous gifts to swell the LSM Fund for this year and future years will be gratefully appreciated. Please help make the dreams of these students a reality by attending this benefit concert!  Sunday evening, June 1 at 7 p.m.  A reception in the narthex will follow.

Mirinesse Women’s Choir in Concert

Mirinesse 2014 posterJoin Mirinesse this Saturday evening March 22 in its ninth season concert, “Life Let Loose”. This year’s vibrant program celebrates the large and small moments of life — birth, death, play, seduction, spiritual awakening.  The music of Haydn, Hasse and Mozart complements that of contemporary composers Edie Hill, Gwyneth Walker and others.  Exotic folk songs of Spain and Lebanon complete this exciting and uplifting program.

When: Saturday March 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Where: Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church