Music and CUMC

The CUMC Chancel Choir always welcomes new members.


Join the choir at Thursday night practice in Sherrill Hall from 7:15 until 9:00 p.m.

Sunday morning rehearsals are in Sherrill Hall from 10:00 until 10:20 a.m.


Any questions? Call Bill DeGarmo, Choir President, 925-683-2905.


Music, Music, Music!

Yes music, brings us joy, it brings us peace, it brings us hope, it brings us laughter. What a better way to express ourselves to God than through the vibrations of voice and instruments. We have a wonderful opportunity at CUMC to do just that. So think about maybe joining the choir or our orchestra.


You don't have to have the best voice, we learn how to blend and become one with each other. Well maybe orchestra is a little harder, because you do need to have played an instrument at one time or another, but if every Sunday you are sitting out there thinking to yourself how much you would like to be up with the choir or in the orchestra, please come try and love the experience.



Choir Practice is held on Thursdays, from 7:15PM until 9:00PM


Any questions? Call Bill DeGarmo, Choir President, 925-683-2905.

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is the foundation of the music ministry at CUMC. This group of over Twenty singers sings weekly at the 10:30 worship service on Sunday mornings and also reaches out to various community groups and activities to share both sacred and secular music.


They perform with the CUMC Community Orchestra for special events such as the Christmas Carol Sing in December and the Spring Concert in early June.  Occasionally, the choir has special working retreats for Christmas and Easter season's music, a weekend retreat (nonworking) in the summer and extra rehearsals as needed for special events or performances.


Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to join this active and vital group to share in music, excitement and fun. The Chancel Choir rehearses Thursday nights from 7:15 – 9:00 pm from early September through early June.



Chancel Choir meets 7:30 pm, Thurs., Sherrill Hall. All are welcome at our rehearsals!


Praise Team


The Praise Team sings at our 9am service in Oglesby-Close Hall.  They rehearse at 8am - one hour before the service.  If you are an early riser who enjoys more contemporary music, this is the group for you!  You must be a strong sight reader with a strong voice that can sing in tune as you will be leading the congregation in song.



Community Orchestra



   Led by Judy Burmeister, The CUMC Community Orchestra is a group of musicians interested in performing

orchestral music. Participants in this orchestra are often outside the membership of CUMC; however, they

 are a major, contributing factor to the annual Carol Sing, the Spring Sing Concert and sometimes also play

                                  Easter services.


                                             They rehearse on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month from 1:30-3:00 pm September through June. The

                                             orchestra is open to anyone with orchestral skills. Orchestra members range in age from high school to

                                             retired senior citizens.  Several members of the orchestra found themselves digging their instruments out of

                                             the closet after many years of disuse. They found, to their pleasant surprise, that it's just like riding a bike ...

                                             you never forget.




The CUMC Community Orchestra is believed to be unique in Contra Costa County. Music selection is always easy to moderate to accommodate the skill range of the members. No fees are required to join this group of musicians as the orchestra is fully funded by CUMC.  They currently have two scheduled performances during the year (Carol Sing & Spring Concert) which may include performing with the Chancel Choir - always to a very full and appreciative audience.  It's fun!  It’s easy!   Come join us soon!




The Community Orchestra meets at 1:30 pm. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in OC Hall.