Under the direction of Director of Music Charles "Chuck" Dickerson, RHUMC offers Sunday morning music provided by the 4-part SATB Chancel Choir, accompanied by organist/pianist Ms. Althea Waites, and Sunday evening music provided by the 5-member Third Service Ensemble led by Ms. Patti MacLeod; in addition, RHUMC hosts community concerts, such as its Second Sundays at 2pm Series, and offers both Christmas and Holy Week concerts of classical works for SATB choir and orchestra.
Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles , a member of El Sistema USA. The Chorus of the Inner City Youth Orchestra will be participating in the Mahler Project, a performance at the Shrine Auditorium on February 4, 2012, of the Mahler 8th "Symphony of a Thousand" conducted by Gustavo Dudamel with Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. In previous years, Chuck has served as conductor to the Southeast Symphony, which under his leadership performed twice at the Disney Concert Hall.
Third Service Ensemble Director Patti MacLeod
Patti has been directing and performing with the 3rd Service Music Ensemble for the past 5 years, and prior to that, she had been active in RHUMC music with the Women of Grace ensemble, Chancel Choir, and summer music for children. She received her Bachelor's degree from Texas Woman's University, majoring in voice and piano. Following college, she performed in musical theater summer stock, travelled on the road with a rock band, and played piano and sang in major hotels throughout the country. After moving to the Los Angeles area in 1979, she obtained a California Teaching Credential and began teaching music in Torrance, directing both elementary and high school choirs. A certified Orff-Schulwerk specialist, she used the Orff method in her elementary music classes.
The casual "3rd Service Ensemble," on Sundays at 5:30 p.m., offers music in a variety of contemporary styles including blues, country, gospel, folk, pop, and Jazz.
3rd Service Ensemble
Top row: Michael Starr, Patti MacLeod, Jot Hollenbeck
Bottom row: Julie Greer, Paula Fong, Jack Sollecito
Youth and Children's Choirs
The enthusiasm of the Youth and Children's Choirs are a welcome addition to the services.
Heaven Sent"HeavenSent" is a vocal ensemble of high-school-aged girls. The ensemble ranges from a quartet to 10 girls at any given time. To be a member, one must be able to sing on pitch, as their angelic sound is one of the hallmarks that makes them so well loved. HeavenSent sings 3 to 4 times a year.
Both youth ensembles are under the direction of Julie Greer with major assistance from Thyra Endicott.
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