Music & Arts

 Our church family at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian in Cary, NC has an active music ministry with offerings for singers, ringers and instrumentalists interested in participating in our many worship services.

Consider joining our caring community of musicians!

Music Ministry at 'The Kirk'

We praise God in many ways using our unique God-given talents in music.

Our children’s music ministry is structured to teach musical skills, strengthen faith, and enable the whole person to be spiritually as well as musically nurtured. We have developed a variety of groups to meet the interest and skill levels of our diverse congregation.

Our goals are threefold:
• to make a vital contribution to the life of the Kirk
• to lift up our worship experiences
• to enable our participants to praise our Lord with their personal best.

The “Arts” refer to liturgical dance and dramatic skits that are done occasionally.

There is free, certified childcare available for all adult music ministry rehearsals. Please join us!

Contact:
Larry Abernathy
Director of Music & Arts
labernathy@kirkofkildaire.org
919-467-4944

Dr. Abernathy the music director at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary NC with bell ringer
Dr. Larry Abernathy, Director of Music and Arts, preparing for worship with Will Belote

Find a Musical Group

Groups are listed by type and linked to jump to the rehearsal day below with more information and specific contacts.

Children

Youth

Adult

Music Groups by Day of the Week

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Sunday Groups

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Hope Ringers

Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Youth Handbell choir - Cary NCWhat / Who:
This is a youth bell choir which ringers audition to join.

Location:
Sanctuary

Time:
Sundays
4:00-5:00 pm

Contact:
Larry Abernathy
Director of Music & Arts
labernathy@kirkofkildaire.org
919-467-4944

Dolce Voce

What / Who:
This is the youth choir. All youth grades 6-12 are welcome.

Location:
Choir Room

Time:
Sundays
5:00-5:30 pm

Contact:
Larry Abernathy
Director of Music & Arts
labernathy@kirkofkildaire.org
919-467-4944

Grace Ringers

What / Who:

Grace Ringers in Worship at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian


The Grace Ringers is an entry level handbell ensemble designed for beginning and intermediate level adults.

If you are interested in learning the skills leading to musical competence on handbells, this is the place for you!

Rehearsals are designed for non-readers and participants with limited musical experience. Contact director Barbara Moore for more information.

Location:
Sanctuary

Grace Ringers from Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary NC
Grace Ringers on retreat.

Time:
Sundays
6:15-7:15 pm

Contact:
Barbara Moore
dmoore24@nc.rr.com

Kirk Hammered Dulcimer Slow Jam

What:
Dulcimer Group at the Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary NCThis jam emphasizes playing slow tunes S-L-O-W-L-Y, so that all attendees can learn and share their what they have learned.

Who:
New and experienced players welcome. Just bring your hammered dulcimer and favorite hammers (and tuner if you have one).

Location:
Choir Room
Rotates between different locations:

  • Cary (Kirk of Kildaire)
  • Raleigh (St. Giles Presbyterian Church)
  • Western Triangle Location (TBA)

Time:
Every 3 months on the 2nd Sunday
2:00-4:00 pm

Hammered Dulcimer Workshop Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian, a church in Cary NC

Contacts:
Mark Rose
caryrose10s@gmail.com
919-413-5568

Wendy Segreti
segretiw@bellsouth.net
929-427-8889

Janet McGettrick
jmcgettrick106@gmail.com
919-469-0924

Monday Group

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Kirk Tones
Tone Chimes Choir

Adult Chimes Choir at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary, NCWhat:
The Kirk Tones is an adult chime choir.

Following a brief rehearsal, the group travels to a local retirement center to present a brief program of sacred and secular music by ringing their chimes and singing.

Absolutely no prior music or ringing skills are needed! They play by colors and circled words.

Usually they conclude with lunch at a local restaurant for fellowship.

Who:
Adults age 50 and over with little or no music experience

Location:
Choir Room

Chime Tones at Kirk of Kildare Presbyterian, a church in Cary NCTime:
3rd Monday of each month 
9:30 am

Contact:
JoAnn McMenamin
Coordinator
jmcmenamin@nc.rr.com

Tuesday Group

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Kirk Beginning Mountain Dulcimer Jam

Dulcimer Group at the Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary NC

What:
Players meet monthly to review basics of playing, strumming, and fingering techniques. We play easy tunes.

No prior playing necessary, just bring your mountain dulcimer and pick (and tuner if you have one).

Who:
Open to Kirk and wider community of beginning dulcimer players.

Location:
Choir Room

Time:
3rd Tuesday of each month 
4:00-5:30 pm

Contact:
Mark Rose
caryrose10s@gmail.com
919-413-5568

Wednesday Groups

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Genesis Tone-Chimes (Children)

Genisis Chime Tone Ringers - Children at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian, a church in Cary NCWhat:
Chime tone ringers

Who:
Children in 2nd grade and older

Location:
Choir Room

Time:
5:00 – 5:45 pm

Contact:
Claire Johns
claire.a.johns@gmail.com

Praise Ringers

Youth Handbell Choir at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian, a church in Cary NCWhat / Who:
Children and youth handbell ringers

Location:
Santuary

Time:
Wednesdays
5:00-5:45 pm

Contact:
Larry Abernathy
Director of Music & Arts
labernathy@kirkofkildaire.org
919-467-4944

Peace & Hallelujah Choirs

Children Choir at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian, a church in Cary NCWhat / Who:
Children Kindergarten-5th Grades join for choir practice

Location:
Choir Room

Time:
Wednesdays
5:45-6:30 pm

Contact:
Larry Abernathy
Director of Music & Arts
labernathy@kirkofkildaire.org
919-467-4944

Children's Choir at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian, a church in Cary, North Carolina

Agape Ringers Handbell Choir

Agape Ringers at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary, NC

What:
Agape Ringers is an advanced handbell choir for experienced players. They play worship literature at an advanced level throughout the liturgical year.

Who:
Adults
Inquire as to available positions by contacting the director.

Location:
Santuary

Time:
Wednesdays
6:15-7:15 pm

Childcare:
Childcare is available upon request for rehearsals

Contact:
Mandy Ritter
Director of Agape Ringers
ahritter697@gmail.com

Chancel Choir

Chacel Choir at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary, NC
Chancel Choir at Kirk of Kildaire

 

What:
The Chancel Choir rehearses appropriate choral selections, in a variety of musical genres.

The Chancel Choir is directed by Larry Abernathy.

Who:
Adult and high school singers. This choir is open to any interested teens and adults who love to sing. Music reading skills are helpful, but not crucial for participation. Newcomers are always welcomed.

Location:
Choir Room

 

Adult Choir Easter Sunday at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church Cary NC

Time:
Wednesdays
7:30-9:00 pm

Sundays
11:00 am service weekly
September through June

Childcare:
Available for rehearsals upon request.

Contact:
Larry Abernathy
Director of Music & Arts
labernathy@kirkofkildaire.org
919-467-4944

Thursday Groups

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Psalm 150

acoustic vocal & instrumental ensemble at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church Cary NC
Psalm 150, an acoustic vocal & instrumental ensemble

What:
Psalm 150 is an acoustic vocal & instrumental ensemble that sings and plays worship songs in contemporary, Taize and contemplative styles on the first Sunday each month at the early service.

Who:
Adults, Young Adults and College Students
Singers, guitarists and other acoustic instrumentalists, both teens and adults, are encouraged to participate

Location:
Choir Room

Time:
Thursdays, when scheduled
5:00 – 5:45 pm

First Sunday each month
8:45 am service

Contact:
Paul Hamilton
Director of Psalm 150
hamiltn5@mindspring.com

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