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Music Ministry at CUMC

Chancel Choir

Luvi Avendano, Director

The Camarillo UMC Chancel Choir is a 40+ ensemble that leads worship throughout the year. The repertoire of this fine ensemble is varied and includes contemporary worship, traditional spirituals, folk and popular vocal music, and standards of the classical sacred repertoire. The CUMC Chancel Choir and the CUMC Adult Bell Choir lead the highly popular CUMC Christmas Concert every year to large audiences of the local Ventura County community.

Bell Choirs

Kristi VanKeersbilck, Director

Camarillo United Methodist Church (CUMC) is a musical church and the handbell ministry is a big part of our music ministry. Started 45 years ago, the CUMC Bell Program has grown over the years, and we now have a fully-graded program for pre-schoolers to adults. CUMC has five fabulous bell choirs, and there is a bell choir for EVERYONE – from 4-year-olds to adults; from beginners to experts. Yes, we have a choir for YOU! Bells are a wonderful way to learn music, develop an appreciation of music, and express yourself creatively, so come check us out!

Cherub Chimes  -  Sundays at 10:30 am from September through May

For children 4 years old through 2nd grade, this group learns about music through singing, movement, playing chimes, and is a great introduction to musical concepts.

Chapel Bells  -  Mondays at 5:00 pm from September through May

For musicians in approximately 3rd through 5th grade, this group focuses on learning to read and play music, using real English handbells.  They play games, have contests, and play a variety of instruments while learning musical concepts.

Youth Bells  -  Mondays at 6:00 pm from September through May

For middle school through high school students, this group focuses on further development of musical skills and bell techniques.  The music they learn is a bit more challenging.

Young Adult Bells  -  Sundays at 6:00 pm from September through May

For high school students and young adults, this group is for experienced musicians or advanced ringers.  The music they learn is challenging.

Adult Bells  -  Thursdays at 7:00 pm from September through June

For adults with music reading experience.

Crescendo Music Camp

Crescendo Music Camp is a weeklong, fun and active musical adventure for students in Kindergarten through the 8th grade.  Students explore different styles through four classes: singing, handbell/choir chime ringing, dance movement, and music enrichment.  

Samples of the Sounds of Camarillo UMC