Excellence in music flows throughout the fabric of Wilshire’s life. In worship, music is not something only a few gifted people do; it’s an expression of joy for the entire congregation as we sing together great hymns of the faith old and new. The music ministry also offers choirs, ensembles and opportunities for every age grouping, from preschoolers to senior adults.
Sanctuary Choir is the adult choir that leads in weekly Sunday morning worship and presents three or four special programs each year. This choir is open to any interested adult, with rehearsals on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Choral Hall.
Nova is an auditioned adult ensemble focusing on music of the renaissance.
New Song is the senior adult community choir that meets on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. It is open to any interested adult age 60 or older and draws many participants from beyond Wilshire’s membership.
Wilshire’s Youth Choir is one of the strongest in the region and brings together students from more than 15 area schools in grades seven through 12. The 70-voice choir sings monthly in worship and embarks upon an annual concert and mission tour every June. Students in grades nine through 12 are invited to audition for the select youth ensemble called Shekinah. Wilshire also offers a youth handbell ensemble.
Preschoolers and children alike find age-appropriate training in music on Wednesday nights during the school year. All children are invited to Music & Missions, beginning at 6 p.m. These groups range from the simplest preschool music to more complex productions by older elementary children. Grade-school children are invited to participate in MusiCamp every summer, learning and performing a musical in one week.
Wilshire Wind Symphony is an all-volunteer ensemble made up of doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, salespersons, accountants, students and more—all with a love for continuing to play woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. In addition to rehearsals on Monday nights at 7 p.m. in Choral Hall, Wilshire Winds plays in worship the second Sunday of each month and produces one or two major concerts a year.
Wilshire Academy of Fine Arts
Wilshire Academy of Fine Arts is the place for formal training in piano, organ, guitar and voice, with access to well-qualified private instructors. Wilshire has a relationship with East Dallas Children’s Music, which offers Musikgarten classes in our building under the umbrella of the fine arts academy.