Good Shepherd offers the following vocal music programs:

The Chancel Choir leads worship for the 11 a.m. traditional services, September through the beginning of June. Rehearsals are held on Sunday morning from 9:30-10:45. The choir sings a variety of music in traditional, multi-cultural, and gospel styles. Contact Debbie Jones for more information.

A Praise Team leads the singing of the liturgy and hymns for the 9:30 a.m. contemporary services. Members are assigned to a group and rotate participation. Rehearsals are held prior to the scheduled singing date on Wednesday evenings during the school year and on Sunday mornings in the Summer. Contact Ken Holdt for more information.

The Victory Singers offers a musical selection for the 9:30 a.m. contemporary services twice a month, September through the beginning of June. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:35-8:35. The choir sings mostly contemporary Christian music. Contact Ken Holdt for more information.

JAM (Jesus and Me) is a choir for children in grades K through 4. The choir rehearses on Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:15, September through May. The choir sings for the 11 a.m. traditional services, Christmas Concert, Christmas Eve Children's service and 5 p.m. Easter Saturday service. The director is Brenda Weinhart. Please email Debbie Jones for more information.

There are additional opportunities for singers to participate throughout the year. Special choirs are formed for festival services and soloists provide music for other church services and throughout the summer months. We also offer a Music/Art/Drama program for children, 3 years old through 6th grade. This Wednesday evening program is entitled MAD for Jesus. Contact Debbie Jones for more information.

 

Debbie Jones

Debbie serves as Director of the Ministry of Worship and Music at Good Shepherd, overseeing the church's worship and music programs. She directs the church bell choirs, Chancel Choir, Brass Ensemble and is organist for the traditional worship services. She is a graduate of Wittenberg University with both bachelor and master degrees in music, holds Levels 1 & 2 in Orff Music Certification and is an Associate in Ministry in the Lutheran Church. Debbie has been at Good Shepherd since September 1987. She is married to Steve, and they have one daughter.

Ken Holdt

Ken serves Good Shepherd as Director of Contemporary Worship and Music, leading the 9:30 worship service on Sundays. Ken directs the Praise Band, Praise Teams, Victory Singers choir, PowerPoint Operators and Creators, and Sound Technicians. In his “other life,” Ken teaches high school choral music in the Sycamore Community Schools.He holds a degree from CCM and Masters degree in the choral conducting program from Florida State University, He has worked as music director, assistant music director, vocal coach, pit orchestra and rehearsal pianist, trumpet player, orchestrator, arranger, and transcriber around the city. He is married to Amber and they have two children.

Brenda Weinhart

As the Children's Music Director, Brenda directs JAM (Jesus and Music), a choir for kindergarten through 4th graders. Brenda graduated from the School for Creative and Performing Arts majoring in drama and voice. She holds a Special Education degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently teaches through RHC CITE Service program. Brenda is a member of Cincinnati Orff-Schulwerk Chapter (Music and Movement Education, a recipient of the Orff Scholarship, and certified in Orff levels I. She and her husband, Michael, have two sons.

The Choral Department of Good Shepherd has as its primary mission the preparation and education of singers to lead worship.

It is our goal to provide a program which will develop well rounded musicians who are prepared to face the challenges of an ever-changing world. Our music inspires, comforts, and encourages both the choir member and worshipper.

At Good Shepherd we seek to:

  • Expand the technical, intellectual, and aesthetic horizons of the musicians.
  • Promote the highest performance standards which result in soul to soul music.
  • Prepare for the music of the future by exploring the music of the present which preserving the music of the past.
  • Increase the awareness of the artistic, historical and theological significance of music.
  • Create a positive music making environment which allows the knowledge gained to be applied to the ensemble performance.
  • Provide a balanced experience which promotes creativity, flexibility, and versatility in each musician.
  • Broaden musical skills by encouraging creative thought and artistic interaction.