Singing is a vehicle for prayer. Since the earliest days of the Church, congregational song has been an essential element of the Christian worship experience. Our congregation sings old and new hymns, spiritual songs, and other music to enrich our common worship. While choirs and instruments play significant roles in worship, congregational song is central.
Idlewild Choir supports and enhances congregational song. It also offers choral music to deepen the worship experience. The choir’s repertoire is drawn from a broad spectrum of the Church’s musical heritage, including Renaissance polyphony, psalms, spirituals, and folk songs, as well as modern compositions. A traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is presented each Christmas Eve and other special services and concerts occur throughout the year. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays. Contact Landry Duvall for details.
Each week, worship begins with a peal that calls us to a worshipful place. They often enhance congregational song and choral music with their ringing. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays. Contact Landry Duvall for details.
6 – 7 PM on Wednesdays, January 24 – March 20
Children (K – 6th grade) will practice for the first 30 minutes and then will be guided to an art space for led crafting time.
UT Chattanooga Chamber Chorus:
February 15 | 7 PM
Idlewild is excited to welcome the Chamber Choir of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for a concert. The choir is under the direction of Kevin Ford.
For Everyone Born: A Festival of Hymns:
May 5 | 11 AM (During Worship)
Join us in the celebration of Music at Idlewild as we are led in worship and praise by our music ensembles under the direction of Director of Music Ministry, Landry Duvall.
Nebraska Wesleyan Chorale:
May 7 | 7 PM
Idlewild welcomes the Nebraska Wesleyan University Chorale as they present a concert on their 2024 tour. The choir is under the direction of Tom Trenney
Primary among the organ’s roles is that of supporting congregational song while its colorful palette allows for an eclectic repertoire to be successfully presented.
The current sanctuary organ was installed in 1988 by the Bedient Pipe Organ Company. A detailed stop list of the instrument can be found online.
Idlewild possesses the only carillon in Memphis – the largest musical instrument in the Mid-South. It is housed in an English gothic stone tower which rises majestically 120 feet above the church’s sanctuary. Its forty-eight bronze bells were cast at the Paccard-Fonderie de Cloches in Annecy, France. They range in weight from 29 to 4,397 pounds, totaling more than 26,890 pounds.