Central United Methodist Chancel Choir
The 35-voice Central United Methodist Chancel Choir sings every Sunday and for special celebrations – approximately 45 services a year. In recent years these singers have performed works such as Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Schubert’s Mass In G, Ellingboe’s Requiem, and Schumann’s Requiem. The choir has over 500 anthems in its repertoire and has sung in a variety of foreign languages and musical styles. We celebrate the gospel music tradition by combining with Fellowship Baptist gospel choir for our Easter Saturday celebration – Great Gettin’ Up Morning and a Thanksgiving service in November. The choir sings with our 24-piece church orchestra for Christmas, Easter, and special services. They performed Robert Schumann’s Requiem with the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque last spring. The choir can be seen every week on KAZQ TV – Sundays at 11am and 7pm.
Jerrilyn Foster, director
Jerrilyn Foster has served as director of sanctuary music for Central UMC for ten years. She has taught choral and instrumental music in both public and private schools in New Mexico. Jerrilyn conducts the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque as well as the Central Sinfonia. She has served as the director of the Albuquerque Girl Choir for the past seven years. Jerrilyn holds a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory and Master’s degrees in music from Stanford University and Holy Names College.