Webster Presbyterian Church
...that all may come to know Jesus Christ, to love Him, to serve Him, and to enjoy Him forever.
 
WORSHIP

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. 
Psalm 95:6

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to help people see or hear God in worship?
September is when many worship activities get a new start. It's a great time to explore ways to help your fellow worshippers with music, with technology (audio, video, etc.), with other visual or performance arts. 
Let us help you find your place. Contact the church office or the Worship and Music Committee.


MUSIC
Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy! 
Psalm 33:3



Music groups lead us in worship 


Music is a vital and active part of our church. It provides an inspirational expression of our faith, not only during Sunday morning worship services but for special and social events as well. It provides opportunities for all of our members, from our very young to our more senior members, to praise the Lord in song, with bells and chimes, and with instrumental music. Contact the Worship and Music Committee to learn more about participating in any of these activities (worship@websterpres.org)

We'd love to have you find a use for the musical, dramatic, or other artistic talent God has given you.

Chancel Choir rehearses during the "school year" (September through mid-June) on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 in the Sanctuary. Come give it a try!

Special Holy Week Music

For Holy Week 2017, Webster Presbyterian Church's Chancel Choir presented Lift High the Cross, a choral cantata by composer Lloyd Larson portraying the final days of Christ's earthly journey. From the pinnacle of joy as Jesus rides into the crowded streets of Jerusalem to shouts of "Hosanna to the King!" to the quiet despair of a lonely judgment hall where no voices of support are heard. Then there are the heart-felt affirmations of loyalty in an upper room filled with Christ's closest friends, only to see them segue into acts of betrayal and rejection a few hours later. Then there are the moments of Christ's intimate worship with God in the Garden of Gethsemane followed by excruciating hours of desertion on a barren cross at Golgotha. The work will be presented as part of Palm Sunday worship on Sunday, April 9 at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. 



Organ


Webster Presbyterian Church is pleased to have a fine and versatile pipe organ in the sanctuary to assist us in our worship. The organ was originally constructed by the Schantz Organ Company in 1978, and in 2002 was expanded and underwent tonal revisions by Parsons Pipe Organ Builders of Canandaigua, New York, and installed in our sanctuary. We dedicated this organ on March 23, 2003.  Check out below for the detailed organ specifications.  

Patricia Korenkiewicz is our organist. Pat has experience from several churches to bring meaningful worship through music. She also works with choirs in the Webster School District.


Bells & Chimes
 
Our church is blessed with a five-octave set of hand bells and a three octave set of hand chimes. There is a place for everyone in one or more of our handbell choirs, whether you are an experienced musician, or a novice. It's a great place to put counting and eye-hand coordination to work. Contact us to see where you fit in!
Glory Bells is a bell choir of adults who may or may not be music readers. 
Alleluia Bells is a choir of experienced adults and high school students who rehearse on Sunday mornings.
Praise Ringers is a group of Junior High students (grades 6 – 8) who meet on Sunday afternoons for rehearsal.
Chimers is a new group of upper elementary students who are just learning how to make music using the hand chimes. This group meets on Sunday mornings.

Jackie Anderson directs the handbell choirs to bring some different sounds to enhance our worship. Jackie is Past Chair of the Area 2 Handbell Musicians of America. 


Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir helps to lead the 9:30 Sanctuary worship service from September through June. The Chancel Choir is open to all Senior Highs and adults. We’re all amateurs, and our director Lee Ann and accompanist Pat give lots of help and encouragement, so that all can participate, regardless of how much musical training and experience we have. For special occasions and special selections, the Chancel Choir will often be joined by vocal soloists and instrumental soloists and ensembles. The Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings at 7:00. Contact us to learn more!

Lee Ann Daigle directs the Chancel Choir. Lee Ann's leadership ensures that the choir aids the congregation in its worship. Lee Ann also teaches music in the Fairport School District. 

Contemporary Music
For our 8:00 worship service in the Chapel, Jim Hoffman coordinates singers and musicians to participate in contemporary and less traditional music. Vocal soloists and instrumentalists can enhance this worship service, either regularly or on occasion. If you have a musical gift to share, contact us

A Praise Team called "Together in Christ" leads the congregation in "contemporary" songs for various worship services. Singers and players of instruments such as guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums, etc. may find an outlet here. Contact us!


Special Music
God has blessed our congregation with much and varied musical talent that can help us in worship and other activities for His glory. We are often favored by soloists, both vocal and instrumental, at our summer worship services as well as other special services. The musical talents of our young people are evidenced by their frequent participation in worship services and other special events.

Drama and Other Arts

Reverend Eileen is helping us incorporate various other kinds of art and drama into our worship services. If you can draw, paint, dance, write poetry or stories, or do any other kind of art, Reverend Eileen can help you use that to help us worship God. Contact the church office to find a new outlet for the talent God has given you!

 

Organ Specifications

Schantz Organ Company, 1978

Orville, Ohio

 

Expansion and tonal revision, 2002

Parsons Pipe Organ Builders

Canandaigua, New York

 

Organ Dedicated March 23, 2003

Webster Presbyterian Church, Webster, NY

 

37 ranks

3 manuals

2,179 pipes

Electro-pneumatic action

Standard couplers

99 levels of memory

Transposer

 

GREAT

16’   Bourdon (#32)

8’      Principal

8’      Gamba

8’      Spitzflöte

4’      Octave

4’      Spitzflöte (ext. #4)

2’      Super Octave (#8)

IV      Mixture

8’      Tuba

4’      Clarion (ext. #9)

         Chimes

 

SWELL

8’      Flute à Cheminèe

8’      Viola

8’      Viola Celeste

4’      Principal

4’      Koppelflöte

22/3’   Nasat

2’      Waldflöte

13/5’   Terz

IV Mixture

16’   Bassoon

8’      Trompette

8’      Hautbois (ext. #20)

4’      Clarion (ext. #21)

         Tremulant

 

POSITIV

8’      Holz Gedackt

4’      Nachthorn

2’      Principal

11/3’   Quinte

III      Zymbel

8’      Krummhorn

8’      Tuba (#9)

         Tremulant

 

PEDAL

32’   Resultant

16’   Open Wood

16’   Principal

16’   Subbass

8’      Principal

8’      Flute (ext. #32)

4’      Choral Bass

4’      Flute (ext. #32)

II       Rauschquinte

16’   Trombone (ext. #9)

16’   Contra Trompette (ext. # 21)

16’   Bassoon (ext. #20)

8’      Tuba (#9)

8’      Trompette (#21)

4’      Hautbois (ext. #22)

         Cymbelstern (toe stud)

 

The Great 8’ Gamba, Tuba (16’, 8’, 4’), Cymbelstern and Chimes are from the previous Morey organ; the Swell IV Mixture and Bassoon/Oboe (16’, 8’, 4’) and the Pedal 16’ Open Wood have been added by Parsons to the original Schantz instrument.

 

Notes from the organ builder

When we were first approached about the possibility of relocating this Schantz pipe organ from Wichita KS to Webster NY, our immediate concern was that the church be willing to make a commitment to ensuring that the organ would be suitably wedded to its new home. Specifically, we knew the importance of scaling, voicing and the enhancements that would be required of an instrument built in this style. We were able to develop a tonal and mechanical specification that met both the musical and financial goals set forth by the church.

This instrument, designed for another building, was well suited for the space available here. An inspection of the organ structure revealed that the organ would fit the chamber area, just as it did in Wichita, within a matter of only a few inches; it seemed meant to be. Architect David Waldereck was very helpful in ensuring that the chamber would properly house the organ, reflect sound and that a facade would be provided that would blend with existing architecture.

The 1978 Schantz organ was, tonally, typical of the period in which it was built. We knew that for the organ to be capable of a wide variety of sounds, a full spectrum of harmonics and a seamless and full crescendo, it would require rescaling and additions. Six new ranks of pipes and four `pre-enjoyed' ranks were added to fill out the bass and mid-range frequencies. The organ increased from 1660 to 2179 pipes including the addition of three 16' ranks. The organ is capable of providing a wide, dynamic range necessary for the accompaniment of the Presbyterian worship service. It is an excellent example of how carefully executed rescaling and revoicing can ensure a successful outcome.

The organ is built in the electro-pneumatic style; that is, its windchests incorporate individual leather pneumatics (one per pipe) controlled by 12-volt DC magnet coils, to control the flow of pressurized wind to the pipes. All additions were completed in accordance with this style of construction to maintain the mechanical integrity of the instrument.

The electrical control system for the organ was completely replaced in order to accommodate the additions and to improve the reliability of the contact and switching functions. A further benefit of upgrading the organ to solid state control is the ability to reduce the several-hundred conductor umbilical cable (connecting the console to the organ) to a small six-pair cable. A console and chamber computer makes this possible, as well as the additional function of a multilevel combination- preset system.

As it is with every project of this magnitude, this organ evolved into a unique entity, taking on a personality of its own. Anyone who knew the organ in its previous home would not recognize it. We are honored to have had a part in seeing the organ transformed into the musical instrument it is today.

It is our hope that this organ will serve the musical needs of the congregation for generations to come; that it will enrich the worship experience for each listener and that it will, above all, glorify our Lord through praise, song and meditation.

Richard B. Parsons, President

The contributing craftsmen from Parsons Pipe Organ Builders:

Calvin G. Parsons, Vice President


Gordon W. Dibble, Organbuilder, Emeritus

Duane A. Prill, Tonal Director

Woodworkers:

  • Geoffery Karley
  • Andrew Moore
  • Dale Smith

Designers:

  • Matthew Bellocchio
  • Loren Jacob Hendrix

Assemblers: Nicholas Fargnoli William Henrie John Henrie Matthew Parsons Timothy Parsons Milovan Popovic

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men."

(Colossians 3:23)