Music


Music is a vital part of our congregation. Music expresses our deep love of God with a variety of musical styles and through many types of musical experiences. These experiences are incorporated into the worship time. Various groups as well as soloists contribute to directing our time of worship to give praise and glory to God.
There are many gifted musicians in our congregation. They share their talent with us through many of our musical groups.

Vocal Choir The vocal choir, directed by Marita Ericksen, is for ages high school and above and practices on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. The current schedule has the choir singing on the first and third Sunday of every month.  We also have a Thanksgiving concert with other area United Methodist Churches on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and a Christmas Concert in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Other Music  There are many opportunities throughout the year for vocalists and instrumentalists to provide solo, duet and ensemble music for worship and for concerts for Christmas, Easter and special occasions. If you are interested in participating in any of the mentioned ways, please contact our church office.

Handbells   The handbell choir, directed by Barry Cooper, is open to the community and any other person interested in playing. Barry has been a bell ringer for several years and brings much experience. The bell choir includes members from a number of different churches and has performed at worship services and other events both on an off the island. They are available for weddings and other special events as well. Weekly practices are on Wednesday evening -- at 5:45 pm, in the church Fellowship Hall.

Contact the church at 206-963-9804 or office@vashonmethodist.org to learn more about participating in music programs.



A Joyful Noise: Q and A with Marita

Marita Erickson is going on her fourth year of serving as music director of our congregation. In addition, she works for Vashon Allied Arts, working with youth and overseeing the production of musicals such as Guys and Dolls and most recently, The Music Man.At this year's Strawberry Festival, she helped advocate for arts on the island by being the queen of Vashon Allied Art's float, "A Knight to Remember." "It was a great way to see everybody," she laughs. Marita is married to John and has a daughter who lives in Portland.

Has music always been a part of your life?
My mom said I could sing before I could talk. I come from a pretty musical family. My brother and sister are also serving in music ministries. I studied music education at University of Alaska, Anchorage and then took a seven-year detour touring with Best West Management as a professional singer.

What do you love about being a church music director?
I love working with a choir. When the Spirit moves, it's wonderful. It's my calling to be a music minister and to also do music with children.

You always seem so joyful. Where does that come from?
I enjoy my work thorougly. I love being able to express my faith this way.