The TPPC Choir

tppc choir in worship The Takoma Park Presbyterian Church Choir is a group of people joyously worshiping God and Jesus Christ in song. Under the direction of Dr. James Bingham, the choir rehearses every Monday evening from 7:30 to 9 p.m.; and has an additional short rehearsal at 10:30 on Sunday morning in the Sanctuary, in preparation for worship at 11 a.m.

For more information on the TPPC Choir, send an email to choir@takomaparkpc.org.

Summer Music Opportunities

Here are two opportunities in TPPC's musical ministry this summer.

Summer "Pick-Up" choir: We don't have Monday night choir rehearsals in the summer, but several times we gather at 9:15 a.m. to put together an anthem for that Sunday's service. This year the summer choir dates are June 24, July 29, August 26, and September 9 (if we are back on the fall schedule by September 9, we will meet at 10:15). In addition, we have a "men's choir" date on July 15, and a "women's choir" date on August 12. So if you like to sing but for some unfathomable reason have never joined the choir, you have multiple chances to try it out with no long-term commitment.

Special music: There are also opportunities for special music, which can be vocal, instrumental or both. We are pretty well set for anthems, but have slots open for anyone who wants to contribute an offertory. If you are interested, please mention it to Dr. Bingham or e-mail choir@takomaparkpc.org.

Dr. James Bingham, Music Director

Takoma Park Presbyterian Church has a very talented music director, Dr. James Bingham. He directs the choir and provides organ and piano music during worship services.

Dr. Bingham has a long and distinguished career in teaching choral music at the college level. He currently serves as the chairman of the music department at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, and directs several student choirs there. He also directs the choir at Spencerville Seventh Day Adventists Church. Throughout his career, Dr. Bingham has led choirs at a number of churches of various sizes and denominations.

Dr. Bingham notes with some amusement that, although Columbia Union College lies at the other end of Maple Avenue, he never knew TPPC existed before he saw our job announcement. "That made me very curious," he reports. The TPPC position also seemed like the opportunity he had been looking for "to reach out to the larger community and contribute some of my skills."

The choir enjoys working with Dr. Bingham immensely. Choir members agree that Dr. Bingham's enthusiasm for music and people is infectious.

The choir hopes that its membership will continue to grow under Dr. Bingham's leadership, and encourages other members of the congregation and the community to try it out.