Music Mission Statement
Life in the Music Ministries at Santa Clarita UMC has been busy and active this summer. We have adopted a mission statement for our music programs at SCUMC: "To provide a nurturing and divine environment to lift us heavenward and connect us with God's love through music within our congregation and our community."

Summer Special Music
July 2 - Vacation Bible School - "Hero Central"
July 9 - Dick Hughes - "He" (Guest pianist, Marty Hillman)
July 16 - Marsha & Randy Gilpin
July 23 - Maverick Group - "Amazing Grace"
July 30 - Hymn Sing, featuring Deb, Debbie, Diane, and Kathy
August 6 - Wanda McNeal & Dick Hughes - "He Touched Me"
August 13 - Debbie Malena and Garth Phillipsen (sp?)
August 20 - Wanda McNeal - "God is Real"
August 27 - Choir and Handbells

Important Dates
Thursday, July 6 - 3:45-5 PM - Youth Band / Praise Band Rehearsal
Thursday, July 20 - 3:45-5 PM - Youth Band / Praise Band Rehearsal
Thursday, August 3 - 3:45-5 PM - Youth Band / Praise Band Rehearsal
Tuesday, August 8 - 7:30-9 PM - Choir Rehearsals Start Back
Sunday, November 5 (All Saint's Day) - 9-10 AM & 6-7 PM - Fauré's Requiem
Sunday, December 10 - 6-8 PM - Christmas Concert - All music groups
Sunday, December 24 -5-6:30 PM - Good News Gang Christmas Musical
Sunday, December 24 - 9-10 PM - Christmas Cantata w/ Candlelights
Sunday, December 24 - 11 PM - Handbells Christmas Eve Service


The Praise Band is calling all youth musicians and singers to form a Youth Band that will provide music for selected 11 AM services during the 2017-18 school year. All musicians are invited to attend rehearsals. Rehearsals are scheduled from 3:45-5 PM on Thursdays, July 6th, July 20th, and August 3rd.  For additional information, please contact Aaron Miller at or Brandon Gonsalves at brandogonsalves@gmailcom.

The Chancel Choir will be performing Gabriel Fauré's Requiem on Sunday, November 5th for All Saints Day, at the 9 AM service and as a 6 PM concert. This performance is open to community members who would like to sing, as well as choristers in other congregations of various denominations. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, August 8th from 7:30-9 PM and continue through November 5th. We are seeking "sponsors" to donate funds for orchestra members to join us for this special event. For more information, please contact Dr. Joshua Wentz at

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9am & 11am
Worship Services

Santa Clarita United Methodist Church

26640 Bouquet Canyon Road

Santa Clarita, CA  91350

​Phone:  661-297-3783

Chancel Voices Adult Choir

(9am & 11am services)  Rehearsals: 7:30 PM Thursdays in the Choir Room & as called .  Director: Josh Wentz

​Second Service Band
(11am Service)  Rehearsals: 8:45 PM Thursday evenings in the Sanctuary.  Director: Cassie Nickols

Messengers Youth Ensemble
​Starts September 20th (grades 7-12 and early college) Rehearsals: 4.45 PM on Mondays in the choir room .  Director: Erica Hardbarger

SCUM Gospel Choir

Meeting times vary - email

Good News Gang
(grades 1st-6th)  Rehearsals: 10:15 AM Sundays in Choir Room .  Director: Debbie Moreno Phillipsen

Littlest Disciples
(Ages 3 – Kindergarten)  Rehearsals: 10:15 AM Sunday in Room 5 .  Director: Sue Jackson and Sydnee Kruezberger

Silver Jubilee Ringers
Adult Handbell Choir   Rehearsals: 7:00 PM Tuesday in the Sanctuary Bell Loft.  Coordinator: Keir Karzin

Rainbow Ringers
Youth Handbell Choir (grades 4-12th)  Rehearsals: 6:00 PM Tuesday in the Sanctuary Bell Loft .  Coordinator: Juliana Gilpin

In addition to participation in weekly worship services, the music ministry contributes a number of special musical offerings each year.
This year these include:
- Christmas Concert (2nd Sunday of December)
- Music & Arts Sunday (May)
- Children’s Musical (Spring)
- Spring Ring and Sing Concert (May)

Music Ministry Staff
​Director of Music : Josh Wentz 
Organist/Accompanist: Cassandra Nickols
Handbell Coordinator : Keir Karzin

​Youth Band Director:  Carren Jones