Music at Wesley
Summer Music Camp
The FREE Summer Music Camp at Wesley United Methodist Church will be July 10-14, 2023, for students who have completed K-6th grade!
K-2nd grade students will meet 9:00am-11:30am daily.
3rd-6th grade students will meet 9:00am-2:30pm daily with lunch provided.
Each day will be filled with musical exploration: musical games, singing, boomwhackers, and lots more! K-2 students will prepare a program of songs and 3rd-6th graders will prepare a musical for a July 14 evening performance.
Registration is required and is available online by going to: bit.ly/3SDgf5S. If you prefer, you may fill out a paper registration form that is sitting outside the Wesley main office. You can also email Dan Laaveg, Wesley’s music director, at email@example.com, for a link to the registration form or any questions.
Sign up today! Registration will close on July 3. To guarantee a camp t-shirt, register by June 15.
About Our Music Ministry
Wesley has a deep commitment to providing high-quality traditional and contemporary music in our three services. Previous services can be seen on our YouTube Channel.
This choir, directed by Dan Laaveg, has a tradition of providing high-quality anthems and supporting congregational singing during the 11 a.m. traditional service. It is open to high school students and up. The choir sings most Sundays from September to May, and other special events including the Advent Lessons and Carols. We are welcoming new members! No audition is necessary, but some prior music experience is preferred. For more information, click below!
The band, led by Joe Barton, provides high-quality worship music for the 9:00 a.m. contemporary service. They share God’s joy through contemporary Christian music each week. We are looking for volunteer musicians to join the band!
This choir, directed by Dr. Dan Laaveg, provides anthems approximately once per month at the 11:00 a.m. traditional service, as well as local community nursing and retirement homes. Come ring with us! Please contact Dan if you are interested in joining. No prior handbell experience is necessary, though previous music experience is.
This is a community choir open to Muscatine area students in 7th through 12th grade. The choir sings a varied repertoire. They rehearse on Sunday afternoons from 3:30-4:45 p.m. from late August to May. Performance dates for the 2022-23 season are November 13, December 11, and May 7, with additional singing opportunities expected to be added. Dr. Laaveg leads this group. Register your child at the link below!
This is a community community choir open to students in 3rd through 6th grade, and it meets on Mondays from 4:00-4:45 p.m. from mid-September to May. This choir develops their vocal skills in an ensemble setting. Performance dates for the 2022-23 year are the Fall Concert on November 13, Lessons and Carols on December 11, and the Spring Concert on May 7, with additional community singing opportunities expected to be added. Dr. Dan Laaveg leads this group. Please sign up at the link below.
This is a community choir open to students in the Muscatine area in kindergarten through 2nd grade. They rehearse Mondays from 4:00-4:45 p.m. from mid-September to May. Littlest Angels Choir focuses on musical fun and games. They participate in the Lessons and Carols event on December 11 and the Spring Concert on May 7. Please register at the link below:
Wesley’s annual Festival of Lessons & Carols will be December 10, 2023, at 2:30pm. Last year’s Lessons & Carols can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emndkhbJIvQ. There were 7 Scripture readings that proclaimed Jesus’ birth along with anthems by the Muscatine Littlest Angels’ Choir, Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, Wesley’s Chancel Choir, and an orchestra.
Our incredible Fisk organ is the primary accompanying instrument at the 11:00 traditional service. Named Gracie Pearl and completed in 2019, it has 43 ranks and 2,413 pipes. See more details at Fisk’s website. Our previous Casavant organ was destroyed by a tornado in 2017.