Music at Wesley

Hymn Festival with Tom Trenney

Tom Trenney will lead a Hymn Festival with Organ and Choir on Thursday, June 16, at 7:30pm at Wesley United Methodist Church in Muscatine. He is Minister of Music at First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has titled the event Will You Come and Follow Me? It is a hymn festival inviting us to answer the call to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God; it weaves together many hymns, Scripture readings, and a few choral anthems. Mr. Trenney will hold a rehearsal on Wednesday, June 15, at 7pm. Additionally, a rehearsal will also be held on Wednesday, June 8, at 7pm, led by Dan Laaveg, music director at Wesley. Please email Dan at to indicate your interest in participating, as well as any questions you have.

About Tom Trenney:
Tom shares his passion as a pastoral musician, composer, and teacher in worship with his home congregation, in the college classroom, and in performances, hymn festivals, choral and organ workshops, and master classes all around the country. In the 2018-19 season, Tom was invited as guest performer and clinician for national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Hymn Society of America. He and the Nebraska Wesleyan Choir were featured at the 2019 National Conference on Sacred Music. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, Tom is grateful for the inspiration of his teachers and mentors – especially Anton Armstrong, David Davidson, Craig Hella Johnson, (Mister) Fred Rogers, William Weinert, Anne Wilson, and Todd Wilson.

Summer Music Camp

July 18-22 for Students who have completed K-6th Grade
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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.

Music Ministries

Chancel Choir

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!

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Celebration Band

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.

Handbell Choir

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.

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Muscatine Youth Choir

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 are November 14, December 12, and May 15, with additional singing opportunities expected to be added. Dr. Laaveg leads this group. Register your child at the link below!

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Muscatine Children's Choir

This is a community community choir open to students in 3rd through 6th grade, and it also 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 2021-22 year are the Fine Arts Concert on November 14, Lessons and Carols on December 12, and the Spring Concert on May 15, with additional community singing opportunities expected to be added. Dr. Dan Laaveg leads this group.

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Muscatine Littlest Angels Choir

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 in December and the Spring Concert. Ruthellen Brooks leads this group. Please register at the link below:

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Our Organ
Our Organ

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.

Music Staff


Director of Music


Associate Director of Music