Music at Wesley

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: https://tinyurl.com/3zvc5a3v.

Music Ministries

Chancel Choir

This choir, directed by Dan Laaveg and accompanied by Sally Potter, 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 rehearses Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:45pm, and they sing 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, email Dan at danlaaveg@wesleyonline.org, or talk to him after an upcoming service.

 

Celebration Band

The Celebration 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. Please talk to Joe after a service if you are interested in participating in the band.

Handbell Choir

Come ring with us! The Handbell Choir, directed by Dan Laaveg, provides anthems approximately once per month at the 11:00 a.m. traditional service, and plays twice a year at local nursing homes. They rehearse on Wednesdays from 11:15am-12:15pm. No prior handbell experience is necessary, though previous music experience is. Please email Dan at danlaaveg@wesleyonline.org if you are interested in joining.

 

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 pm from August 25, 2024 to May. Performance dates for the 2024-25 season are Sunday, December 15 and Sunday, May 11. Additional singing opportunities are expected to be added. Dr. Laaveg leads this group. Register your child at https://tinyurl.com/bdm887v2. Since 7th-8th graders have the ability to be in 1 or 2 choirs (Youth Choir or Children’s Choir), please contact Dan Laaveg with any questions you may have.

Muscatine Children's Choir

 

This is a community choir open to Muscatine area students in 3rd through 8th grade. Wesley Associate Music Director & Organist Sally Potter leads this group. The choir rehearses on Mondays from 4:00-4:45pm from September 9, 2024, to May. Performance dates for the 2024-25 season are Sunday, December 15 and Sunday, May 11. Additional singing opportunities are expected to be added. Register your child at https://tinyurl.com/bdm887v2. Since 7th-8th graders have the ability to be in 1 or 2 choirs (Youth Choir or Children’s Choir), please contact Dan Laaveg with any questions you may have.

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 September 9, 2024, to May. Littlest Angels’ Choir focuses on singing, musical fun, and games. Performance dates for the 2024-25 season are Sunday, December 15 and Sunday, May 11.  Dr. Laaveg leads this group. Register your child at https://tinyurl.com/bdm887v2.

Annual Festival of Lessons & Carols

Wesley’s annual Festival of Lessons & Carols will be December 15, 2024, at 2:30pm. The 2022 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.

Summer Music Camp

Wesley has a tradition of putting on a 1-week Summer Music Camp. The 2024 camp will be July 15-19. Registration for Summer Music Camp 2024 is open for 3rd-6th graders! Registration has closed for K-2nd graders due to reaching our maximum capacity. To register, you may use the QR code provided, go to https://tinyurl.com/48sacw3y, or fill out a paper registration, which is available outside Wesley’s main office.

In 2023, we had 39 campers. At camp, students who have just finished K-2nd grade learn a program of songs and the first song in the musical, and the 3rd-6th graders learn a musical. In 2023, we did the musical “Oh, Jonah” to the delight of the audience. See the all-camp Friday evening performance here: https://www.facebook.com/WesleyMuscatine/videos/651090576633459

Students who have just completed K-2nd grades come from 9:00 to 11:30am each morning, and students who have just completed 3rd-6th grades attend from 9:00am till 2:30pm each day (lunch provided). Each day is filled with musical exploration: musical games, singing, handbells, boomwhackers…  and lots more!

Hymn Festival 2024 Video

To watch the June 6, 2024, Hymn Festival 'To Everything There is a Season,' which Dr. David Cherwien led, go to https://tinyurl.com/4uumuj3r.

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

DAN LAAVEG

Director of Music

SALLY POTTER

Associate Director of Music

JOE BARTON

Celebration Worship Leader