Are music and art your strongest connections to the Divine?
At Olivet Church, you will find a community of musicians and artists who express faith in ways that transcend words. It is the quality of musical and artistic expression that sets this congregation apart.
Choir & Children's Choir
Olivet’s choir is directed by our Director of Music, Paul Boehnke. Choir members are dedicated volunteers who sing weekly during worship. Musical events including choral performance of Bach cantatas, Faure’s Requiem, and outstanding Christmas and Easter offerings mark the liturgical year. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from September through May.
Olivet’s charming English Cottage-style building and surrounding a garden courtyard make it an ideal setting for engaging life and faith through art. Olivet hosts art shows for artist-members and professional artists throughout the year. Art workshops inspire amateur artists to try a new form of expression, and art shows have even featured children’s artwork.
Classically-trained musician-members of the congregation include string, wind and brass artists who play and teach throughout the Twin Cities. With excellent acoustics, Olivet’s sanctuary is sought out by numerous local chamber music groups who often share music during worship, and offer discounted concert tickets to Olivet members.
Led by professional musician and teacher, Buffy Larson, Olivet’s bell choir is an opportunity for the musician and non-musician alike to participate in the ministry of music. The bell choir rehearses weekly on Saturday mornings and provides worship music.
With excellent acoustics and charming English Cottage-style building and garden courtyard, Olivet is a wonderful practice and performance setting with a variety of spaces available.
Olivet’s Director of Music, Paul Boehnke is also the Artistic Director of the Minnesota Bach Society. Styles of music used for worship range from Baroque to gospel and include new works commissioned by the congregation. But the main criteria for music selection is this: Is the piece well-crafted, do we perform it well, and does it inspire us to live abundant lives of faith?