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Music

2020 E. Washington          

Monticello, IL 61856              

217-762-2579                      

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Music


At Monticello UMC, we take humble pride in the quality of our music program.  From our Sanctuary Choir and Hand Bell Choirs to our in-house vocal quartet, “Those Guys” and Praise Team, we offer a wide variety of musical experiences in our worship services.

Vocal Choirs
The Sanctuary Choir, led by our music director, Kathy Brown, is one of the premier church choirs in the area, providing historic and contemporary pieces from Handel’s “Messiah” to “Days of Elijah.”  They provide an anthem for our 8:30 Traditional Service the first, second, third, and fifth Sundays of the month, and sing a special music piece for the 11:00 Contemporary Service the first Sunday of the month.

What can we say about the gospel quartet, “Guys4Him”?  Dean Worthey (tenor), Kim Baker (tenor), Dave Miller (baritone), and Charlie Montgomery (bass) bless our worship services with great gospel pieces from deep, meaningful songs like “I Love You, Lord”, to the comic crowd pleaser, “Heaven’s Joy Awaits” where Dean plays his nose like a trumpet.  Those Guys provide special music for both worship services on the 2nd Sunday of the month, and the whenever there’s a 5th Sunday.

Those Guys join a quartet of ladies to create our Chancel Ensemble, which provides special music occasionally throughout the year.

Handbell Choirs
The art of handbell ringing dates back to the 17th century, but is quickly becoming a lost art.  However, we at Monticello UMC pride ourselves in the talent and devotion of our handbell choirs, led by Laurie Taylor.  Our Adult Handbell Choir provides a wide variety of styles of music, from classical to contemporary pieces, every 4th Sunday of the month in both services.  Laurie also leads a Youth Bell Choir aka "the Bell Squad" that play on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

New Day
A modern band that provides music for our 10:45 Contemporary Worship Service every week.  From the latest songs to hit Christian radio to our renditions of the foundational hymns of the faith, the Praise Team enjoys leading worship with songs from many styles… but we mostly like to rock!