At Williamsburg UMC, we eagerly experience God through awe-inspiring music. More than 150 adults, children, and youth participate in our ensembles and share their musical gifts with our congregation. As you explore the following sections, you'll find a range of opportunities tailored for all ages. From the timeless resonance of our choirs to the harmonious interplay of our bells, the symphonic richness of our orchestra, and the spirited energy of our praise band – there's a place for you to lend your voice and talents.

children & youth programs


Wesley Choir is an elementary age choir that focuses on teaching participants how to use their voice, read music, as well as find a new expression to their engagement in worship. Participants help lead worship about once a month throughout the school year and break for the summer months. Students in grades 1-5 meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. in Room 173 to rehearse unison and two-part music.


This group offers a unique opportunity for preschoolers and pre-readers to dive into the world of singing, discover the magic of their own voices, and share in a joyful ministry experience. Join us in the parlor on Sundays from 10:00 - 10:30 am for an engaging musical adventure. Afterward, students can either be picked up or smoothly transitioned to the nursery. It's a wonderful way for the little ones to start their day with music and togetherness!


Our dynamic handbell ensemble offers a unique platform for students to explore the artistry of handbells and cultivate their musical talents in a supportive environment. We welcome all enthusiastic students to join us for rehearsals, no auditions required. Bells of Praise takes an active role in worship, performing once a month throughout the school year, and embarks on an annual music and arts retreat.

Middle and high school students gather every Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 112 to rehearse and refine their skills.


Canticles of Praise is a multi-part youth choir designed to impower youth age participants to lead music through the choral arts. No auditions required, just come and rehearse so that when we help lead worship, we are giving our best to God. Canticles of Praise typically participates in worship once a month throughout the school year and embarks on a music and arts trip annually.

Middle and Highschool Students rehearse Sunday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Room 173.


The Worship and Arts Youth Tour is an exciting annual event where youth unleash their musical and artistic talents in our mission field. From mission projects to leading worship with other congregations, faith development, and even thrilling adventures like our trip to Kings Dominion last year, there's something for everyone. We would love to have your Youth join us for an unforgettable journey filled with faith, creativity, and fun! 


Praise God in his sanctuary. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, hart, lyre, tambourine, dancing, strings, flute, and cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. (Psalm 150 paraphrased)


adult programs


Koinonia Belles: Our handbell choirs are incredibly inclusive and welcoming. The morning group has ranged from a trio to a sextet. If we have enough players, we'll even bring back the In Nomine Dei Ringers! Koinonia Belles meets every Tuesday at 12:00 pm.

Covenant Ringers: Covenant Ringers, our talented full bell choir, meets on Thursdays at 5:30 pm. You'll find the magical sounds resonating from the Bell Room (Room 112).



Join us for rehearsals on Mondays at 5:15 pm, where musicians of all skill levels are welcome! Whether you're a beginner or have years of experience, you'll find a place in our diverse, supportive, warm and knowledgeable community. Please bring your own instrument. If you need assistance in finding one, we'll be more than happy to help! The Sanctuary Orchestra performs in worship about once a month, from September through May.



Our Sunday morning worship service is open to everyone from young adults and beyond. Don't worry if you're new to the singing scene – experience isn't a prerequisite here. We're all about helping you shine vocally and spiritually as you find your groove. Members are asked to sing one service each Sunday – you can choose between the early bird service at 8:15 am or the 11:00 am service. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, and/or a new option of Sunday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 am. If you're up for growing in more ways than one, and having an absolute blast, this is your invitation to be part of something extraordinary. 


annual messiah concert

Experience the timeless tradition that captures the essence and wonder of Christmas. For the past 24 years, Williamsburg United Methodist Church has proudly hosted our Annual Messiah Concert, showcasing the beloved masterpiece by George Frideric Handel: Part 1 - The Christmas Story. This cherished event attracts musicians and attendees from across the Hampton Roads Region. Last year, our concert united chorus members from 13 church choirs and 7 communities spanning Hampton Roads, Springfield, VA, and Elmhurst, IL.

Immerse yourself in the captivating performances of the Handel Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, led by our esteemed Director of Worship Arts, Lou-Anne Smith, accompanied by the mastery of our celebrated organist, Thomas Marshall. The concert is elevated by the vocal talents of featured soloists (last year's vocalists): Michelle Trovato, Soprano; Dr. Kelly J. Montgomery, Contralto; Ian Lane, Tenor; Chris Mooney, Bass. Explore the program from last year's concert here.

Messiah will celebrate 25 years this year! Look for announcements about special opportunities and ways you can get involved!


Rehearsals begin each November with the Concert being held the first weekend in December. Whether you're a seasoned singer or just looking to make melodious memories, your voice is the missing piece that will make this performance truly magnificent! We look forward to having you join us! 

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We are so grateful for the countless members and friends of our church who enthusiastically and graciously volunteer to assist with the many tasks for Messiah each year.  It truly is a community event! If you would like to join our Messiah Concert Prep Team, we would be so happy to have you!

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Our Peragallo Pipe Organ was installed in July 2011. It is a 62 rank, three manual and pedal organ. The main organ includes the Grand Orgue, Positiv, Pedal, and Recit Divisions which occupy the pipe chamber on the right side of the nave. The new Grand Choeur division is located behind the left casework and provides a foil to the main instrument and allows for a balance of tonal projection in the worship space to support congregational singing. The organ key desk is a low-profile French curved terrace design with select hardwoods such as cherry and mahogany. The tonal design was developed in collaboration with the church organist, Thomas Marshall. 

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As part of the installation, the organ committee and the Peragallo's worked to improve the acoustics of the space by adding new tonal openings on both sides of the sanctuary and adding a new hardwood floor to the chancel area. The effect of these site improvements created a wonderfully balanced acoustic for the organ to project down the nave of the church. The architectural integrity of the sanctuary has been enhanced by the new facade pipe cabinets positioned in front of the tonal openings. The Peragallo firm designed these cabinets to match perfectly with the original architecture and fine 18th century millwork present throughout the church sanctuary.

The Peragallo Pipe Organ Company is a fourth generation of organ builders. It was founded in 1918 by Mr. John Peragallo, Sr., who was an apprentice with the famous E.M. Skinner Organ Company. Mr. John Peragallo, Jr., joined the company in 1949 and further enhanced the business with a close “father-son” relationship. Today, this tradition continues with John III and Frank now heading the company joined by their sons Anthony and John IV. Specialized personal voicing has been the credo of the Peragallo Organ Company with personal voicing by John III, Frank, and their sons. The Peragallo firm is a family organization whose pipe organs successfully integrate old world craftsmanship with modern day technology. For more information, visit their website at