Main Street UMC, Kernersville, NC

Music Ministries

‘We Rise’, by Adam Mitchell

We Rise - by Adam Mitchell

The Heavens Are Telling – May 2021

Easter 2021

Cantata 2019


August 2018 – Give a BIG Main Street Welcome to our new Organist, Keith Maxey

Main Street has a new organist, Keith Maxey! Keith has a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State
University and a Master of Music from Indiana University where he studied piano, organ, and choral  conducting.

He has served several United Methodist Churches in North Carolina, Florida, and Kentucky and has taught
public school music. Keith also has a degree in Information Technology from UNCG and works for Cone
Health. Keith, his wife, and their children live in south Greensboro.


Summer Schedule and Beyond for Chorale and Chancel Choir

June                Every Monday in June, at 7:00-8:30 pm Combined Choir Rehearsal (No Wednesday night rehearsals in June)
June 11            Monday, 7:00-8:30 pm Combined Choirs rehearse for Claude’s last Sunday

*June 17         Combined Choirs sing both 8:30 and 11:00 am Services for Claude’s last Sunday. 8:00 am warm up in the choir room. I will provide refreshments between services in the choir room! Thank you for singing both services!

July                  Sunday am warm-ups at 8:00 am or 10:30 am respectively

(No night rehearsals in July)
*July 15           Sing for new Pastor, Dr. Mike Gehring’s, first Sunday at MSUMC. (I am not requiring that we combine choirs on this date, but I will not turn anyone away who volunteers to sing for both services! Warm-ups at 8:00 or 10:30 am respectively.)

August            Wednesdays in August, at 7:00-8:30 pm Combined Choir Rehearsal
(No Monday night rehearsals in August)
Sept 3              No Monday night rehearsal. Happy Labor Day!
Sept 5              7:30 pm Last Combined Choir Wednesday Rehearsal of the Season

Fall Schedule Begins:

Sept 10            Mondays at 7:00-8:30 pm Chorale Rehearsal
Sept 12            Wednesdays at 7:30-9:00 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Nov 19             7:00-8:30 pm Combined Choir Rehearsal                        
Nov 21             No Wednesday night rehearsal. Happy Thanksgiving!
Dec 3               7:00-8:30 pm Combined Choir Rehearsal
Dec 5               7:30-9:00 pm Combined Choir Cantata Dress Rehearsal
Dec 9               8:30 & 11:00 Services Christmas Cantata (warm-up at 8:00 am)
Dec 19             7:30-9:00 pm Combined Choir Dress Rehearsal for Christmas Eve
Dec 24             6:15 pm warm up for 7:00 pm Christmas Eve Service in Sanctuary
10:30 pm warm up for 11:00 pm Christmas Eve Service in Choir Room
Dec 26 & 31    No Rehearsals. Merry Christmas! Sing for your respective services on Dec. 30
Jan 2                7:30-9:00 pm Combined Choir Rehearsal


Christmas Cantata 2017

The Fall season is about to begin! Here are the choirs and musical ensembles offered through Main Street UMC. One of these may be just right for you or your family member! Check it out!

 ♫♫♫ Music Matters  ♫♫♫

 Angel Choir (3, 4, 5, & 6 year olds)
This choir is expanding and moving to Sundays10:00-10:15 am, room CE315 during the Sunday School hour Leaders: Meredith Robbins and Allison Albert

Cherub & Carol Choir (2nd thru 5th grades)

Wednesdays, 6:15-7:00 pm, room AE421 (upstairs on the South end of the Adult Education Building.) Nancy Blakemore and Jill Branoff welcome Johnathan Love to the CCC leadership team!

Alpha & Omega Youth Choir (6th thru 12th grades) Sundays 4-5 pm in room C201 (in the basement of the Chapel building) Jenny Lail, director

Chancel Chorale (8:30 Service Choir) Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm in Room 106 of the Sanctuary building. Nancy Blakemore, director

Chancel Choir (11:00 Service Choir) Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm in Room 106 of the Sanctuary building. Nancy Blakemore, director

Jubilee Praise Team (Jubilee Worship) meets Thursdays, at 5:30 pm in Chapel Hall. For more info contact Clay Howard.

Main Street Handbell Choir, Wed., 6:30-7:30pm in room 101. Contact Pat M. Hill through

Blackwell Singers, Adult Mixed Ensemble, meet the second Sunday of the month, 9:35-10:25 am in Room 106. Additional rehearsals TBA. For more info contact Nancy Blakemore.

Singing Kirkmen, Adult Men’s Ensemble, meet the second Monday of the month, 8:15-9:00 pm in Room 106. Additional rehearsals TBA. For more info contact Nancy Blakemore.

Worship Band, Sundays, at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. for more info contact Jim Crieder.

Main Street Orchestra plays for special events throughout the year. For more information about any of the groups listed above contact Nancy Blakemore, Director of Music Ministries, or call 336-993-3411.


Main Street Organist Carina Sturdy along with other students of Dr. Timothy Olsen will present the final organ concert in the Sounds of Summer Series this Sunday, August 20, at 7:00 pm at UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem. Let’s show Carina and Dr. Olsen that Main Street supports them! We will carpool from the MSUMC parking lot leaving at 6:15 pm. An on-campus Shuttle Service will transport us from the main UNCSA parking lot to Crawford Hall.


MSUMC organist, Carina Sturdy, is having a busy summer! When she is not here playing for summer worship at Main Street she is away at conferences studying and refining her organ and conducting technique. This week she is at Duke Chapel for the Royal School of Church Music in America’s Summer Course where she is serving as Assistant Organist/Conducting Scholar. Her responsibilities include some accompanying and conducting some of the student choirs, and she will play for parts of the worship services. This week-long event culminates in 11:00 Worship at Duke Chapel on Sunday, July 16 and a 4:00pm Evensong that same afternoon.

Earlier in June Carina went to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the American Guild of Organists where she was awarded second place in the Regional Competition for Young Organists. She also attended workshops and various recitals. Congratulation, Carina!

(Article here -> /wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Carina2017.pdf)

Easter 2016

Palm Sunday 2016


Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Do you love to sing? Do you play an instrument? Express your love of God through the Music Ministry at Main Street UMC. We have three distinct services that cover all styles of Christian music.b for more information.


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