Director of Music Ministries


The first page of the United Methodist Hymnal lists John Wesley’s “Rules for Singing”. No. 1 is “Learn these tunes before you learn any others. Afterward you may learn as many as you please.” Singing has always been a strong tradition within the Methodist Church, and Tryon has long followed that tradition. Early church photos show a strong choir presence which has continued through the years. Children’s and Nursery choirs have also been a part of that tradition. The choir has been active not only in serving in the worship service but in community events as well. Those who have served the church as Music Director include Helen Cobb, Beth Page Culbreth, Peter Kutt, Mary Davis, and Joy Gardiner, with Nancy Dunn, Nancy Ezzard, Pat Cowan and Jane Stikeleather serving as valuable step-ins when needed.  The current Music Director is Pam McNeil.  “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves: we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

– Psalm 100

Sunday mornings are one of those times that sleeping in or lazing about with that second cup of coffee sounds pretty good- you know what I'm talking about, don't you ? But the little voice that says, "time to get in the shower or you'll be late for church" keeps whispering, so we forego the coffee or the extra snooze and get ourselves moving toward the door.


And it never fails - I walk into my Father's house and their is my family, always with a smile and ready to greet me. We share stories of the week, the good or bad news of our families, a good joke, what's coming up for us in the week to come.  We share with smiles, laughter,  caring and love for one another. In the choir room we get the (unleaded) coffee going, gather robes, books, music, stories and the right notes (hopefully!) , and settle into a wonderful time of fellowship with each other. And it's always perfect. By now the extra snooze and the coffee on the porch are forgotten. This is the place to be, here with family, and I am glad to be here.


The choir door is always open, and for anyone who wants to join us all is welcome!

There is always a chair, music and a family available for you. Come on in!

We will be practicing on Wednesday Choir at 5:00PM in the choir room

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December 2019

What Child Is This

Music by Mary McDonald

Song by Chancel Choir

August 29,2021

Give Thanks

by Henry Smith/arr. Larson

Song by Tene Greene Porter 

Chancel Choir Member

October 10 , 2021

From The Autumn Sky

Words and Music by Ruth Elanie Schram

Song by Chancel Choir

October 31, 2021


by Mark Hayes

Song by Chancel Choir

November 7 , 2021

Surely The Presence

Words and Music by Lanny Wolfe

Song by Chancel Choir

November  14 , 2021

Steal Away

Song by Chancel Choir

Febuary 13, 2022

The Lone Wild Bird

Soloist by Tene Green Porter

And Also Song by Chancel Choir

Febuary 20, 2021

The Gift of Love

Arr. by Hal H Hopson

Song by Chancel Choir

March 6, 2022

No Tears in Heaven

Arr. by Smoke on the Mountain

Song by Sanders Family Singers.

March 6, 2022

Whispering Hope

Arr. by Smoke on the Mountain

Song by Sanders Family Singers.

March 13,  2022

Come Ye Sinners

Word by Josph Hart and Arr by Ronald Tuner

Song by Chancel Choir

March 20,  2022

Irish Blessing

Song by Chancel Choir

March 6, 2022

I’ll Fly Away

Arr. by Smoke on the Mountain

Song by Sanders Family Singers.

March 27,  2022

Give Me A Song

Song by Chancel Choir

April 3,  2022

Risen Indeed

Composer: Diane Hannibal

Arr: Joel Raney

Song by Chancel Choir

May 1 , 2022

Bread of the world

Arr: ReginaldbHerber

Song by Chancel Choir

April 3,  2022

Hallelujah/ Joy

Song by Chancel Choir & Congregation

May 8 , 2022

Great is the Faithfulness

Word by: Thomas O Chisholm

Arr: William M Runyan

Song by Chancel Choir

May 15 , 2022

O Magnify the Lord

Words by: Tom Fettke

Arr:Melodie Tunney, Dick Tunney

Song by Chancel Choir

May 22 , 2022

Down to the River

Arr: Tom Fettke

Song by Chancel Choir

May 28 , 2022

They Will Know We Are Christians

Song by Chancel Choir & Congregation 

June 5, 2022

Go Into the World

Arr: Mary Kay Beall

Song by Chancel Cho

June 12, 2022

I Want Jesus to Walk With Me

Arr: Alice Parker 

Song by Chancel Choir

June 19, 2022

Borning Cry 

Words by: John Ylvisaker
Arr: Lloyd Larson

Song by Chancel Choir

June 26, 2022

I Have Decided To Follow 

Arr: R Kevin Boesige

Song by Chancel Choir

July 3, 2022

Here I Am Lord

Song by Chancel Choir and Congregation

July 10, 2022

The Gift of Love

Song by Tena Greene and Jim Hawkin

July 10, 2022

We Will Walk in the Light

Song by Chancel Choir

July 10, 2022

By the Waters of Babylon

Song by Jim Hawkins

July 10, 2022


Song by Tena Greene

July 10 , 2022

Joy Down in My Heart

Arr: Mary McDonald

Song by Chancel Choir

July 17, 2022

Lord of the Dance

Words by Sydney Carter

Arr: Don Hart

Song by Chancel Choir



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The Handbell Choir door is always open, and anyone who wants to join us all is welcome! We will be practicing  Wednesday at 6:00pm in the Handbell chior room.

Wanangwa Hartwell is our bell director. She has been playing bells since the year 2000 and teaching since 2010. She has been leading our bell choir since 2017. She also teaches the school children at her church, Tryon Seventh-day Adventist School, just up the road. When not doing bells, she works full time at the Polk County Public Library. She and her husband Ronnie live on a farm with lots of cats, dogs and poultry. Her mom, Lorna Dever, also lives with them. Wanangwa and Lorna manage the Share Thy Bread Food Pantry at their church. In her (limited) free time, Wanangwa enjoys reading, cooking, baking and watching and quoting movies. Our handbell practice is open for you to stop by. We welcome new ringers and enjoy making beautiful music together.



Jubilate Bells

Come Ye Thankful People

 Ode to Joy

Joyous Procession

March 20, 2022

With Thanks and Praise

March 20, 2022

Fairest Lord Jesus