Village Church holds up music as a primary mode of faithfulness. Soaring scores of Bach and Handel, familiar hymns and spirituals, folk and world music, we sing together to heal and hope. We are fortunate to have three music directors who bring a multidimensional perspective to our music program: David Carrier, director of music, Dr. Kevin McDonald, director of youth music, and Ed Broms, associate director of music. Each musician has a distinct approach and seeks to amplify the human urge to sing, whether for the purpose of prayer, advocacy or self expression.
Our Director of Music
Director of Music David Carrier recently offered his thoughts on ministering through music during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of the joy he experiences through the music at Village Church.
Read the Q&A
Even during COVID, have you been working with ministers to connect scripture, sermon and music?
Yes, we have. We have our weekly Zoom staff meetings to discuss worship – what the scriptures are, what the sermon may be about, and what music would fit best.
Do you think it is different? More difficult?
Yes, it is definitely different. Being in the same room and intuiting each other’s energy is missing, but many fine conversations still take place. Like everyone, I long for when we can be together.
What is your favorite sacred music?
That is difficult because there are so many. I would say I like traditional the most, and I think of that as a style that expands centuries through to today.
Do you have a favorite season?
My favorite season is definitely Advent/Christmas. All the familiar music that everyone knows and can sing with abandon, the sense of togetherness, the light rising as the sky gets darker, the church filled and bubbling with energy, the amazing congregational singing, the traditional and new anthems the choir sings, and the lovely energy everyone shares. When “O Come, All Ye Faithful” begins on Christmas Eve, I feel a thrill that is unmatched. Much comes close, but still unmatched.
The strong tradition of choral music at Wellesley Village Church has been passed down to the youth, who are inspired to experiment with how and what they play. Keyboardists, guitarists, brass players, woodwinds and percussionists feel at home. It is an important way our youth bond. The director of youth music, Kevin McDonald, believes that “music is a gift we have all been given by God.”
“In God’s eyes, we are all loved and all welcome. Therefore, the voices of ALL children and youth in worship of God and fellowship with one another make a glorious sound that brings joy, love, peace, and comfort to the soul. Making music is our way of doing God’s work here on Earth to make this world a better place for all people.”– Kevin McDonald, Director of Youth Music
High School Youth Group Music
Members of the High School Youth Group, Russell Hornung, Nell Simister, Isaac Hargrave, Alex Hoskyns, Connor Simko, and Evan Strouse sing their rendition of “You Say” by Lauren Daigle.
Village Church youth vocalists Ashna Hille, Scotia Hille, Evan Strouse, and Andrea Georgenes, join a Boston-based musical group to bring Marvin Gaye’s “Ooh Child” to online worship.