Music Ministry

Making music is a vital part of worship and congregational life at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. The diverse music ministry programs at Emmanuel provide our congregation, and visitors enhanced, joyful, and Spirit-led worship experiences. Through choral literature, instrumental and vocal ensembles as well as the congregation’s voices, we bring hymns of praise and thanksgiving to our Lord. With our music we “Serve the Lord with gladness” and “come into his presence with singing!” (Psalm 100:2)

If you have any questions about the music ministry here at Emmanuel or want to participate please e-mail Robert Morehead, Director of Music at

Cross Generational Choir-All Ages (yes, from 1-100)

Emmanuel’s Cross Generational Choir is a choir for all ages that leads and sings at 2 convergent services (9:30 AM) each year. We sing various styles and always have fun. Each season includes four rehearsals on Tuesdays (usually Nov. and either Jan/Feb) and includes a time for food and fellowship before at 6:30 PM. Music tracks are posted online and there is a one rehearsal requirement for anyone that would like to sing for the service.

Gifts of Special Music – All Ages

Emmanuel’s Director of Music is always delighted to incorporate any music talent or gift you have within the three worship services each Sunday. Each musician meets with the Director of Worship to practice and prepare and then the musical offering is scheduled and presented.

Pick Up Choirs- All Ages

These choirs are a cherished part of our music ministry. It all takes place on Sunday and it is open to anyone and requires no preparation before. Rehearsal takes place one hour before the service and then everyone sings at the following service. Two of our most popular choirs are the “No Excuses” choir and the “Stars and Stripes Singers.” Dates are announced in advance.

Revelation – Adults

Revelation is Emmanuel’s principal praise band, leading the congregation in worship and song at each Sunday morning 8:30 a.m. service. Participation in Revelation is open to singers and instrumentalists committed to leading the congregation in song and an enthusiasm for contemporary praise music. For more information or to request an audition, please contact Geoff Pemble via the church office at 703-938-2119.

Sanctuary Choir – Adults

The Sanctuary Choir is Emmanuel’s adult choral ensemble, leading the congregation each week in worship at the 11:00 a.m. service from September through May, and for special services during Advent and Lent. Participation in Sanctuary Choir is open to anyone who has a commitment to being a worship leader and enthusiasm for traditional and contemporary choral music. Emmanuel’s choir serves a s a community that enriches our worship of Jesus Christ through song. We do not perform and impress, but rather aim to encourage and instill a deeper desire for a heart of worship that glorifies a risen King!

WOW- Wonders Of Worship Children’s Ensemble-Children

WOW is Emmanuel’s children’s choir that often explores one additional aspect of the arts each year. This past year a stick drama was included in addition to regular singing. WOW sings on Christmas Eve and 3 other times a year. Each time includes a Sat. rehearsal with the singing and leadership on the following Sunday. Sheri Shaffer and JoAnn Carlson direct this group. It is open to all children.

Calling All Musicians: A Special Opportunity to Collaborate

Emmanuel’s Music Ministry Director Robert Morehead invites all Emmanuel musicians to join him for special music, song and hymn leadership at our 6:00 p.m. Sunday Worship services! At this time there are opportunities for all 6:00 p.m. worship services through the end of this year. Robert is willing to meet to rehearse whenever you may be available and is excited to give all musicians a chance to share their musical gifts. Please consider trying out one Sunday. It will be fun and rewarding! Contact Robert for further information.

Introducing Emmanuel’s Hymns of the Week

If you are a fan of church hymns and often find yourself curious about their origins, Emmanuel’s Music Ministry Director Robert Morehead is now offering the congregation and friends a sneak peek at a hymn he’ll feature during Sunday’s worship services each week. Check out this week’s song here!