Mid-Ohio Valley Community Ukulele Choir
Now rehearsing Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Pastor Don envisions Hawaiian shirts, strumming ukuleles, and smiling faces stretched across the stages of the Mid-Ohio Valley. After watching a ukulele choir perform at the United Methodist denomination’s General Conference, Pastor Don felt that a similar program would benefit the community of Marietta.
Christ Church hopes that the ukulele choir will also be a platform for community connection. The plan is for a community ukulele choir, not a Christ Church ukulele choir. We want to provide a place where the joy of music brings people together.
This unique music ministry of Christ UMC will be open to anyone of any experience level. People often wish for musical “talent” but do not think they have the skill necessary. The ukulele is the perfect beginner’s instrument with its four strings. Within 30 minutes most people can learn three chords and play a simple song. The choir will be instructional and open to children in 4th grade through senior citizens. Each rehearsal will focus on learning two to three chords with the goal of playing a specific performance piece.
The ukulele was developed in the 1880s by Portuguese immigrants to Hawaii. King Kalakaua highlighted the instrument in Hawaiian royal performances and from there the instrument became a symbol of Hawaiian culture. The word “ukulele” roughly translates as “jumping flea”, possibly referring to the movement of a player’s fingers. Today, the ukulele makes music attainable for all ages.
Pastor Don extends an invitation to anyone who plays the ukulele or wants to learn. Our rehearsal schedule is Tuesdays, 7 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Adults and children 4th grade or higher are invited to participate. Vocalists and percussionists are also welcome. For more information contact the church office.