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Everyone has a place in the ministries of worship—from music and art through media—with ensembles and opportunities for every age group, skillset and musical ability. You can sing, play your instrument, serve as an assisting minister, participate in Reader’s Theater, assist with camera operation, video creation and much more!

Join the song

Music plays a central role in worship and spiritual life here at Westwood. For over six decades, our church has shared the stories of our faith and spread the good news of God’s unconditional love for all through song. We believe that music ministry begins with the congregation, with people of faith singing the church’s story. Our musical ensembles are an extension of the congregation’s voice, enhancing our worship on a weekly basis.

And, when you're part of a music group here, you will find opportunities to:   

  • Deepen your faith.

  • Connect with others.

  • Use your gifts in worship and praise.

  • Serve through engagement with the community.


If you're interested in joining an ensemble at Westwood or would like more information about ways you can serve in the ministries of worship, please contact G. Phillip Shoultz, III, Cantor for Music, Worship and the Arts, or the one of the other directors listed below. 

A Cappella Choir

Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 PM, Choir Room

Director: Phillip Shoultz,

This mixed-voice adult choir leads sung liturgy and provides anthems. In addition to Sunday and occasional Wednesday worship, A Cappella also has numerous fellowship opportunities. All voices and abilities are welcome.


Rehearsal: Wednesdays from 5:15-6:00 PM, Choir Room

Director(s): Elsa Lee, • Phillip Shoultz,

This mixed-voice 7th-12th grade choir provides anthems in dynamic ways that engages all voices and abilities. 

Children's Choir

Rehearsal: Sunday Mornings, 10:00-10:30 AM, Choir Room

Director: Phillip Shoultz and Michelle Shoultz,

We provide many opportunities for children preschool (ages 4)-6th grade and family members, to create meaningful musical contributions to our congregational life together.

Worship Team

Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM, Sanctuary

Director: Elsa Lee

All vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome to join this spiritual, creative, and musical outlet for leading the congregation. From piano and guitar settings to a full arrangements including drums to vocalists, we seek to add new dimensions in church song.

Westwood Ringers

Rehearsal: Tuesdays from 7-8:30 PM in Choir Room 

Director: Alanna Taragawa,

Our bell choir will divide into small ensembles and meet in person to provide music in worship each month. All who can read music are welcome, and all techniques are taught during rehearsals.

Music Consort: Solos, Duets, Ensembles

Contact: Phillip Shoultz,

If you sing or play any instrument proficiently and would like to share your musical gifts, we would love to add your name to our list so can provide musical selections on an occasional basis throughout the year.

Westwood Wind Ensemble

Rehearsal: Currently paused 

Director: To be announced.

The Westwood Wind Ensemble provides music in worship three times during the program year and is a musical highlight of worship. Anyone that can play an instrument is welcome!

Minneapolis Area Synod Senior Band

Rehearsal: selected Tuesdays 10 AM - 12:15 PM

Director: Nick Vanduzee,

Synod Senior Band:

This community band for seniors and retirees is a non-auditioned, "just for fun" band which rehearses about 12 times a year and schedules all performances between April and November. The group functions primarily for the enjoyment of playing music together.


Westwood tapes and broadcasts our services and events to make them more accessible for all. We regularly record worship, adult education, congregational meetings, weddings, funerals and special events. We welcome your skill—or even your interest—in audio and video production, using the audio or video board, online streaming, or social media.

For more detail, contact Phillip Shoultz,

Westwood Music Staff


Phillip Shoultz
Worship, Music & the Arts


Elsa Lee
Worship Team


Alanna Teragawa
Westwood Ringers


Gavin Berg
Artist in Residence

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