Music is a vital element to our worship, and the musicians of North delight in offering their gifts of music to assist in and enrich our corporate worship. Music elements in worship range from hymn-singing to simple chants to the presentation of special music. Styles of music range from contemporary compositions to classical selections and original pieces to global sounds. We select a variety of music to inspire the listener and performer both spiritually and culturally. Whether with voice or instrument, we strive to make a joyful sound to the Lord as we offer our prayers, time, and talents for worship.
Mark Gilgallon, Director of Music
North’s music ministry is under the direction of Mark Gilgallon. Mark is a professional singer, having performed widely in opera and musical theatre, as well as at Carnegie Hall and with the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Cincinnati Pops symphonies. Mark is an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Marian University, Vocal Director for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration, and is a vocal coach to five time Grammy Award winner Sandi Patty.
Heather Hinton, Organist
Heather Hinton is North’s organist presiding over the church’s three pipe organs. Heather is the winner of the 1996 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance of the American Guild of Organists, has enjoyed a diverse career as a church organist, concert organist, choral accompanist, and chamber musician. Currently the choral accompanist at IUPUI and a freelance musician, she has also served as Organist and Assistant Director of Music and Fine Arts at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Instructor of Organ at Butler University, and Interim Associate Organist at Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. A graduate of Wellesley College, she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees, as well as a Performers Certificate, at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with David Higgs, Russell Saunders, and Arthur Haas (harpsichord). Principal piano study was with Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory of Music. Dr. Hinton has concertized extensively throughout the United States, including recitals at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and conventions of the American Guild of Organists in Denver and Fort Worth. She has appeared as a guest artist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and as a featured soloist on the national public radio program Pipedreams and the WFYI Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Broadcast. She is married to cellist Kurt Fowler and they have a 12-year-old daughter, Catherine.
Music at North includes vocal and instrument ensembles for both adults and youth.
With over 50 members, the Cathedral Singers is the largest choral ensemble at North Church and sings weekly at our 11:00 a.m. worship service and on special liturgical holidays.
Voices in Accord
Voices in Accord is an auditioned chamber choir consisting of 12-16 singers who offer a musical selectionduring worship services onthe second and fourth Sundays of the month and at special musical events and services throughout the year.
The Chancel Quartet
The Chancel Quartet sings at both Sunday services year round and is often featured as soloists in our larger choral works. The quartet consists of: Dr. Kathleen Hacker (soprano), Amy Cuomo (alto), and Ron Berry (baritone).
The Cathedral Ringers
The Cathedral Ringers is our adult handbell ensemble using a beautiful five-octave set of Malmark handbells. The Cathedral Ringers offer selections at both morning worship services approximately five weeks apart.
North’s Winds Brass Choirs
North’s Winds is a devoted brass ensemble that performs periodically throughout the year. For more information, click here.
North’s Winds Woodwind Ensemble Choir
North’s first-ever woodwind choir is starting for those who play a woodwind instrument (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, or bassoon) and have three years of playing experience. For more information, click here.
Children and Youth Music
Joyful Noise (3 – 5 years old)
Joyful Noise is our youngest children’s choir for pre-kindergarten ages and performs at least twice in the fall and twice in the spring.
Carolers (5 years old – 2nd grade)
The Carolers is our children’s choir for children 5 years old through 2nd grade and is directed by Denise Page Caraher who has been director for 30+ years.
Choristers (3rd– 6th grades)
The Choristers is our choir for 3rd through 6th graders and is directed by Rosie Jordan who has directed for over 20 years. The Choristers sing during worship about once a month, September-May, culminating in a children’s musical performed on Mother’s Day.
Youth Ringers (7th– 12th grades)
Youth Ringers is a handbell and handchime ensemble open to youth in 7th-12th grades. If you can read music, we’ll work with you to find a part you are comfortable reading. If you don’t read music, we will be glad to help you learn. Youth Ringers is directed by Jeff and Kelley Warbinton.