'Creating Sounds' children's cantata sounds off May 4

Apr 21, 2014
Photo by: Donated MAKING MUSIC — From left, Harper Clark, Hudson Blackburn, and Bella Wren Moody practice the theme of the “Creating Sounds” under the instruction of Children’s Choir director Angela McHenry.

On Sunday, May 4, 2014, the Music Makers children’s program at Waynesville First United Methodist Church will present the musical cantata “Creating Sounds” — a retelling of the creation story through music and sound experimentation.

The cantata was written by FUMC music and worship arts director Scott Taylor and local writer Angela Dove.

“The story of creation has always been one of my favorites,” said Taylor. “We wanted to explore the notion of what creation might have sounded like while expanding the sonic potential of early music education.”

The final product is an energetic concert involving voices, chimes, bells, drums, water instruments and electronic sounds.

“The God depicted in the first chapter of Genesis is loving, creative and delighted by nature. Those are traits children share,” says Dove. “It’s an absolute delight to watch these little performers create their own world through music.”

Music Makers is a county-wide outreach program designed for Kindergarten through elementary school children. Begun in 2011, the music education program is held Wednesday afternoons during the school year and includes two levels of choir, two levels of percussion classes, hand chimes and hand bells. Kindergarten students have additional sessions for arts and crafts, and have even made some of the percussion instruments they play for the cantata. On Wednesday afternoons, adult and youth chaperones also help children with their homework and serve snacks. This year’s program was full at 60 students, and transportation was offered from Hazelwood, Central, Clyde and Junaluska Elementary schools.

While the children are the stars of “Creating Sounds,” adults have been working hard behind the scenes.

“The challenge has been to make these sounds larger than the instruments being played, and to really explore different elements of creation,” said Grady Wiley, drumming teacher.

To that end, instructors created a water-based sonic resonance system that features bubbles, sand, and wood elements.

“It’s awesome to see the kids bringing these instruments to life,” said Wiley.

The resulting sounds are mixed through a soundboard by electric guitarist Andy Brown.

“Creating Sound” will be performed at 8:40 a.m. May 4 in the Christian Growth Center/gymnasium and again at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Visual art by middle school and high school youth will also be on display.

For more information regarding this program or Music Makers, contact the church office at 456-9475.