Director of Music Dawn Brooks and Organist/Accompanist Cory Johnson continue the strong tradition at Riviera of classical choral and handbell music, along with the addition of exciting contemporary and gospel songs and instrumental music in the worship services.
The Chancel Choir provides the choral music for our Sunday services, as well as special holidays and concerts throughout the year. Examples of major works performed have been Britten's Ceremony of Carols, Beethoven's Mass in C, Mendelssohn's St. Paul and Elijah, Vivaldi's Gloria, and requiems by Brahms, Durufle, Faure and Rutter.
Members of the community high school age and older who enjoy singing and learning are welcome to come practice and sing with us. Both soloists and supporting choir singers of all musical ranges are invited. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings. The choir sings during the worship service each Sunday morning and at occasional special performances.
!The first Sunday of every month everyone and anyone is invited to meet in the choir room at 9:15 am to rehearse an anthem for the Worship Service. Lend your voice and your spirit to our services! For more information, contact our Director of Music Ministries, Dawn, at email@example.com.
The Chancel Chimes consist of four and one-half octaves of Malmark Bells, three octaves of Malmark Chimes, and twelve players. The music, ranging from classical to modern, is chosen to complement the Sunday service message and the season.
Members of the community who feel inspired to make music with handbells and chimes are invited to explore joining this group. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings following Worship. The Chancel Chimes play once a month during the worship service and at holidays and concerts throughout the year.
The Children's Choir, led by Peggy Roberts, sings regularly in the worship service as well as at special events.
Riviera Youth Music Ensemble (RYME)
The RIviera Youth Music Ensemble, directed by Cory Johnson, performs once a month during the worship service. Musical styles vary and are selected by members and the director, with individual parts composed according to instrument and skill level. Youth in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join this non-audition group, accepting all instruments and voice parts. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings following Worship.
2018-2019 Concert Series:
Sunday, February 24 6:30pm - “Just As I Am” a Hymn Journey with the African Children's Choir at Riviera UMC
Friday, March 22nd 7:30pm - "Hidden Gems" Jazz Concert with Dawn Brooks, Cory Johnson, and Jim Cheesman
Saturday, May 11th at 7:30pm - Bach Ascension Oratorio and Vivaldi Gloria in D Choral Orchestral Concert with CSU Dominguez Hills and Long Beach City College
Friday, May 31st 7:30pm - "Love is in the Air" with the Chancel Choir, RYME, and Children's Choir