Music has always played an important part of the life of Westbrook Park Church, and continues to be. Our current program has opportunities for all ages
Mark Thewes has been the full-time Organist/Director of Music for over 40 years.
Thewes is a published composer with MorningStar, CCP Belwin, H. W. Gray, Abingdon and Beckenhorst Publishing Companies, with more than two dozen compositions in print. He is a contributing editor to an organ review column in Worship Arts, the national magazine for the United Methodist Musician.
A resident of Massillon, Thewes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Akron. Is the adjunct professor of organ at Malone University, and is the accompanist for "A chorus for a Cause." Mark also serves as the past Dean of the Canton chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He is also the scholarship chairperson for the Canton MacDowell Music club and the director of the MacDowell Chorale.
Our brass ensemble consists of 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 3 french Horns and 4 tubas. This group performs on the third Sunday of the month and accompanys the hymns and other service music. They also combine with our other instrumentalists to form our church orchestra which plays at Christmas, Easter, and Choir Recognition Sunday.
Our Sanctuary choir sings every Sunday from September thru May as well as for special holiday services throughout the year. This choir has combined with other local choirs to sing in concert at other churches and for special events. They have also recorded two CD's with the choir from Church of the Lakes - the Rutter "Requiem" and a collection of several anthems with organ and other instruments. This CD is available in our church office.
Our bell choir has been in existence since the fall of 1977 when we were given our first two octaves of handbells by Helen McFarren in memory of her husband. Since that time we have added several octaves over the years given as memorials. We now have 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells and three octaves of Schulmerich melodychimes.
The bell choir performs on the third Sunday of the month.
The Moller Pipe Organ
Copper en chamade
The Moller pipe organ was moved from the former church in 1957 to the current building. At that time it contained 31 ranks as it was originally built in 1937. Today it contains 61 ranks. The original console was replaced with a used console that was converted to solid state complete with midi ,125 levels of memory and a digital sequencer.
In 2007 a copper en chamade was added and dedicated by organist, Ken Cowan.
For details on the Moller Pipe Organ click on the organ photo.