At Cypress Lake, we celebrate and worship through music in all services. Music provides a unique way to worship and connect to God, and all our music programs exist solely to glorify God.

Newark Boys Chorus

Newark Boys Chorus

Concert Series

Cypress Lake hosted its inaugural Concert Series in 2015-2016, featuring the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Blackwood Quartet, Noah Waddell, and the African Children’s Choir. The 2nd Annual Concert Series looks to bless our local community with an eclectic blend of five different musical performances:

Newark Boys Chorus       Sunday April 2, 4 pm

The Newark Boys Chorus is composed of young urban boys (grades 4 -8) from the greater Newark area, and performs a diverse repertoire that includes traditional classical music, spirituals, folk music, and jazz. The Newark Boys Chorus was founded in 1966; three years later, the Newark Boys Chorus School was established to create an integrated academic and music program. In recent years the boys have toured Australia, South Africa, the Caribbean, Finland, Latvia, Russia, England, Wales, Spain, Portugal, and Canada. With an average of fifty concerts per year, the Chorus has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.


Past concerts in this year’s series:

Christmas Concert with Jan Mulder     Sunday December 4, 4 pm

    Inspirational, classical, and holiday favorites with Dutch-born pianist, composer, and conductor Jan Mulder

The Bretts in Concert      Thursday January 19, 7 pm

Now celebrating their 19th season in Branson, Missouri, the Brett family provides audiences of all ages a power-packed, two-hour entertainment experience that combines the best in music, dance, comedy and genuine artistry. This is the first stop on their 2017 tour.

Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale      Sunday February 26, 4 pm

This auditioned ensemble from a historically black university performs a wide range of choral works from the past three centuries, including secular works, traditional hymns, and gospel selections. The chorale’s recent performance schedule included the 2016 White House Holiday Party.

Michael Shirtz Quartet in Concert – world premiere of “In Finding Faith”       Friday March 17, 7 pm

A performer, composer, and conductor, Michael Shirtz is known for his versatility with jazz, contemporary, and classical music. This show pays tribute to the great hymns of faith and songs of inspiration. Classics like “How Great Thou Art” and “It is Well With my Soul” take on a funk twist; you’ll also hear swing, gospel, Latin beats, and ballads.

All concerts are open to the public; advance tickets are not required.  A voluntary donation will be taken at the concert. Doors open half an hour before each performance.

Individual and corporate sponsorships are available for the 2016-17 concert season. There are levels of sponsorship available from $25 to $10,000 – whatever is appropriate for you. Every sponsor will be important in assuring high quality offerings in the future. Contact Karen Shafer with inquiries regarding the Concert Series.

Music in Worship

Our traditional services at 8 am and 11 am feature hymns accompanied by organ or piano. The Chancel Choir sings at the 11 am service, and at 8 am on special occasions. Vocal soloists and ensembles, including the Women’s Ensemble, share their musical witness regularly at both services. Instrumentalists often perform with vocal ensembles or as soloists. Each year, prior to Easter and Christmas, the choir presents cantatas – sung narratives composed for singers and instrumentalists – that are highlights of the entire season.

Our praise team provides the music for the 9:30 contemporary service. You might hear songs you know from current Christian radio as well as traditional hymn tunes with a modern twist.

Musical Ensembles

The Women’s Vocal Ensemble rehearses on Monday evenings at 5 pm. Chancel Choir Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7 pm. If you are not able to sing for the entire fall and spring seasons, you may sing only in the Cantata choirs. Rehearsal for the 2016 Christmas Cantata begins at 6 pm on Thursday, October 20.

The Advanced Handbell Choir rehearses on Monday nights from 6 to 7:15 pm. This group rings five octaves of Schulmerich handbells and is composed of experienced ringers. This choir usually plays in worship once a month, and we welcome new members as well as substitute ringers.

The Beginning Handbell Choir has experienced musicians that are new to ringing handbells as well as enthusiastic people without a formal music background. Reading music is not necessary, although a sense of rhythm is helpful. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 1 pm.

If you are interested in any of the above musical opportunities, or if you can share your instrumental talents in worship from time, please contact Karen Shafer, Director of Music and Traditional Worship.

Praise Team

If you play guitar, bass, or keyboards, or love to sing, you may have a place on the praise team! In order to schedule a brief audition or with any questions about contemporary worship, please contact Pastor Joe Wingard, Director of Contemporary Worship.

Music for Children and Youth

Our children have the opportunity to worship God through music on Wednesday nights, as a part of Wednesday Night Live programming. Kids can prepare to lead worship through song, or choose from other art and worship training activities. See the Wednesday Night Live page for current information.

Children and Youth Choir for grades 3 – 8 rehearses on Wednesday nights from 5:45 to 6:30 pm, prior to Wednesday Night Live. Contact music director Karen Shafer with any questions.