Chicago Temple Music Ministry and Fine Arts Staff

Erik Nussbaum

Erik Nussbaum, Director of Music and the Arts 

Since 2004, Erik has witnessed and helped to lead the Temple’s music and arts programs through one of the richest artistic times in the Temple’s vast and diverse history.  It is an amazing honor and blessing for him to make music with so many talented and dedicated Christians.  The Temple Choir has premiered five of his choral works, including a Lenten setting of “The Lord’s Prayer,” Christmas works “Crib Hymn” and an “Ave Maria,” and most recently “Blessed Are,” a setting of The Beatitudes.  Erik is a graduate of Knox College (’93) and Westminster Choir College (’96).

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Adrian Dunn

Adrian Dunn, Gospel Choir Director

Adrian Dunn is an accomplished singer, composer, & vocal coach. Native of Cleveland Ohio, Mr. Dunn is the recipient of the 2015 Producer of the year award from the Rhythm Of Gospel Awards for his work on the AME Church International Mass Choir album “AME Live”. He was also a Mac Arthur Foundation and Richard Dreihaus Foundation award recipient for his work, HOPERA: A Hip Hop Opera. He holds Bachelor of Music & Master of Music (In progress) in Voice from Roosevelt University Chicago with addition vocal studies at Sibelius Academy of Music, Finland.

 Scott Lindstrom, is the first Composer-In-Residence at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple. Under the guidance of, and in cooperation with the Director of Music, the Principal Organist, and the Fine Arts Committee Chairperson, the primary purpose of this position is to enliven the musical culture at the Chicago Temple through the presentation of new music composed for our musicians for Sunday worship services, and other musical events featuring our musical ensembles and/or soloists at the Chicago Temple. In addition to this assignment, the Composer-In-Residence will be required to engage and teach our music ministry members and congregation through planned pre-service lectures and workshops.
Lindstrom is an active composer and teacher in the Chicago area. He is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in music education and music composition. He has been writing music in several genres for 16 years and has had works performed by friends, colleagues, professors and school, community, and professional ensembles in the United States and England. Some of Lindstrom’s works include: Softly and Tenderly, In Paradise, How Can I Keep From Singing, Two Meditations, Image of the Invisible, Ninety and Petrichor.

Rev. Kelly Tiebout, Saturday Evening Worship Accompanist

Daniel Segner, Organist 

Chicago Temple Choir

Led by eight section leaders, the 35-voice Temple Choir continues to grow. The choir learns and sings music from all eras of music history and from many of the world’s cultures that is appropriate for both the season and the liturgy of the day. Our repertoire is vast and worldly, and we sing in many languages. The choir enhances our worship greatly by leading in hymn singing, presenting anthems, and often solos every Sunday during the 11:00am service.  Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the 3rd Floor Choir Room.

The Choir’s section leaders are:

Karen R. Nussbaum and Anne Slovin, sopranos
Brenna Boncosky and Kathryn Wills, altos
Adam Doe and Jim Parsons, tenors
Daniel Berry and Bob Trautvetter, basses    

Gospel Choir

The 12-voice Gospel Choir sings the authentic music of the African-American tradition, past and present. The ensemble sings during the 8:30am worship service on the first and third Sunday of each month. They rehearse every Tuesday evening from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the 3rd Floor Choir Room.

Darnetta Jones and Melanie Loren Ragland, section leaders
Sam Johnson, drummer

Temple Strings

The Temple Strings are led by violinist David Myford, and sustained by amateurs of various age and skill level. They provide excellent music for worship in a variety of ways throughout the year:  as soloists, as an ensemble, and as a chamber ensemble supporting a soloist or the choir.  They rehearse regularly either at 9:30am or at 12:15pm in the 3rd Floor Choir Room on Sundays, as arranged by their director.

Temple Winds

The Temple Winds are led by oboist Charles Emmons, Jr., and include flute, clarinet, bassoon, and horn players. Rehearsals occur seasonally as arranged by their director, usually at 12:15pm on Sundays.

Temple Handbell Ensemble

The majority of the Temple’s eleven-member Handbell Ensemble have been playing together for eight years. They play a wide variety of sacred music with a 3 octave set of Schulmerich Brass bells and 3 octaves of Suzuki hand chimes. They rehearse on Monday evening from 6:00pm to 7:00pm and play in worship for the 11:00am service on the second Sunday of each month. Erik Nussbaum is the director.