December 1

December 6

Chris Nemec, SPC, CAGO,

Chris Nemec is the Organist-Music Associate at Auburn United Methodist Church, a position he has held since January 2020. Previously, Nemec was the Organist-Minister of Music at Lindenwood Christian Church, Memphis, TN, where he served for nearly 37 years. In addition to conducting the Chancel Choir, he developed and conducted three children’s choirs. The middle/high school choir, Laudate!, sang at The Riverside Church in New York; Washington D.C.’s National City Christian Church; Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel; Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in St. Louis; and Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, among others. Chris has been an intern with the American Boychoir and James Litton, where he assisted in preparing Bach’s “Mass in b” with the New York Philharmonic. In January 2011, Chris sang the Berlioz’ Requiem with maestro Robert Spano as part of the 20th anniversary Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, marking Chris’ eighth performance at Carnegie Hall. In January 2012 was selected by Chorus America to be a Conducting Fellow in New York City, and was selected in 2007 by Choristers Guild as one of five exceptional children’s choir leaders.

December 13

Heather Sorenson

Heather Sorenson is an internationally known composer, arranger, and songwriter from Dallas, TX, whose works are performed in churches, universities, and concerts worldwide. She is contracted by the Hal Leonard Corporation, the largest print music publisher in the world, and has hundreds of compositions in print through various publishing houses. Initially recognized for her skill as a pianist, she is now widely known for her choral, piano, and orchestral works. Heather has performed multiple times at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Constitution Hall, and her works are performed regularly at competitions, concerts, recitals, and churches worldwide.

Diversity is the characteristic that makes Heather somewhat of an anomaly in the industry: she easily maneuvers both the traditional and contemporary genres of Christian music, often combining the two for a unique blend that has become her artistic fingerprint.

Years of experience as a church music administrator and music educator have proven to be invaluable experience, and teaching has become a large part of Heather’s ministry. She taught all elementary levels of music at Grace Academy of Dallas for 4 years, served as an adjunct music professor at Baylor University, and has served on many master class panels in piano and songwriting. Heather regularly is a guest speaker and conductor at churches across America, and leads scores of sessions each year at various worship conferences, schools, and universities.

Currently, Heather spends her time juggling a full writing load as well as traveling as a guest artist and lecturer. In her spare time, she loves catching up with friends over coffee, reading, and trying new-to-her restaurants. A list of “favorites” would include the perfect bowl of mashed potatoes, a great pair of heels, visiting beautiful churches, and exploring historic cities. She also collects stained glass windows and old newspapers with major headlines. Heather makes her home in the Dallas, TX area with her beloved (and very vocal) beagle, Lucy.

December 20

Nine Lessons and Carols, also known as the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, is a service of Christian worship traditionally celebrated on or near Christmas Eve. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings or lessons from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir anthems.   The service was inaugurated in December, 1880 and has become an annual tradition at Auburn UMC for many years.

Christmas is a time of loneliness, sorrow, alienation and sadness for many, especially in a year like this where grief is harder than usual. If your heart is hurting because of grief, illness, broken relationships, loss of a job or another reason you are feeling more darkness than light this season, this service is for you.

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of this highly acclaimed presentation.  This year, in spite of the pandemic, the Music Ministry will provide moving and uplifting music to share the sweet, sweet spirit of Christmas in a new way — online!  The production will feature our 6 For Him, the Jubilate Singers, and our Chancel Choir split into smaller groups accompanied by Chris Nemec on organ and piano, strings, and harp.  You’ll hear all your holiday favorites including inspiring carols, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” “Mary Did You Know,” and many of your favorite Pops tunes to bring a spirit of hope, joy and cheer to your Christmas season.

December 20

Christmas Eve Worship

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