Music Notes from Karen

This October will bring several musical highlights to Trussville FUMC. The month starts with World Communion Sunday (October 1), on which we will be joined by the Jubilant Ringers in Traditional Worship. On Sunday, October 29, we will have a folk-based joint worship service in the CLC, featuring musicians from both Grace Vision and Traditional Worship services. We’ll also be looking forward to having the Joyful Noise Children’s Choir leading us in song this month!

On Wednesday, October 4, there will be a Lasagna Dinner and Talent Show in the CLC. The program will feature the choir and talented members of our congregation, including some of our youth and children. The offerings range from storytelling and comedy to songs from the Pop, Country Gospel, and Broadway genres. Please come out, have a wonderful meal, and enjoy the program! Donations only; all funds go to support the music programs of the church.

Do you like to sing? Have you ever wanted to try Chancel Choir but weren’t sure about the time commitment? Why not sing for Christmas Lessons and Carols? It’s a great way to try us out (and you may never want to leave)! There will be four Sunday rehearsals, the first being Sunday, October 8 (2-4pm) in the choir room. The date for this year’s Lessons and Carols service is Sunday, December 17 in 8:30 and 11:00 Traditional Worship. Contact Karen ( if you are interested in participating.m to discuss other opportunities to participate in our music program (solos, Christmas and Easter Cantatas, instrumental offertories) that might require a shorter term commitment.

Karen Marrolli, DMA
Director of Music Ministries

Music Ministry

The Music Ministries of Trussville First Methodist are the key to our worship services. Here you will find many opportunities to spread God’s message through the wonder of music. We welcome all, regardless of experience!

Dr. Karen Marrolli is our Director of Music Ministry. She comes to us from Santa Fe, New Mexico where she was Director of Choral Ministries at United Church of Christ. We are pleased to have Karen as our first full-time Director.


Rehearsal – 6:15pm Wednesdays after Soul Cafe
The Chancel Choir is a great group of around 35 dedicated singers, accompanied by our wonderful pianist, Russell Williams. We provide musical leadership for the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary services, including choral pieces, solos, duets and trio music.

The Chancel Choir presents 2 major programs each year: the Christmas cantata and Lent/Easter programs. We usually have special instrumentation to accompany the choir for those performances For Good Friday 2013, we presented a challenging piece of work, “Requiem” by John Rutter. “Requiem” was accompanied by a full instrument ensemble, including strings, percussion, brass, and woodwinds.

The Chancel Choir is always looking for new members! If you would like to join the FUMC Chancel Choir, please contact Dr. Karen Marolli at


During the school year, the Children’s Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. for 1-5th graders. Led by Karen Marrolli, our new Director of Music Ministries, the Children’s choir will be a fun interactive experience. Karen has lots of fun things planned. We will have choir on Wednesdays from 5-5:30 p.m. and will meet in the choir room near the Sanctuary. Questions? Email Karen ( or Beth Burden (