Music Notes from Karen

Musical worship in July highlights the Beatitudes in both Grace Vision and Traditional services. As our pastors unpack these beneficial verses from the Gospel of Matthew in an 8 week Sermon Series, our hymns and songs will help us to go deeper in our understanding of them. “I Need Thee Every Hour” reminds us of our own spiritual bankruptcy (“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”) “Make Me a Servant” reminds us of the blessedness of meekness and humility. In Grace Vision, the song “Beautiful Things” reminds us of the rebirth that ultimately comes from times of mourning. “You make beautiful things out of the dust,” the chorus says. “You make beautiful things out of us.”

In Traditional Worship, we will be blessed with special music from members of our congregation as the Chancel Choir takes several Sundays off. On June 25, Paul West and Max Mobley will share their talents with us. July will include vocal solos by Susan Day and Jim Briley. On a special note, we also welcome staff accompanist Russell Williams back from his time on the Appalachian Trail. The Chancel Choir will return to singing in worship on July 23.

Summer is filled with longer days, replete with sunny hours along the shorelines of oceans and lakes. I hope that these hymns and songs of comfort and rebirth can shed a different kind of light on the Beatitudes, and that each of us can carry that light with us in our travels both near and far.

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 (