Want to join our weekly Zoom music time?

Email Katie Houts for the meeting info.

 


Hilltop Children's Music Program

 Join us weekly on Zoom: every Thursday from 4:30-5:00pm!

Your child will experience a rich time of song, movement, and prayer 

connected to a foundational Bible story.


This weekly music time is tailored for children in preschool through 3rd grade.


Parents -  you are welcome to join us for this special time

...or, after getting your child set up online,

use this time for your own renewal, rest, or dinner prep!

 


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All are welcome!

 

The Hilltop Children’s Music Program (HCMP) offers a unique opportunity for children to grow in their Christian faith through musical expression. This free ministry introduces children to the joy of music and cultivates the lifelong gift of song in each child. We use our hearts, our hands, and our voices in activities that benefit the musical development of children: singing, percussion, movement, Orff, handchimes, and much more. During our Thursday evening rehearsals (which are suspended due to the COVID-19 health recommendations), we lay important groundwork for musicianship - ear training, music literacy and readiness, musical expression, and creativity.


The HCMP also serves to inspire the spiritual development of children. We explore foundational Bible stories and move through the seasons of the church year by creating percussion grooves, crafting songtales, and preparing our choral repertoire. Our repertoire is diverse - incorporating global music and folk music in addition to newly-composed sacred anthems for children's voices.


Throughout the school year, the children in HCMP are provided experiences of worship leadership at Hilltop and around the community. In addition to participating in worship services at Hilltop, the children perform at Hilltop's annual concert events: the Fall Festival of Faith, the Hilltop Christmas Concert, and the Music & Arts Fundraising Concert. These events are a wonderful opportunity to share our gift of music with the community.


Together, we imagine and discover how we can shine God's light and love to the world!


Our regular 2019-2020 choir season concludes on Thursday, May 14, 2020,

however, we may extend this date due to the health crisis.

 



Save the date: this summer's week-long music & arts camp

will be held June 22-26, 2020!

Stay tuned for more information regarding this year's camp.

We are looking closely at state recommendations for in-person gatherings and using this data as we make plans for a musical, artistic experience for children this summer.  



 

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Katie Houts

Children's Music Director,

Staff Accompanist


   Katie's experience includes 25+ years as a collaborative accompanist, performer, vocal & instrumental director, all of which have given her opportunities to study and perform a wealth of diverse music around the world. A native of the midwest, Katie worked primarily in the Minneapolis and Boston metro areas before relocating to Salt Lake City with her family in 2017. 

 

She is the Sacred Choral Editor for Choristers Guild, one of the leading publishers for develping choirs in sacred spaces. Katie oversees the publication of all new sacred anthems, collections, resource books, and musicals.

 

Katie also directs Rise Up, Jr. - the training ensemble for Rise Up Children's Choir, a community children's choir with two locations in the Salt Lake Area. Katie teaches early elementary music and directs the middle school choirs at Wasatch Charter School in Holladay. Especially in her work with children, Katie aims to draw a wide circle of welcome as emerging singers discover their unique voices - both individually and collectively. 

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