Worship at The Baptist Temple is centered on faith, music, and reflection. When we gather each Sunday, God is praised, real life is acknowledged, and the joy of being part of a group of committed believers is blended into a sacred and special time set apart.
Uplifting and inspiring music is an integral part of our services, and we appreciate a wide variety of musical styles. Our music minister leads a group of talented instrumentalists and singers (many of them from the Eastman School of Music) to create beautiful soul-stirring music.
Dr. Kevin Nitsch is our Minister of Music and Lead Musician (organ and piano) and has directed our musical ensembles for the past 20 years. Kevin incorporates traditional hymns along with anthems from gospel, classical, African, Spanish, and jazz traditions into our services. He directs instrumental music consisting of organ, piano, percussion, brass, strings, and reeds. We are blessed by Kevin’s deep spirituality and musical excellence.
In addition, the Baptist Temple provides scholarships to vocalists who study at the Eastman School of Music. They sing in the choir and lead worship singing in the Sunday morning service. Over a short period of time, a rapport develops between the vocalists and the congregation. The developing artistic singing of the vocalists meets the deepening genuine appreciation of the congregants. Through art in worship, everyone grows, amplifying spiritual awareness and binding community. Many of the vocal scholars flourish into professional musicians with a grounded sense of community involvement.
Our Knabe grand piano, built at the local East Rochester piano factory, was donated by Dorothy Buckley, who used the instrument to teach music from her home. The three-manual Allen organ is 1960s vintage. A mix of transistors, keys and pedals, and surround speakers provide a warm sound for hymn singing and organ pieces. The three Gon Bops congas provide colorful rhythm while various hand-held percussion instruments add spice to the upbeat hymns and songs. A beautifully painted harpsichord is currently being restored.
“Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and melodious song, with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn. Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!”