Music Ministry Program Updates

SUN JAN 29 at 3:00 PM – The congregation is invited to attend the Michael Burkhardt Choral Festival at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota. The following members of the Roser Chancel Choir will be participating: 
Sopranos – JoAnne Moyer, Cynthia Nash-Frye, Carol Clements,
Altos – Barb Rickey, Jeanette Rothberg, Donna Pope,
Tenor, Craig Ramberger,
Bass – Andy DeVries, Brandon Kouri.

All area churches from Bradenton, Sarasota, and the island communities whose music directors are members of the AGO are invited to attend this event. Come and support our Roser Chancel Choir!

The festival is sponsored by the Sarasota-Manatee chapter of the AGO (American Guild of Organists). Craig Ramberger, Roser’s Director of Music Ministries was inducted as a member of the Executive Board of the Sarasota-Manatee chapter of the AGO in May 2022, and Brandon Kouri, Roser’s Associate Director of Music Ministries is also a Guild member of the AGO.

Annually the AGO sponsors a choral festival in Sarasota featuring a nationally recognized conductor in the choral field to lead the choral festival. This event will feature the renowned international clinician, recitalist and hymn festival leader, Dr. Michael Burkhardt. Mr. Burkhardt is in high demand for his inspiring, innovative hymn festivals. Dr. Burkhardt is Artist-Professor of Organ at Eastern Michigan University, and Founder-Artistic Director of Hearts, Hands and Voices Worship and Fine Arts Program for Children in Southeast Michigan. Dr. Burkhardt is a graduate of Carthage College, Kenosha, WI. He earned his M.M. degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, and his D.M.A. degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Due to the pandemic, the last time the local AGO chapter was able to host a live choral festival was in January 2020. Craig, and the members of the AGO sincerely hope that you’ll attend the resurrection of this choral festival in January 2023!


Are you interested in learning to play handbells? Join the BEGINNER’S HANDBELL CLASS Thursdays 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM in the Sanctuary beginning January 26. Technique and music reading will be presented in these classes. If there are enough people interested, a second handbell choir and/or a handchime choir will be a regular musical offering at Roser Church! CHILDREN and ADULTS are encouraged to be a part of this exciting and fun ministry. Please complete a contact form if you are interested.

ADULT PIANO CLASSES for ages 13 and up begin Wednesday, January 25 and will last 10 weeks ending on March 29. The level 1 class will be from 2:00-3:00 PM. The level 2 class will be from 3:30-4:30 PM. The cost of the course is $200. Payment can be made at the first lesson by check to the order of Brandon Kouri. All materials will be provided. If interested, please complete a contact form, call the church (941-778-0414) or email


Join us for rehearsals on Thursdays at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary. This invitation includes friends and members of the community who are not regular attendees of Roser Church. No prior experience needed. Please complete a contact form if you are interested in participating. Indicate whether you are a soprano, alto, tenor or bass so that Craig will be able to plan music for new members.


Musicians interested in presenting prelude and anthem music with vocal and instrumental solos, duets, trios, quartets, and other ensembles, Please complete a contact form and we will follow up with you as soon as possible.

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