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Music Director, Margaret Cross, graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She brings a wide experience in vocal performance to Palmdale, having performed in New York City, on tour around the country, and all over Brevard County. She has also performed with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, and several local theaters. Margaret has been a member of Palmdale since childhood, joining the Chancel Choir at the age of eleven.
“Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,”
Traditional music is an integral part of the worship services at Palmdale. From the organ prelude that provides a moment to refocus our attention from the outside world to the voice of God, to the postlude that accompanies us as we leave the sanctuary to carry Christ’s message back into that world, instrumental and vocal music is interspersed throughout the service.
Congregational hymns, like congregational prayers, involve the entire congregation in the service. Participation by the people of God in worship is a fundamental part of Presbyterian doctrine. Each Worship Bulletin begins with this statement:
“Welcome to Palmdale Presbyterian Church! Worship here involves your active participation.”
That “active participation” certainly includes congregational hymns. Congregational hymns are selected by the Pastor each week from two of the standard hymnals approved for use by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Occasionally, “prayer-meeting” style services will include older hymns from the gospel tradition. All provide the people of Palmdale an opportunity to make a “joyful noise to the rock of our salvation” [Psalm 95:1].
The Chancel Choir supplies an anthem at each Service from September through May. Selections, made by the Director of Music, include songs from a variety of styles – traditional standards, gospel, spirituals, songs from other lands, and newer pieces keep the music at Palmdale invigorating. During the summer season, small group and solo performance keep the music flowing. New members are always a welcome addition to the choir and no audition is necessary!
Instrumental music at Palmdale is principally provided by the church's organ built by the Allen Organ Company. This high-quality instrument is equally effective playing accompaniment for choral singing or quiet background for communion.