Music Ministry

CUMC’s Music Ministry is a great source of inspiration and enjoyment for all at Central, those who participate as singers and musicians and those who participate as listeners. Barbara Cackler is the music director for CUMC. She can be reached at

Chancel Choir
Rehearsals: Sundays, 9:00-10:00 a.m., September through June
Ages: Adult

The Chancel Choir is made up of adults and is responsible for most of the music service at the Sunday worship service.  Our choir rehearses on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.  The choir presents a Christmas Cantata annually on the 4th Sunday in Advent.  We are on a journey together to learn how to sing to glorify God, but also how to enjoy one another’s fellowship as we explore new music.

History of the CUMC Chancel Choir

Central has a long tradition of the importance of its music program. A former Director of Music, Dale Harpham, subsequently went on to direct the Marine Band. Erhard Thiel became Director of Music in the 1960’s. During the 50’s and 60’s there was a large adult choir, in addition to a youth choir. On special occasions these choirs would all sing together. An outgrowth of the choir known as the Mountainaires used to go and perform at the nursing home The Hermitage and other rehab places. The choir used to also go caroling on a regular basis each Christmas to local nursing homes and shut-ins. Catherine Thiel was the Organist for many years. Often the choir spanned many generations. This tradition continues today as well – there are many people in Central’s Chancel Choir today who are either long-standing members or offspring of long-standing members.

Barbara Peterson Cackler became Interim Organist in September of 1998, replacing Catherine Thiel. In September of 1999, Barbara assumed responsibilities as Director of Music/Organist. Since that time, the choir has experienced a renaissance and a real growth in membership.