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Choir Director: Dr. Linda L. Beckman

Linda Beckman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music in piano performance, both from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK.

In 2011, she retired as Professor of Music from John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where she taught piano and other music courses. She also taught at Oxnard College, Oxnard, California; The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, Oklahoma; and Redlands Community College, El Reno, Oklahoma. 

She is an experienced choral director in both sacred and secular venues. She has held church organ positions in many Protestant denominations. In addition to performing piano recitals, she has accompanied many vocalists, instrumentalists, and choral directors, including opera singers in Carnegie Hall. 

Dr. Beckman's Vision Statement
My vision is to continue the tradition of fine music at Peace Presbyterian and to build upon that tradition in new ways as we lead and inspire the congregation through music. I hope to incorporate instrumental musicians more often, grow the choir both in membership and level of musicianship, and share our musical abilities with the broader community through special programs and cantatas.

Peace Presbyterian Adult Choir
The choir rehearses diligently on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm and again on Sunday mornings before the service. This fine group of singers is always up to learning new and uplifting selections. Singing is a choir is a positive experience and great for one’s health!

Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir is an integral part of the worship service and is led by a professional Choir Director who is very dedicated to the music program. The church has talented guest musicians perform nearly every week, as well as special music performances by extremely talented local musicians and instrumentalists throughout the year. 

Dolce is an ensemble of ladies who love to sing and are willing to commit to rehearsing on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 AM in the sanctuary. Dolce is an Italian musical term meaning "sweetly." Currently there are about a dozen ladies in the ensemble. Repertoire comprises a wide range of styles from high-church classical to fun-loving songs and spirituals. Music Director Linda Beckman directs most pieces from the piano but the group also sings some pieces a cappella (unaccompanied). The primary purpose of Dolce is to provide music for worship services. Dolce usually sings at least once a month and sometimes even more often.
Dolce recently performed a program of Christmas music for a ladies luncheon at Miles Grant Country Club. For that performance, they were joined by Amy Clark on flute. Although at this point all members are also members of the church choir, Dolce is open to women outside of church or choir as long as they are available to sing periodically with Dolce for Sunday services. The hope is that Dolce becomes a great outreach to spread God's word through music and bring people to Peace.

Our Worship Committee
Our Worship Committee plans, coordinates and executes all worship services as well has all special services and Communion. We work with members of the congregation to coordinate the Altar Guild, Liturgist, Ushers, Greeters and Acolytes. We maintain the sanctuary and communion supplies, palm crosses, candles, pencils, attendance pads, etc. We open and close the sanctuary for services and decorate the church for special occasions.

Communion at Peace Presbyterian Church
We serve communion the first Sunday of every month and at the Maundy Thursday service (the Thursday between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday). Ours is an open communion for all who have been baptized, have faith, repent and come in faith, repentance and love.  Communion is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord.  Communion is prepared by the Altar Guild and is served to the congregation, in the pews, by the elders of the church, who have received the trays from our minister.

The Cycle of the Christian Year: A Lesson in Colors and Symbols

The Christian year contains two cycles: The Christmas Cycle (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany) and the Easter Cycle (Lent, Easter, Pentecost). Within each cycle is a preparatory season symbolized by the color purple and a festival season symbolize by the color white. After each cycle there is an ordinary time of growth symbolized by the color green. Thus, there is a sequence of seasons using purple, white, and green in that order twice a year.

            Traditionally, purple, representing both royalty and penitence, is used during Advent and Lent.

            Blue symbolizes hope and may also be used during Advent.

            White and gold are used at Christmas and Easter to symbolize joy and festivities.

            Red symbolizes the color of fire to represent the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost and times when the work of the Holy Spirit is emphasized. During Holy Week if represents the blood of Christ. Red is also used for ordinations, church anniversaries and civil observances such as Memorial Day and Thanksgiving.

            Green represents growth and is used during Ordinary Time (the season after Epiphany and the season after             Pentecost).

You can see these colors displayed on the cloths covering our altar, the pulpit and the lectern.

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