Music Program

Bluffton United Methodist Church uses music to generate excitement, beauty and inspiration during worship services.  The choral and instrumental programs are intended to nurture those involved and to give a means of contributing in worship, outreach and praise as well as an opportunity for personal growth and enjoyment.  Our Music Ministry welcomes anyone who would like to join in this most rewarding endeavor.  Whether you are a professional musician or someone who wishes to join a musical group for the first time, there is a place for you. Our Music Ministry offers a variety of ensembles and musical styles for any musical taste and experience level. For more information about participating in the Music Ministry, please contact Keeley DiMartino, Director of Music Ministry at musicministry@blufftonumc.org .

Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir provides worship leadership each Sunday at the 11am service.  This ensemble consists of adults with various ability levels. Rehearsals take place Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:30pm in the Music Suite. In order to assure your proper vocal section assignment, a simple private vocal assessment is requested.

Praise Team

Praise Team is a versatile group of youth and adult vocalists and instrumentalists with music reading or chart reading skills who are passionate about contemporary worship music. Praise Team provides worship leadership bi-monthly or as needed. Rehearsals are held bi-monthly on Saturday 10:00 to 11:30 AM in the Sanctuary.

Wesley Ringers

The Wesley Ringers is a handbell ensemble for youth and adults with music reading skills or the desire to learn. This ensemble rehearses Monday from 3:00-4:30PM. To participate in the handbell ensemble or for more information contact Keeley at musicministry@blufftonumc.org.

Cherub Choir

Cherub Choir is designed for all children age 4 to 9. Cherub Choir provides worship leadership several times during the liturgical year.   

Music Leadership

Director of Music Ministry

Keeley DiMartino

Keeley DiMartino is the Director of Music Ministry at Bluffton United Methodist Church.

Keeley and her family recently joined the Bluffton community after feeling led from God to move south. She has a degree in Music Education from Kent State University and a Master of Elementary and Special Education from Seton Hill University. Keeley served as the Music Director at Community United Methodist Church in Irwin, PA for seven years before relocating. When she’s not making music at church she’s spending time with her wonderful husband Joseph, their three children Clayton, Isla, and Bennett, and their two dogs, Flo and Figaro!

Organist

Michael ColeAt the age of fifteen, I was gifted a Lowrey spinet organ and began playing both self-taught and with private instruction. My first true employment as a musician was a last-minute substitute for the church organist who fell ill, and it ended up becoming a permanent position when I was 21.  Through those early years, I would play at rural country churches in Ohio and as time passed, I began substituting at larger churches, many times as the “summer organist”.

My positions have included permanent organist at First United Methodist, now Christ Church, in Galion, Ohio, followed by a period of time in Vermont where I continued as a part-time organist (Shelburne UMC, First Congregational Church Burlington, Trinity Episcopal Church Shelburne, Ascension Lutheran Church South Burlington and First Baptist Church Burlington) while pursuing my primary career in construction management.  Upon returning to Ohio, I served as organist at Crestline UMC and in 2006, moved to Bluffton opening my cabinet and woodworking business.  I have continued playing both in substitute and permanent roles here in Beaufort County at Church of the Cross, All-Saints Episcopal Church and most recently, Carteret Street UMC in Beaufort.

I am married to Melea Brotherton, who is originally from West Virginia, and we are blessed to have a blended family including 3 children, seven grandchildren.