St. Andrew’s Music School!

What days?    Monday, June 20th through Thursday June 23rd with a concert to follow
What time?    9:00 am-Noon
Where?            St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids MN
Who?               All kids who have completed 3rd-6th grade – Friends are welcome!
How much?   Cost is $20 and includes a snazzy t-shirt and snacks provided each day.
       Scholarships are available upon request!
The purpose of SAMS (St. Andrew’s Music School) is to:
  • Foster a love and appreciation for music in worship
  • To develop skills in the use of handbells, chimes and voices! 
Students will:
  • Participate in vocal ensembles
  • Learn handbell and chime techniques
  • Experience many ways in which music enriches worship (guest musicians on pipe organ, brass, woodwinds and string instruments)
  • Present a concert and enjoy a picnic following the Thursday session
The Deadline to register is May 28thchecks should be made payable to St. Andrew’s with SAMS in the memo line.  If you any questions or concerns, please email the church office at, attention SAMS
Click HERE to register online. 
Instruction & Leadership by:
  • Jan Bilden: organist at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, member of St. Andrew’s bell choir, retired Grand Rapids School District counselor
  • Eileen Grosland: retired K-12 music teacher, director of St. Andrew’s mixed choir and Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus, piano teacher
  • Carmen Jackson: member of St. Andrew’s bell choir, experienced handbell ringer, participated in many of the Area VII Handbell Conferences, retired from Airways Aviation Center in Grand Rapids
  • Sarah Mason:  music teacher in the Ely Public Schools, choir director at Grace Lutheran Church, Ely, former member of Concordia College Tintinnabula Handbell Choir
St. Andrew’s Pastor (Pastor David Anderson) and our Children, Youth and Family Ministries Director (Nikki Rud) may also be making appearances and helping out! 



The Mixed Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm during the school year.  If you can sing, share your gift of music and join the choir.  The Mixed Choir normally sings at the worship service on the fourth Sunday of each month throughout the school year.  Our purpose is to share God’s word through music.  Come, sing, have fun, make music, and meet new and old friends!!  All ages from high school on up are invited to be a part of the Mixed Choir.  The Mixed  Choir is directed by Eileen Grosland.  For more information, contact Eileen.  Phone:  218-326-4797 or email:  

Men’s Choir practices Wednesday at 6:00 pm during the school year, and normally sings at the worship service on the first Sunday of each month during the school year.  All men are welcome to come and join in the singing and fun.  The Men’s Choir is directed by Scott Shrimpton.  For more information, contact Scott.  Phone:  218-326-7084 or email:

The Handbell Choir rehearses Wednesdays at 4:00 pm during the school year, and normally rings at the worship service on the first Sunday of each month, plus festival Sundays.  If you are interested in learning more about the Handbell choir, being a bell ringer substitute or playing on a regular basis, please contact Cassie Thuen at 701-430-3153.
Pipe Organ – We are privileged to have a 21-rank pipe organ built by the Hendrickson Organ Company of St. Peter MN.  It was first used for Christmas Eve services December 2003.  The sound of this “king of instruments” is marvelous and pure.  Jan Bilden is our regular organist.
Special Music – In addition to the organized groups, many, many people step forward to offer their musical talents in worship either as “special music” or as additional accompaniment for congregational singing of hymns.  Soloists and ensembles, trumpets, flute, violin and almost any other instrument have added to our worship experiences.