Music Ministry

Our purpose in the Music Ministry is to:

1.  Draw the focus of our worship to God.

2.  Encourage and uplift other Christians.

3.  Serve as a witness through our music to all who listen.

4.  Hold fast to the Biblical principles of God's Word.

5.  Be a small group offering fellowship and encouragement to other members.



The McGaheysville United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, under the direction of Michael Tyree and accompanied by Judy Short, provides music each Sunday for the 11:00 am worship service at McGaheysville United Methodist Church.  They have also appeared in public performances with the Nelson County Orchestra both at home and in Nellysford, Virginia.  The choir sings music of varying styles including favorites from classic choral literature as well as gospel, jazz, and American patriotic and folk songs.  Their mission is to bring the peace of Christ to the world through their joy of making music, as well as create an atmosphere within the choir where aspiring musicians can grow both individually and collectively.  

Michael Tyree, violinist

 Michael Tyree is a violinist, pianist, composer and conductor from Southwest Virginia.  He has a Bachelor of Music in Composition from James Madison University, where he studied violin with the acclaimed Dr. Wanchi Huang and composition with Dr. Eric Guinivan and Dr. Jason Haney.  While at JMU, he served as both associate concertmaster and principal second violinist of the JMU Symphony Orchestra as well as principal second of the  Monticello Strings.  Michael has also studied the violin with Dina Nesterenko, Geronimo Oyenard, and Peter Wilson.    

 He is currently the music director of both the Nelson County Orchestra (since 2017) and the McGaheysville United Methodist Church Chancel Choir (since 2015).   In addition to these positions, he keeps an active performance schedule as soloist and with ensembles including the Rockbridge Symphony Orchestra, the Rapidan Orchestra, and numerous chamber groups.  In 2014, he appeared as soloist with the Williamsburg Sinfonia.

 An avid traveler, Michael draws inspiration largely from places he has visited around the world including locations in Europe and the nearby mountains, forests, and waterfalls of Shenandoah National Park.  As a composer, he has catalogued works for orchestra, wind band, choir, piano quintet, string quartet, and solo instruments.

 For the Montpelier quartet, Michael serves as manager, booking contact, and composer in residence.