CCSM is blessed with many talented musicians on our staff and with volunteers bringing their voices and instruments to our Sunday services.
During our services and special concerts, our Sanctuary reverberates with the magnificent tones of our Casavant Frères pipe organ, considered by many to be one the best pipe organs in the state of California.
THE MUSIC MINISTRY carries on the long tradition of excellence at CCSM. We work to musically enhance the worship services with offerings that include choral, handbell, vocal solo, and instrumental contributions. In addition, we oversee a diverse concert series featuring outstanding musicians from the Bay area including CCSM’s amazing organist.
The Music Ministry seeks to add the connection and deep meaning that music brings in its own incredible way. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate in the musical life of our congregation, whether in a musical group, as a soloist, and/or as a member of our Ministry.
If you’re interested in performing in one of our choirs, please contact us.
The Chancel Choir is led by our Director of Music, Lynnelle Bilsey. The choir leads the congregation and enriches worship with a diverse offering of music. Our chancel choir offers special worship services and concerts, accompanied by a variety of instruments.
Sundays are extra-special when our Carillon Handbell Choir performs under the direction of Lynnelle Bilsey.
If you play an instrument and would like to be part of our vibrant musical community, please let us know. We often have instrumentalists accompany our Chancel Choir and perform as soloists.
Our Music & Arts Circle
Our Music and Arts Circle meets monthly over a light lunch for music and art related programming and fellowship. Look for our next Music and Arts Circle gathering on our main calendar.
Our church organist, Dr. Angela Kraft Cross, and our Joyful Noise Youth Director, Julie Berk, are committed to the musical education of young people. Organ Camp is an opportunity for young pianists to learn about the pipe organ.
Lynnelle T. Bilsey, B.A., M.M, CVA & MT
Director of Music
Chancel Choir & Carillon Bell Choir Director
AAGO, Artist in Residence, Organist
Angela graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 1980 with bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Organ performance. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Loma Linda University, where she subsequently completed her residency in ophthalmology. Since 1989, she has practiced ophthalmology at Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City. In May 1993, she completed her Master of Music degree at Notre Dame de Namur University with Thomas LaRatta, with whom she continues to study.
She studies organ with Louis Robilliard and Marie-Louise Langlais in France and locally, in Berkeley, with Sandra Soderlund. In addition to her medical career, Angela has performed extensively across the United States and in Europe.
Angela’s new book of original organ music, Messianic Longings, has been published by Sacred Music Press (Lorenz)! This includes five Advent and Christmas pieces: Messianic Longings, Fantasie on Personent Hodie, Fantasy on an Old English Carol, Meditation on Silent Night and Mary Magnificat.
You can listen to her perform on her YouTube Channel.
Visit her website for more information and complete upcoming concert listings, at www.angelakraftcross.com.
Liturgical Musician, Ministerio Latino
Melanie Dresbach has a classical background in voice, harpsichord, and piano performance. She completed her undergraduate work in education and in music performance and received her teaching credential at SJSU. In 1999 she received a Masters degree in Liturgical Ministry at Santa Clara University.
She began her career in church music ministry in Okinawa, Japan, accompanying choirs at the military bases at the age of twelve. She served the Catholic Dioceses of San Jose and San Francisco for over 45 years and still assists at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Redwood City. She served as music director at All Saints Cristo Rey Iglesia Episcopal in Watsonville for four years before coming to CCSM in 2017 to work with the Latinx community.
She also directed children’s musical theater and has taught music to infants and expectant parents. She taught in east San Jose for over 45 years and still helps out a few days a week there but is excited about substituting in South San Francisco starting in December. She finds working with children to be the most energizing activity of all.
Melanie lives in San Francisco and sharpens her mind by studying ballet with San Francisco Ballet. She also has a passion for languages and is always ready to broaden her means of communication by adding another dialect to her studies. She enjoys cooking for and spending time with her triplets and oldest son, Richie. Richie sings and accompanies on accordion and guitar as his gift to the Latinx CCSM community.
Julie Miles Berk
Joyful Noise Youth Choir Director