Two Rivers has a long tradition of phenomenal music ministries. Two different adult choirs, a bell choir, a ukulele choir, free concerts, and community partnerships continue to enrich not only the Two Rivers congregation, but Rock Island and the Quad Cities as a whole.
The choir presents a musical offering every week in worship from September through May. Director Mark Swessinger leads rehearsals every Wednesday night from 7:30-9:00.
The bell choir, also directed by Mark Swessinger, meets every Wednesday night from 6:00-7:00. The bell choir sets the tone for worship with a beautiful, melodic, peaceful prelude about once a month.
Ukulele Choir A band of beginners have gotten together to learn this wonderful little instrument. No experience is necessary to join them. No ukulele is required, either. You can use one of ours until you want to buy your own to practice. The Ukulele Choir is currently on break, but we hope to start it back up again in the fall.
Matumaini means “Hope.” Our Hope Choir sings anthems and hymns in traditional African dialects. Usually Swahili, the group is made up of members who were born in East Africa, and have immigrated to the US, and have found a home at Two Rivers Church. They sing in worship when the spirit leads them.
Lenten Concert Series
Every Wednesday at 12:15pm in Lent features a concert. These free concerts offer a variety of musical genres. In 2017, the series included jazz, blues, choral, and classical music, with guests like Edgar Crockett, the Rock Island High School Chamber Choir, a harpist, and members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra just to name a few.
In addition to the Lenten Concert Series, Two Rivers hosts various free concerts at other times as well. HoliMac, Heatherlyn, Ben Grace, Corey Kilgannon, and Emily Joy have all performed free concerts in recent years, and the church is always looking to host new artists.
Both the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra and the River Music Experience, two institutions in the Quad Cities, have used the facilities within Two Rivers Church. QCYSO used the church for rehearsals for quite some time before growing too big for our space, and occasionally still use the facilities for auditions each year. The River Music Eperience has used the church in the past for their Summer Rock Camps.