Music and Arts

The mission of the Music and Arts Ministry at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church is to glorify God by enriching our community of faith through an inclusive, comprehensive, and dynamic visual and performing arts program.

Music Department Staff

  • Vance Jenkins, Director of Music and Principal Organist (Downtown Campus)
  • Emily Cupelli, Worship Leader at The Table (Downtown Campus)
  • Joyce Ford, Music Director (Trinity Campus)

Adult/Youth Music

Worship Band Downtown

Do you have a passion for worship and a musical gift to share?  If so, you are invited to audition to be a part of the contemporary worship band at The Table under the direction of our contemporary worship leader, Emily Cupelli.

The worship team leads the contemporary worship services on Sunday mornings for both the 8:45 and 11 AM services at the downtown campus. Singers and musicians are invited to be a part of our rotating volunteer group depending on availability and need. Rehearsals are held at 6:30 PM on Tuesday evenings in the band room beside Sisk Hall.

Please contact Emily if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity and how to get plugged in!

Chancel Choir Downtown


The Chancel Choir at the Downtown Campus is an SATB ensemble open to singers in the church from senior high youth through adults under the direction of Vance Jenkins.

When the choir cannot practice in person, the group meets virtually.

The Chancel Choir sings weekly at the 11:00 AM traditional worship service held in the Sanctuary. In addition to providing vocal leadership on hymns and presenting anthems, this choir performs at least two major works during the year with orchestral accompaniment.

New singers are always welcome, and rehearsals for the Chancel Choir are held at 6:45 PM on Wednesdays (August through May) in the Choir Room/over Zoom.

Chancel Choir Trinity

The Chancel Choir at the Trinity Campus is under the direction of Joyce Ford.

This SATB ensemble rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM (September through May) in the Choir Room and sings for the weekly 11:00 AM worship services.

We welcome new singers at the Trinity Campus as we seek to lead all of God’s people in worship.

Music for Children

Buncombe Street UMC offers age-appropriate musical instruction for our preschool and elementary-aged children. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings, September through April. Click to email Vance Jenkins for additional information or to register your child.

3 and 4 year-olds

Preschool Play and Worship 6:00-7:00 PM Wednesdays (Amphitheater)

K5 through Second Grade

Celebration Choir 6:00-6:30 PM Wednesdays (212)

Third through Fifth Grades

Joyful Noise Choir 6:00-6:30 PM Wednesdays (Choir Room)


Buncombe Street UMC is a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and rings with five octaves of White Chapel bells.

The Carillon Choir (Downtown Campus)

An adult handbell choir that rings monthly for worship and participates in community events regularly. This handbell choir rehearses September-April on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Handbell Room and is directed by Dianne Eikenbusch.

The Handbell Choir (Trinity Campus)

An adult handbell choir that rings on special occasions for worship and rehearses on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Choir Room. Members of this choir ring in collaboration with ringers from Redeemer Episcopal, and the choir is directed by Joyce Ford.

Art Gallery

Shell Gallery in the Truluck Room (Downtown Campus)

The Shell Gallery in the Truluck Room exists to glorify God by enriching our community of faith through dynamic visual arts.  The Gallery offers exhibits throughout the year and features a variety of artists and artistic styles. Shows are determined by a Selection Committee, and artists participate in accordance with the Exhibit Guidelines.  The Gallery was given to the glory of God and in memory of Katherine and Owen Shell, who spent more than 40 wonderful years in Greenville and at Buncombe Street UMC, by their family.

To submit a piece for the next exhibit on the theme of “Stations of the Cross” opening March 1, please click below. Works of art must be submitted on or before February 24.

Submit original artwork

2020 Exhibition Schedule



Shell Gallery in the Truluck Room Opens

The purpose of the Shell Gallery in the Truluck Room is to glorify God by enriching our community of faith through dynamic visual arts. The Gallery celebrated its opening in January and is already hosting the second show of members’ original artwork.

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