Join us as we celebrate the glory of God! Our worship is Reformed, our preaching is both inspiring and challenging, our hymns and choral music are traditional. We come into God’s presence with humility and openness to hear God’s word and respond in ways that transform our lives, allowing us then to be a part of God’s intended transformation of our world. We seek always to be joy-filled, thoughtful, authentic, engaging and participative. “In worship the faithful offer themselves to God and are equipped for God’s service in the world.” Book of Order. WPC celebrates the glory of God through Reformed worship, thought-provoking sermons and traditional church music. Sunday worship services are held at 10:00 a.m. Children are encouraged to attend worship with their families until they are excused to participate in age-graded Sunday School activities.
WPC is blessed with a rich heritage in sacred classical music. “Song is a response which engages the whole self in prayer,” states our Book of Order. Indeed, prayerful reflection and joyful expression are at the core of our music program. WPC’s music encompasses traditional hymns, anthems, and spirituals sung by the congregation and the Chancel Choir. Among the beautiful traditions of WPC are the processionals, introits, and sung responses of the Chancel Choir or Chamber Singers. Often, the Westwood Brass Ensemble, Westwood Chamber Orchestra, or members of the congregation will add to the festive service with instrumental music.
WPC’s youth and children’s choirs perform regularly during the year providing young people with the opportunity to sing God’s praises. Full youth musicals—featuring original and new compositions—and the annual Christmas Pageant are high points for families in the WPC year.
WPC has a long tradition of excellence in liturgical choral music. The
choir meets for rehearsal Thursday evenings from 7:30–9:30 pm in the Choir
Room and/or Sanctuary. Those who enjoy singing and wish to experience the joy
of working within an ensemble are welcome to become part of the Chancel Choir,
which sings at the 10:00 am worship service and during special services and
concerts. Joined by eminent organist, Dr. Namhee Han, the Chancel Choir serves
as a highly meaningful component of worship. If you are interested in
joining the Chancel Choir, please contact our Director of Music, Dan Redfeld at email@example.com.
Music at Westwood is a program of sacred concert music that has been in existence at Westwood Presbyterian Church since 1997. We strive to present both old and new classical works in a setting that brings one closer to God through sharing the joy of music.
The mission of Music at Westwood is to keep sacred and classical music accessible and alive in our community.
We welcome Dan Redfeld to our WPC family and to his new role as our Director of Music. Dan brings 15 years of experience directing church choirs, both in Culver City and Pasadena. Having stepped away a few years ago, Dan began to feel the “itch” to get back at it last Christmas Eve, when he realized how much he missed participating in the richness of the church’s Christmas choral tradition. Not only is Dan an experienced church musician, he is an award-winning composer, conductor, orchestrator, pianist and producer. Dan received his training at Boston’s New England Conservatory before transferring to UCLA, where he graduated with a degree in composition with an emphasis in conducting. Dan is married to renowned violinist, Elizabeth Hedman, whom we look forward to meeting someday soon. For more information about Dan, visit www.danredfeld.com.
Playing from the heart defines Namhee Han’s approach to music making. She performed the opening solo concert for the prestigious Los Angeles Bach Festival at the First Congregational Church in 2013 and has played at the National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). Constantly expanding the repertoire of her artistic expressions, she has performed with the Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale and the GRAMMY Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music (harpsichord and harmonium). A native of South Korea, Namhee studied the piano since young. After earning a Bachelor’s in English education from Seoul National University, she came to the US to pursue graduate studies in linguistics. She began organ study with Thomas Harmon in 1999 and completed Master’s and Doctoral degrees in organ performance at UCLA. In addition, she holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in applied linguistics from UCLA. As organist at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, Dr. Han is keenly interested in contributing to the music community in Southern California and actively collaborates with instrumentalists, choral groups and orchestras. She enjoys teaching piano and organ, and maintaining an intellectually stimulating and physically active life. Her performance projects include playing solo and duo organ music for the DVD “The story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ”.
American soprano Christina Borgioli earned a BM and MM in vocal performance from the prestigious vocal music program at UCLA. In 2009, she earned her Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music at The New School in New York. During her time in New York, Ms. Borgioli had the privilege to participate in a special student-mentor program with acclaimed soprano Deborah Voigt. As an esteemed soloist for the “Music at Westwood” Concert Series at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, Ms. Borgioli’s resonant, pure solo lyric soprano voice has been featured in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Handel’s Messiah, and many cantatas of J.S. Bach. Her oratorio repertoire also includes the soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria, Rutter Requiem, and Rossini Stabat Mater. A favorite collaborator amongst her colleagues in the world of opera, Ms. Borgioli has performed the lead roles of Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc), Violetta in La Traviata (Verdi), and Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring (Britten), among many others. Ms. Borgioli is a long standing member of the Los Angeles Opera Chorus. She is a principal soloist with the Westwood Master Choir and Orchestra, and the Westwood Madrigals. As an experienced performer of new music, she will collaborate next season with Los Angeles based composer Jeffrey Parola as part of the Music Sacra concert series at St. Thomas the Apostle, featuring sacred repertoire for soprano and organ.
Justin Brunette, has been noted for “deeply moving and affectingly emotional performances” (Kleine Zietung). Recently Mr. Brunette made his role debut with San Francisco’s Pocket Opera in Smetena’s Two Widows as Ladislaus. “Mr. Brunette sang with lustrous round tones and much energy” (Operawire.com). Making his international solo debut in Graz, Austria with the American Institute of Musical Studies under the baton of Marzio Conti, Mr. Brunette was a semi-finalist in The Meistersinger Competition and a Young Artist Vocal Scholarship recipient. He is the winner of the 2015 Redlands Bowl Competition in California and a 2017 finalist in the S. Livingston Mather Competition in Ohio. In recent seasons, Mr. Brunette has performed as Romeo in Roméo et Juliette, Bacchus (cover) in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. While receiving his Masters of Music degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Mr. Brunette was privileged to work with Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer on IU’s premier of It’s a Wonderful Life in the role of Uncle Billy. This fall he will make his role debut as Gaston in Landmark Opera’s production of La Traviata.
Devon is honored to be joining this wonderfully talented choir at WPC! Devon is both a full-time mom and a full-time singer. She currently sings soprano with the Metropolitan Mater Chorale, and she can be seen singing at Disneyland with the Goodetime Carolers, The Sweethearts and The Skeletones. Devon also sings with the renowned jazz band Sascha’s Bloc, and she recently had the privilege of being featured in the Sascha’s Bloc album Club Rendezvous, with Matthew Morrison and Nikki Lorenzo. Recent musical theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast – “Babette” Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – “Wailing Wife” The Marvelous Wonderettes – “Cindy Lou” Company – “Jenny” It’s Only Life – “Woman 2” Sweeney Todd – “Johanna” Snow White, an Enchanted Musical – “Snow White” Oklahoma! – “Laurie” Reading Together with Belle – “Belle”. Twitter
Matthew graduated from California State University of Northridge in 2017 with a BM in vocal performance. There he studied classical voice under Dr. David Sannerud. He has performed in multiple operas and sung roles such as “Seneca” in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, “Zuniga” in Bizet’s Carmen, “Mr. Gobineau” in Menotti’s The Medium, and the “Commendatore” in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He also was given scholarship to participate in a two and a half week vocal program in Trossingen, Germany, that took place during the summer of 2015 and focused primarily on the study and performance of the German Art Song repertoire. Matthew has performed in multiple oratorio settings such as the Mozart Requiem, the Faure Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah. He writes original music to sing and play on the banjo and even instructs his own banjo students from time to time. He looks forward to learning new music as well as old music in the years to come.
After receiving his Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Illinois State University he accepted a graduate assistantship with University of Nevada in Las Vegas. While finishing his Master of Music degree in Vocal performance Scott was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Council auditions. He went on to sing and vocal direct the opera and entertainment programs at The Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino. Scott has enjoyed featured solo work with collegiate and local symphonies in Illinois and Las Vegas as well as with chamber orchestras in Los Angeles. He has had the pleasure of singing in jazz and a cappella quartets on Celebrity cruise ships. Currently Scott is tenor soloist/section leader for Westwood Presbyterian Church and managing and teaching at the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. https://soundcloud.com/scottnoonanvoice
Mezzo-soprano Nandani Maria Sinha is an internationally acclaimed and multiple award-winning singer of German and Indian descent, known for her passionate performances and great presence. Born in the United States, Nandani relocated to Germany where she received formal training in voice and piano. She then returned to the US, where she earned a BM cum laude in vocal performance from Cornell University, and a Master of Music from California State University at Los Angeles, where she was honored as a CSULA Friend of Music Scholar and elected as a member of Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honors Society. Ms. Sinha has been a frequent soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, and a recitalist in London, France, Austria and Germany, where she was honored to sing for the Millennium Festival of Music in Bad Arolsen. Additionally, she has presented recitals throughout South Africa for the No.1 Ladies’ Opera Festival. A favorite performer in Southern California, Nandani has performed with such organizations as the Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, California Philharmonic, and Redlands Symphony, among many others. 2019 has Ms. Sinha returning to Opera Santa Barbara to sing the role of Filipievna in Eugene Onegin with Karen Wolverton and Samuel Ramey.
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Westwood Presbyterian Church is available to all who wish a Christian marriage service. The use of the church is governed by the church session.
- Preliminary information regarding the scheduling of dates, use of church facilities, and related costs should be obtained from the church office prior to a conference with the pastor.
- A WPC minister must officiate at the wedding ceremony. The couple is required to have two meetings with the officiating pastor to consider together the spirituality of marriage, hear the report of premarital counseling, and to prepare for the wedding ceremony. In some situations, a request for a non-staff clergy person to assist our pastor in the service might be granted.The couple is required to receive 3 - 6 sessions of premarital counseling with a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Psychologist or Pastoral Counselor. Fees for premarital counseling shall be the responsibility of the couple. While couples are free to seek their own counselors, a list of recommended professionals will be included in the information packet.
- To ensure that nothing will detract from the solemnity of the wedding service, No flash photography is permitted during the service by guests or by your photographer. Time-exposure photos from the balcony are permitted. Video taping is permitted subject to the unobtrusive placement of the camera operator. No additional lighting or flashes may be used during the service.
- The church will be available to the florist, photographer, and others one and one-half hours before the scheduled time of the wedding.
A $150 non-refundable sanctuary deposit will hold the date. The balance is due at rehearsal.
There is no fee schedule for the minister's services; however, it is customary to give the officiating minister an appropriate honorarium.
- Wedding coordinator
- Organist: Namhee Han
- Church ministers:
- Christine Chakoian, Pastor
- Matthew Hardin, Associate Pastor
- Email your wedding request to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 474-4535 to set up a walk-thru.
- Once your deposit has been received and the date has been added to the church calendar, Fill out the Wedding Service Preparation Form and email it to email@example.com or mail it to 10822 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024
In times of death, the church community gathers to support the grieving, celebrate the life of the deceased, and affirm our Christian hope in the life to come. When a loved one dies, please contact the church office (310) 474-4535 or firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process of arranging for a funeral or memorial service.
O Lord: support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work too will be done. Then, in your mercy, grant us safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ. Amen.