Anaheim United Methodist Church

Music Ministries

We have a dynamic and exciting music ministry for all ages at AUMC!

We are pleased to introduce our new...


John Elg (pronounced “Elj”) grew up in Los Angeles and began singing in the Children's Choir at La Tijera United Methodist Church.  He attended California State University, Northridge and graduated with a degree in Music Education.  He went on to study music at Cincinnati Conservatory, USC, UCLA and Loyola Marymount.  Some of his greatest teachers were John Alexander, Elmer Thomas, Robert Shaw, Donald Neuen, and Paul Salamunovich. 

As an educator, John taught Choral Music at Mission Viejo High School and also at and Orange Coast College.  As a Minister of Music, he served for 27 years at Presbyterian Church of the Master.

Professionally John has conducted over 500 Hollywood studio sessions for orchestras and choirs, and was Conductor of the orchestra for the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters from 2009 - 2016.

John is married to Gretchen (a fine alto) and they have 2 children Edward and Elizabeth.


After a more informal summer schedule, the Chancel Choir will resume choir practices starting August 18.  Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  We would love to have you join us at rehearsal and on Sunday mornings at the 10:30 service.  You do not have to have a great singing voice, just the willingness to sing with your heart.

This is a very meaningful and inspiring way to praise our Lord.


Anaheim United Methodist Church is hiring Choral Interns for its Chancel Choir under the direction of conductor Dr. Scott Farthing and organist Yoojung Chung-Ji.

We are looking for singers of all voice types with preference given to full-time College/University students pursuing degrees in music, music education, or church music.

Weekly commitments are Thursday evening from 7:30-9:00 and Sunday mornings 9 AM service and 10:30 service, with brief warm-up rehearsals before each. There are possibilities of other rehearsals as well throughout the year with advanced notice.

Musical styles include standard sacred choral literature, choral music from Renaissance to present day, as well as lighter choral literature that reflects the wide tastes of the AUMC congregation.

The following are essential qualifications of a successful candidate
  • Excellent sight-reading
  • The ability to adapt to multiple musical styles and genres
  • The vocal ability to switch between being a soloist and to comfortably
  • blend within the texture of the ensemble
  • Excellent intrapersonal skills
  • Evidence of the ability to assist other volunteer singers in the choir
  • A proven ability of dependability and professionalism
  • A respect for the mission and philosophy of the congregation of the AUMC.

The position will begin by Thursday, September 8, 2016 or ASAP depending upon the decision of the audition committee.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, August 14th from 2:00-5:00 and then on Sunday, August 21st from 5:00-8:00 at AUMC located at 1000 S. State College Blvd, Anaheim (at the cross streets of Wagner and State College)

To request an audition time, please forward a brief resume and include two names and contact information for references to Dr. Scott Farthing at:

For the audition, please prepare one piece that shows your musical interest and be prepared for a short interview and sight reading test. An accompanist will be provided.

Payment is $25.00 per rehearsal and service.

There are many opportunities to sing at other functions; IE funerals, weddings, special programs. The church also gives the choral interns the opportunity to apply for up to $1,000 dollars every year in scholarship money from the AUMC Foundation as funds allow.

AUMC also gives the interns use of the sanctuary for recitals and programs that assist in their education.

AUMC has long been a leader in the church music community in Orange County. With a beautiful pipe organ, a 9 foot concert grand, 7 foot grand, and a 6 foot grand readily available, not to mention excellent acoustics, the facilities are excellent for making music.

The AUMC church family is a loving, open, generous, and dedicated group of people who take their music program very seriously. In the past, the church has helped send its choral interns to many study abroad programs and are supportive of each student’s recital or performance opportunity. It Is a wonderfully warm and supportive congregation that values diversity and mutual respect.


Do you like to sing?  Well, come join the choir!  Our Director of Music, Scott Farthing, promises a fun, rewarding time of fellowship and music.  We would love to have new people join us!  The Chancel Choir is for Youth and adults.  You don’t have to be a RAP star, an opera singer, or have sung with a band.  You’d be surprised at the talent you have!  We rehearse on Thursday Nights, 7:30-9:00, and sing on Sundays at the 10:30 service.  Try us out!  You'll be glad you did. 

It's fun - It's a chance to meet new people - It's a chance to sing!

In addition to beautiful voices, we have a wonderful pipe organ, two grand pianos, a harpsichord, hand bells, hand chimes, and other instruments to bring wonderful music to our worship services. 

The Pipe organ was built in 1973 and dedicated on October 14 of that year.  To see the program of the dedication recital, which includes a complete list of the pipes and ranks of this magnificent organ, click here: Pipe Organ Dedication - 1973.

From Scott Farthing - Our Director of Music . . .

There is a Song in the Air

Is there a congregational hymn or song that you would love to hear on Sunday morning? A song that has touched you or one that you would want sung in honor of a loved one? Send an email to Scott Farthing at and let him know and he will do his best to get it in an upcoming service. Better yet, if you could attach a story as to why this hymn has touched you it could be shared in the Sunday morning bulletin! This is for both 9:00 and 10:30 services. So flip through that hymnal and send in your ideas. 

Call our Director of Music, Scott Farthing, (714-776-5710) for more information.