Greetings my name is Barb Chambers, I am one of the church organist here at Emmanuel UMC.
I was baptized and married in this church and have always have been surrounded by my church family at EUMC. I have been married for over 46 years and have been blessed with four daughters and twelve grandchildren. We are especially blessed that all of them live close to us and we are able to be a small part of their daily lives.
After marrying Ross, we lived in three different States before coming back to Iowa in 1981. During that time I had the pleasure to be a youth choir director and chancel choir director. Upon returning to Iowa, I have served the EUMC music programs in the Sunday school department, as chancel choir director for 17 years in addition to playing for worship for the past few years.
Greetings I am Judy Schmitz one of the church organist here at Emmanuel UMC. I grew up on a farm in North Dakota; about 12 miles from the Canadian/U.S. Border; a part of the Red River Valley. I knew at an early age that when I grew up; I wanted to be a music teacher. My first experiences at singing at weddings and funerals were in junior high. I was selected to sing “The Lord's Prayer” at N.Dak. Girls State as a junior. I received many superior ratings at state contests and attended numerous honor festivals. When I graduated from high school, I received the outstanding vocal music award my senior year. My positive experiences with the Fine Arts, my passion for vocal and instrumental music continued with completing a double major of vocal and instrumental music at Mayville State University in North Dakota. During my college years, I made my first trip to seven European countries for a music study trip. My first job in North Dakota was in Minnewaukan; which happened to be the county seat and they were just paving their streets; but I decided I would try it at least one year; since they did have a water tower. I taught at Minnewaukan for 11 years, K-12 vocal and instrumental music. This job gave me a lot of experience teaching both of my majors at different levels. I was selected to be a staff member 5 times for the John Philip Sousa High School Honor Band in Washington, D.C. The organizers of this honor band were music professors from Purdue University. These professors also gave high school students and myself, being selected as a staff member, three week performing trips to Europe in the summer months. I traveled with the American Musical Ambassadors for 2 summers; experiences I will never forget. I have done some long-term music subbing in Norfolk, Nebraska. After a year, we moved to Des Moines, Ia. I accepted a vocal music teaching position at Madrid, Iowa. I have taught music in Madrid for 24 years.
The end of the 2013-2014 school year will bring a new chapter in my life, as I will be retiring from teaching. I am looking forward to the path that God has for me by using my musical gifts with the church family of Emmanuel UMC.