Music at St. Barnabas

Music is in the DNA of St. Barnabas! We have a top-drawer music staff that oversees adult and youth choirs, bell choir, chimes choir, as well as special performances throughout the year.

Many St Barnabas parishioners are accomplished musicians. As a result, there are many musical affiliations and connections.  We are also blessed with very talented children and youth who frequently participate in the prelude or postlude to our services.

A staple of services at St. Barnabas is our Rodgers 5 Manual Trillium pipe organ, a purchase made possible by designated donations. Our music program reflects its powerful capability and creativity, and it is clearly a centerpiece of our Sunday.

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Adult Choir

Join the Choir and sing at the 10 a.m. worship and various special holy services throughout the year.

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Handbell Choir

The St. Barnabas Handbell Choir is comprised of adults and youth dedicated to ringing handbell music for worship and praise.

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Youth Choir

The St. Barnabas Youth Choir teaches youth to sing confidently and share their collective voices during various worship services throughout the year.


O God, The King of Glory

2020 Lessons & Carols postlude
In Dulci Jublio BWV 729

Bwana Awabariki

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

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Michael Chertock

Director of Music

Michael Chertock has been with St. Barnabas for 20 years. His experience and dedication have made our music program one of the strongest church music programs in the region.

In addition to his responsibilities as Music Director, he also participates in our Outreach program, performing benefit concerts for Habitat for Humanity and Cincinnati Respite Care.

Michael received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in music from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music He is a successful piano soloist and conductor, appearing with orchestras internationally. He is currently symphony pianist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Outside the CSO, he is Chair of the Piano Department at CCM, Conductor of the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and the associate artistic director of the Linton Chamber Music Series.

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Janet Beckmeyer

Assistant Director of Music

Janet earned her Bachelor and Master's of Music degrees in piano performance from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Michael Chertock. She has enjoyed leading the St. Barnabas Handbell Choir in addition to playing piano and organ at St. Barnabas services since 2001.

The Handbell Choir rings monthly at services, at special services, and rehearses throughout the church year. The group often collaborates with the St. Barnabas Adult Choir and Youth Choir in ringing and singing together at St. Barnabas services. Both youth and adults are invited to ring and participate as a family, and no experience is necessary as the Handbell Choir always welcomes new members.

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Joshua Goines

Director of Choirs

Conductor, organist, and composer Joshua Goines was hired at St. Barnabas in 2019 as the youth choir director. In summer of 2020, he became Director of Choirs with responsibilities that extended to conducting the adult choir in addition to the youth choir.

Joshua is a native of New Orleans, LA which is where he first discovered his love for music. As a member of the New Orleans Children’s Chorus, he discovered the professional world of choral music and that fueled his decision to become a music major. Joshua has a Bachelor of Arts in music with an organ emphasis and (unofficially) conducting from Andrews University. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Music in choral conducting from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Upcoming projects include conducting Mozart’s Requiem at St. Barnabas in November 2021, the annual Lessons & Carols service at St. Barnabas in December, clinician for the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists choral festival in Spring of 2022, and arranging/recording a new album with soprano Natasha Barbieri.

When not found in school or rehearsal, Joshua enjoys cooking because of the shared ability between cooking and music to bring together people from all walks of life to sit down and share an experience together.