O sing unto the Lord a new song! Sing unto the Lord, all the whole earth! ~Psalm 96:1
The Music Ministry at First Church invites all who wish to offer their musical gifts in the praise of God and the building of community. Making music plays an essential part in the spiritual formation of the community and the individual. So, we have music ensembles for all ages—children and adult.
Ensemble building is a team effort, and we ask that you make a steadfast and reliable commitment to attend rehearsals throughout the season. We let our light shine by doing our best work, together.
About Children’s and Junior Choirs The Children’s and Junior Choirs sing in worship services throughout the year, including the Christmas Eve Pageant and Palm Sunday. Choir rehearsals are most productive and enjoyable when all of the children are present blending their voices into a unified whole to. Both choirs teach basic music reading, perform from memory, and are designed for a particular age group.
Directed by Cheri Evan
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Children’s Choir (For children in Kindergarten–3rd Grade) Children learn about pitch, rhythm, diction, conducting, and understanding the lyrics of songs. Members of Children’s Choir begin to discover how God’s Word speaks through music. Rehearsals: September –June; Sundays, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Junior Choir (For children in 4th–8th Grade) Juniors learn how to sing in harmony and continue to strengthen their pitch, rhythm, and diction. Junior Choir sings more advanced choral anthems and become musical leaders for the younger singers when all the choirs sing together. Rehearsals: September-June; Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
About Chancel and Festival Choirs The Chancel and Festival Choirs play an integral part of our worship, providing musical leadership throughout the year. The Choirs sing introits and anthems in a wide variety of styles.
Directed by the Rev. Dr. Paul Jacobson
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Chancel Choir (9th Grade–Adult) This ensemble leads worship on most Sundays, singing a wide variety of choral repertoire. Rehearsals: September-June; Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Festival Choir (Ages 9th Grade-Adult) The Festival Choir provides an opportunity for short-term participation in seasonal worship services. This choir gathers before Christmas and Easter, joining ranks with the Chancel Choir.
Rehearsals: seasonal, Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Christmas Festival Choir rehearsal starts November 9th.
Rehearsal dates for Easter Festival Choir will be announced in January.
Handbell Ensemble: We are hoping to gather a group of 3-4 people to bring back the sound of handbells to Sunday worship. Ideally, we would find a weekday rehearsal time that is convenient. If you’re curious at all, please contact Dr. Jacobson.
Other Instruments: Do you play an instrument? Cello, guitar, flute, saxophone, percussion, violin…the list is as endless as your experience and imagination. Please contact Dr. Jacobson if you want to lend your talent to our musical mix!