Music and the Arts

Music gives us a window into the divine.
Music connects us one to another,
either in the making of music, or in the listening to music.
Here are some of the music ministries at First Church:

This dedicated group of singers meets every Thursday night at 7:15 in the choir room, accessible up the stairs right inside the front doors of the sanctuary.  We sing a healthy variety of music, which in the past year has included folk songs, spirituals, motets from the 17th century, movements from Bach cantatas, English cathedral anthems, Sacred Harp melodies, African-American Gospel, contemporary Christian, South African freedom songs, and contemporary classical compositions.  We sing both a cappella (unaccompanied) and accompanied by organ, piano, or small chamber instrumental ensembles.

Our choir for children in 3rd to 8th grades meets right after school until 5:00pm on Wednesdays.  Children often take school buses directly from school to the church, where they are engaged in both singing and instrumental instruction, combined with group activities deepening their church fellowship.

Cherub Choir welcomes children in Kindergarten – Grade 2. We start with a snack and story time, learn fun songs and songs to sing during worship, do rhythm and movement activities, arts & crafts, games, etc.
The Cherub Choir is directed by Gail Etter, an educator trained in early music development and known for her local Teddy Bear Rhythms program.

Three octaves of Schulmerich handbells are rung throughout the church year at worship.  Weekly rehearsals after the 10:00AM worship service (approximately 11:30AM) are held in the church balcony.  Handbell ringing is a fun way to make music in a group, especially for those people who don’t consider themselves singers.

The church sponsors concerts on Sundays at 4:00PM for the community.  A free-will offering is taken to support this outreach program.

The church annually produces a staged event, whether it be a play or musical or other dramatic event.  Staging is set up in the front of the sanctuary, transforming our traditional worship space into an intimate performance setting.  Past events have included the musicals “Godspell”, and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Fiddler on the Roof”.  In 2017, the church will be producing the play “12 Angry Jurors”.