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2/17/2022 7:30:00 PM EST

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Bell Rehearsal

Bell Rehearsal

2/24/2022 6:15:00 PM EST
 

Director of Music & Organist Dr. Robert Muckenfuss recorded a CD, An Organ Tapestry, in the sanctuary. Proceeds from the sale of the CDs benefit the Music Fund and may be purchased after worship from Bob Muckenfuss. A suggested $20 donation is payable by check to "FPC," cash, or online under "music department".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Music Ministry

The Music Ministry of First Presbyterian Church offers persons of every age and ability a place to discover, nurture, and offer their musical gifts. For more information about your participation in a choral or instrumental ensemble, contact MaryMarie Quigley, Interim Director of Music at [email protected].

The choral music ministry at First Presbyterian has a strong, long standing tradition of offering some of the great choral works in the sacred church music canon. Every Lenten and Advent season the Chancel Choir offers such glorious works as Gabriel Faure's Requiem, John Rutter's Magnificat and Requiem, Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, George Frideric Handel's Messiah, Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah, to name a few. These are often accompanied by instrumental ensembles.

The Handbell Choir is an active participating member of the Handbell Musicians of America, and enjoys traveling to area conferences for classes and massed ringing events.

Chancel Choir

High school through adult

Thursday evenings – 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary (masks and vaccinations required). The choir offers appropriate worship music and leads the singing every Sunday at the 11:00 a.m. service, and special services. It presents two major works each year during the holiday seasons in winter and spring.

Handbell Choir

High school through adult

Thursday evenings – 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall (masks and vaccinations required). This group plays in worship approximately once a month, presenting works from traditional to modern music for English handbells.

Sanctuary and Organ

The Sanctuary and Organ are described HERE. In 2018, the former Director of Music, Robert Muckenfuss, recorded a CD on our sanctuary organ. Sales of the CD, "An Organ Tapestry," benefit the church Music Fund and may be purchased directly from the music director (currently MaryMarie Quigley, Interim). Approach her after worship in the chancel any Sunday or email directly. A suggested $20 donation is payable by check ("FPC"), cash, or online (under "music department").

Virtual Videos (COVID 2020-2021)

Music videos performed by the Chancel Choir and directed by Dr. Robert Muckfenfuss, former music director and organist, were crafted during the pandemic to help keep the choir united and the congregation and church community uplifted.

"Hail the Day, that Sees Him Rise" (May 2021)

"You Do Not Walk Alone" (March 2021)

"Hark the Herald Angels Sing" (December 2020)

"O Love that Will Not Let Me Go" (October 2020)

"My Wordless Prayer (August 2020)

Choir Trip to Europe

In 2018, the Choir took a nine-day trip to Europe, for sightseeing and six concerts at St. Nicholas Church in Prague, Czech Republic; Panny Maria Catholic Church in Letohrad, Czech Republic; Haydn Hall in the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria; Klosterneuburg Abbey in Austria; St. Florian Abbey in Florian, Austria; and Salzburg Dom, Austria.

Letohrad - Hear My Prayer

St. Nicholas - Prague - God Be in My Head

Letohrad - We Love this Place O God

Klosterneuburg - To My Old Brown Earth

"All Things Come of Thee" (Letohrad, 2018)

Letohrad - All Things Come of Thee

"Ride the Chariot" (Klosterneuburg 2018)

Letohrad - Ave Verum corpus

Adagio for Clarinet and Piano

Phyllis Crossen-Richardson and Bob Muckenfuss

Jesus The Very Thought of Thee

St. Nicholas Church in Prague, Czech Republic

Hear My Prayer, O God by Arcadelt

Salzburg Dom

Thanks to Bob, Bells and Choir

 

Concerts by Members

Throughout the year, members of the choir present free concerts for members of the community.  On May 11th, 2019, Erin Jones, Shannon Wise, David Hancock and Bob Muckenfuss, pianist, presented an outstanding concert of classical music.

Concert Recordings

 

 

Song to the Moon, from Rusalka by Dvorak

Erin Jones

 

Je veux vivre, Romeo and Juliet, Gounod

Shannon Wise

 

Una voce poco fa, Barber of Seville, Rossini

Erin Jones

 

Whither Must I Wander, Songs of Travel, Ralph Vaughan-Williams

David Hancock

 

Somebody Somewhere, Most Happy Fella, Frank Loesser

Shannon Wise

 

The Lads in Their Hundreds, George Butterworth

David Hancock

 

Set Me As a Seal, Steve Rainbolt

Erin Jones and Shannon Wise

 

The Lads in Their Hundreds, Arthur Somervell

David Hancock

 

Best Friend, Steve Rainbolt

Erin Jones

 

Yes, Yes, My Heart, Carnival, Bob Merrill

Shannon Wise