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9/15/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
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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 Bob Muckenfuss, Director of Music at directorofmusic@annapolis-presbyterian.com.

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 Music room. The choir offers appropriate worship music and leads the singing every Sunday at the 11:00a.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 Music Room. 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, Director of Music and Organist, Dr. 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 Dr. Muckenfuss. Approach him after worship in the chancel any Sunday or email him directly. A suggested $20 donation is payable by check ("FPC"), cash, or online (under "music department").

Choir Trip to Europe

The Chancel 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 in Austria..  

Klosterneuburg - To My Old Brown Earth

Letohrad - Hear My Prayer

Letohrad - All Things Come of Thee

Klosterneuburg - Ride the Chariot

Letohrad - We Love this Place O God

Letohrad - Ave Verum corpus

St. Nicholas - Prague - God Be in My Head

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