Ensembles – Adult
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Bellissimo (Bell Choir)
Open to 9th grade to adult handbell enthusiasts playing at an intermediate-level; please see this ensemble’s description under Ensembles: Youth and Children.
This is the anchor choir of the music ministry, and the longest consistently serving music ensemble in the history of the church. There is no specific music prerequisite for this ensemble, and it is open to all that enjoy singing quality SATB literature from the 18th through 20th century. Chancel Choir participates regularly in Sunday Worship, and presents a full oratorio/choral work each Christmas (this year on the 3rd Sunday in Advent), changing its repertory each year.
Chancel Choir meets regularly on Wednesdays (Sept. through beginning of June) at 7:00 PM for rehearsal.
Decibells (Bell Choir)
This advanced-level bell choir (10th grade to adult) is dedicated to quality handbell literature and the advancement of bell techniques in the art of English handbell ringing. A prerequisite for membership is interest in bell ringing, note reading in treble and/or bass clef, and a certain proficiency maintained through the rehearsal process. The ensemble participates regularly in worship.
Decibells meets regularly on Thursdays (Sept. through May) at 7:30 PM for rehearsal.
This select chamber choir pursues the learning of fine repertoire from the Renaissance through 20th century classical literature. Open to all members of the church community, the prerequisite for this ensemble is reading music and having previous choral experience. Select challenging works with organ accompaniment have also been included on the worship roster. The ensemble participates in worship once in a 5-6 week rotation.
First Chamber meets regularly on Thursdays (Sept. through May) at 6:30 PM for rehearsal.
This choir provides an additional facet in the music ministry of The First Church, concentrating its repertoire choices on mid to late 20th century contemporary Christian choral repertoire. Its membership is a cross-section of the church community, and is the perfect ensemble for those looking for fellowship in music without the heavier worship commitment of the Chancel Choir; First Folk participates in worship regularly.
First Folk meets on a flexible rehearsal schedule, on Tuesdays (Sept. through June) at 7:00 PM.