Ensembles – Adult
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 serving music ensemble in the history of the church. It is open to all that enjoy music-reading and 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 season (3rd Sunday in Advent), changing its repertory each year.
Chancel Choir meets regularly on Wednesdays (Sept. through beginning of June) at 6:45 – 8:30 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. Interest in bell ringing, note reading in treble and/or bass clef, and a certain proficiency maintained through regular rehearsals is key to the bell-ringing experience. 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 21st century classical literature. A low-key vocal screening is a prerequisite for this ensemble, as 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 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 of Music at First, concentrating its repertoire choices on mid 20th to early 21st century contemporary Christian SATB choral repertoire. Its membership is a cross-section of the church community that enjoys singing, and is the perfect ensemble for those looking for fellowship in music without the heavier worship commitment of other choirs; First Folk participates in worship regularly.
First Folk meets on a flexible rehearsal schedule, on Tuesdays (Sept. through May) at 7:00 PM.