MUSIC

MUSIC AT THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

FPCNC is blessed to have exceptional acoustics for music-making!  In addition to our distinguished weekly music ministry and extensive music programs for all ages, FPCNC boasts a robust schedule of special concerts and guest performers.

ADULT CHOIRS

“Be filled with the Spirit as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts.”

— Ephesians 5:19

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CHOIR

The 48-voice First Presbyterian Church Choir is one of Fairfield County’s leading choral ensembles.  Their repertoire is extensive and stylistically diverse, from classical and traditional to lively spirituals and gospel anthems.  In addition to singing magnificent anthems each Sunday, the choir presents concerts of major works with orchestra during Advent and Holy Week to capacity audiences.  The choir has also performed joint concerts with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, and the period-instrument American Classical Orchestra, as well as notable brass ensembles such as the Epic Brass Quintet of Boston, and the Monumental Brass Quintet of Washington, D.C.   

Interested in joining the choir? We’d love to have you!  No audition is required, just contact Victoria Shields at 203.966.0002 (ext. 13) or via email at Victoria@fpcnc.org

Rehearsals:  Thursdays 7:30 – 9:30PM , Sundays 9:00AM

ENGLISH HANDBELL CHOIR

Youth and adults

The English Handbell Choir rings an exquisite three octave set of Whitechapel Bells cast in the United Kingdom.  Their magical sound enhances services throughout the year, especially at Christmastime. The ensemble requires some music-reading ability, but there are always openings for new ringers!  

Rehearsals:  Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:00PM

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN MEN’S CHORUS

This four-part men’s chorus presents inspiring gospel music and hymn arrangements for special services, including Father’s Day.

Rehearsals: As needed

CHILDREN’S CHOIRS

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth… come into His presence with singing.”

— Psalm 100:1-2

FPCNC is delighted to be able to provide children with unique musical programs that explore a broad range of instruments and musical styles in addition to numerous vocal ensembles.  These programs are led by our Musical Director,Victoria Shields, our Cherub Choir Director, Sherry Tate, and Allison Gray is Director and Choreographer for the School’s popular Children’s Musical Theatre program.

 

CLICK HERE for a special letter from Victoria Shields, Director of Music, about the 2016 Choir School!

CHERUB CHOIR

Pre-K-Grade 2

Discovering the singing voice and exploring music basics such as pitch and rhythm with movement are fun in the Cherub Choir, as children learn simple anthems and songs for worship, and join in Children’s Musical Theatre productions.   Melody bells and other percussion instruments enhance the learning experience.  

Contact Sherry Tate, Cherub Choir Director at sherry@fpcnc.com with questions or to register your child.

Rehearsals (Two sections):  Sundays 11:15 – 11:45AM, Wednesdays 5:00 – 5:45PM

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CAROL CHOIR

Grades 3–7

This primary children’s choir provides music for services and a fully-staged, costumed Children’s Musical Theatre production each spring, as well as providing core support for our Christmas Pageant each Christmas Eve. Rehearsals combine the preparation of service anthems with music reading and dramatic skills. Come see for yourself why our young singers LOVE this choir!

Contact Victoria Shields for more information at 203.966.0002 (ext. 13) or victoria@fpcnc.org

Rehearsals:  Wednesdays 5:00-6:30PM

COMMUNITY CONCERTS & SPECIAL EVENTS

In addition to large-scale concerts for choir and orchestra, the Sanctuary provides its congregation and community with unique concerts featuring award-winning guest performers in chamber music, solo piano, organ, and voice recitals, often showcasing our choir’s talented section leaders.  We are also honored to be the home for Fairfield County’s celebrated all-professional chorus, The Pro Arte Singers, directed by Maestro Arthur Sjogren.

 

Friday, May 19, at 7:30 pm

Phantom of the Opera

Silent movie Night in the FPC Sanctuary!

Movie accompaniment improvised on organ by Jackson Borges

All ages are invited for this fun evening where music and theater come to life!

Popcorn will be served!

We’ve had some wonderful past concerts in our space!  Enjoy these concert posters for a taste of what’s been, and what may be back in the future.