MUSIC

“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

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.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CHOIR

The FPC Choir is a great musical opportunity for those in high school through adult (no age limit!). Made up of volunteers and support from professional singers, the FPC Choir sings weekly for our 10:00 service. Their repertoire focuses primarily on the sacred traditions of the church throughout the centuries, and vary their repertoire with music from other cultures. Highlights of the year include the annual Christmas concert, our third annual joint program in the spring with Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich, CT as well as larger holidays and services as Holy Week, Easter, and Scottish Sunday.

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 9:00 AM

SCHOLA CANTORUM

A chamber ensemble for more advanced singers and professionals at FPC. This ensemble sings throughout the year and especially for special services in Holy Week. They specialize in a cappella music, focusing on polyphonic and new music by modern composers. For more information, contact Director of Music, Victoria Shields at victoria@fpcnc.org !

Rehearsals:  Thursdays 7:00-7:30PM

GENTLEMEN SONGSTERS

This men’s ensemble sings popular and sacred music for area retirement homes around New Canaan in the Christmas season and in the spring. Directed by Alma Hamilton, the group rehearses on Tuesdays from 11:30-1:00. Contact Alma at hamiltonaajh@gmail.com if you are interested in joining this fun group!

Rehearsals Tuesdays 11:30-1:00PM

ENGLISH HANDBELL CHOIR

The English Handbell Choir plays throughout the year, especially at Christmas and Easter. Members of the handbell choir have basic through advanced music reading skills. A requirement for being a member is being able to laugh! This group has lots of fun and fellowship in addition to ringing handbells!  Contact Director of Music, Victoria Shields at victoria@fpcnc.org for more information.

Rehearsals:  Thursdays 1:30-2:30

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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 offerings from early-childhood through high school.

Music

CHERUB CHOIR

Pre-K-Grade 2

The children learn faith-based songs to sing in worship, are introduced to fundamentals of music and games, and play a variety of simple instruments. Key performances during the year are at the Christmas Pageant, Easter Sunday, and others. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 11:15-11:45 a.m. Get your child started early singing God’s praises!

Sherry Tate, Director
Contact Sherry Tate, Cherub Choir Director at sherry@fpcnc.com with questions or to register your child.
Rehearsals:  Sundays 11:15 – 11:45AM

CAROL CHOIR

Grades 3–7

This choir expands on the fundamentals of singing using the Kodaly and Orff methods. Choristers learn how to be worship leaders through leading worship on their own and with the FPC Choir. Last year, Carol Choir sang with the FPC Choir, Benjamin Britten’s monumental Ceremony of Carols on the FPC Christmas Concert, and also presented the spring play, “When God Comes for Breakfast, You Don’t Burn the Toast”. Carol Choir also has the opportunity to ring chimes, handbells, and play Orff instruments for services for extra fun in worship!

Victoria Shields, Director
Contact Victoria Shields for more information at 203.966.0002 (ext. 3) or victoria@fpcnc.org
Rehearsals:  Wednesdays 4:30-5:30PM

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

If you or your child plays an instrument, we are forming an ensemble to play for worship, including on hymns, and other times throughout the service. We would love to have you join us for a fun hour of music making!

Victoria Shields, Director   
Contact Victoria Shields for more information at 203.966.0002 (ext. 3) or victoria@fpcnc.org
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm

COMMUNITY CONCERTS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Check out our previous concerts and events!