Musical Ensembles

Please contact Music Director John Albrecht to volunteer for any of our musical ensembles.

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Opportunities for Adults and High School Youth

Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, 7:00–8:30 PM, begin September 6, 2017

Sanctuary ChoirThe Sanctuary Choir provides the musical centerpiece for Sunday morning worship during the program year, September through June. The ensemble sings a widely diverse repertoire, including oratorio choruses, traditional anthems, contemporary works, gospel music, sacred jazz, and global music. During the Advent and Lent/Easter seasons, the choir performs major works with orchestra.

The Sanctuary Choir has sung in cathedrals in England, Scotland, and Wales, and performed at state and regional conventions for the American Choral Directors Association. In 2009 the choir premiered its commissioned anthem, “Pentecost,” by British organist/composer Malcolm Archer. Collaborative projects such as the Ike Sturm Jazz Mass with the Ike Sturm Jazz Ensemble in 2013 and the John Rutter Mass of the Children with the Appleton Boychoir in 2014 broaden the sound and experience of the ensemble.

The Sanctuary Choir welcomes new members; no audition is required.

Rehearsals on Sunday evenings, 5:00-6:00 PM, begin September 10, 2017.
Membership by audition.

Our special partnership with the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music students has been established for more than fifty years. Through this program, gifted students share their vocal and instrumental talents with our congregation, greatly enriching our worship service. In return we provide stipends that help them to pay for their educational expenses. An equally important goal of the program is to encourage these students to share their musical gifts with Christ's church beyond their college years.

Keyboard, brass, winds, strings and percussion instruments, chamber ensembles and voices help us celebrate God's gift of music in worship. Solo and chamber opportunities are available throughout the year. Musicians are encouraged to volunteer.

Percussion Ensemble in WorshipRehearsals begin in September, tba. Perform in worship on October 8, 2017.

The church owns an extensive number of percussion instruments, providing opportunities for percussion ensemble offerings.

New members are always welcome in the percussion ensembles. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed once performances are arranged.

A new opportunity for middle-schoolers through adults, coming January of 2018!

Intergenerational Experiences

Rehearsals on Sunday mornings between worship services begin October 22, 2017. to ring in worship on November 12, 2017.

Our Whitechapel handbells add another dimension of music to the worship experience. Opportunities include a Family Thanksgiving Workshop.

Scene from "Lost and Found: A Patchwork of Parables"
2015 scene from Lost and
Found: A Patchwork of Parables

Rehearsals on Sundays, 11:45-1:00 PM, and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 PM, begin January 10, 2016.

Each spring at First Congregational we bring together members and friends of all ages to participate in an intergenerational musical. Everyone from second grade up is invited to take part in this dramatic celebration of faith, and you are invited to join in this community-building experience no matter what your level of talent.

For Children and Youth

Rehearsals on Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 PM, begin on September 20, 2017.

2-14-2015 Children's Choir in worshipThe Children’s Choir is for grades 2–6. The children present anthems in worship and sing in a Christmas Eve service. The rehearsals culminate when the children contribute to our spring intergenerational musical. The choir “sings our faith” in worship, develops musical skills and builds Christian fellowship. All are welcome . . . no audition is required . . . bring a friend!

Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, 5:45–6:25 PM, begin September 27, 2017

Youth Handbells performing in worshipThe Youth Handbells ensemble is open to both middle school and high school students (grades 7–12). Ringers at all stages are welcome; experienced ringers in the ensemble mentor new ringers in learning more advanced techniques. High school ringers may also participate in small ensembles (trios, quartets).

In addition to singing in the Sanctuary Choir and ringing in Youth Handbells, youth grades 7–12 may present solo/small ensemble instrumental and vocal music in worship, provide music leadership on Youth Sunday and perform in the intergenerational musical.