Music Ministry

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THE MINISTRY OF MUSIC

Worship is at the heart of the life and mission of First Presbyterian Church of Monroe. Through participation in our choirs and music programs, all ages are encouraged in a joyful faith in God. Singing in a choir, ringing in a bell choir, playing a wide variety of instruments in a supportive and creative environment, our participants are trained to be leaders in worship. In addition, the fine arts, drama, and visual arts ministries provide numerous opportunities that enrich our faith journey.


UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS


Advent Noon Recitals

December         6 Wednesday 12:15 p.m.

Our series begins with our very own Sanctuary Choir and Sanctus Handbell choir. Music by Rutter, Bach, Willcocks, and Charles Wood will be sung by the choir. The Handbell Choir will play music by Handel and arrangements of Christmas carols. Both ensembles are directed by Music Director, Susan Barker.

 

December        13 Wednesday 12:15 p.m.

This recital will feature flutist Janet Spence, accompanied by Susan Barker, at the piano. Ms. Spence will play the Faure' "Pavane", Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", and "Sheep May Safely Graze", "I Wonder as I Wander", and "Ding, Dong! Merrily on High".

December        20 Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.

The Monroe Recorder Consort, led by John Fedosky will be playing Renaissance music. This group plays annually for the Boar's Head Festival which Monroe High School performs to sold out audiences.

These recitals are open to all ages and are free. Please join us!


MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

Sanctuary Choir

Rehearses: Every Wednesday from 7:30 -9:00 pm
High school through adult singers lead worship services every Sunday. In addition, the Sanctuary Choir presents special cantatas twice a year with instrumental ensembles. No audition required but some prior choral experience helpful. Regular commitment is important.


Gloria Ringers

Rehearses: Every Wednesday from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
High school through adult handbell ringers play in worship approximately once a month. Some music reading ability is helpful. The choir rings on 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells and 3 octaves of Malmark chimes. New ringers are always welcome.

Instrumentalists

Instrumentalists play in a variety of ways in worship: as a group, individually, in duets and smaller ensembles, serving the needs of the worship and the music. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed. Please contact the Music Director if you play an instrument and would like to share your gifts with our church.


Children's Choir

We hope that our Summer Music Camp, being held this summer August 15 -19 at our church, will be the beginning of a new Children's Choir! If you are interested in attending the Music Camp please see the registration form on our website.

OUR INSTRUMENTS

Our church is blessed with several exceptional instruments, especially our Moller pipe organ and 9' concert grand Baldwin piano. The Moller organ was a gift of Mr and Mrs Don B Leathers in 1952. The organ was installed with the Great, Choir, Swell, and Pedal divisions located on either side of the chancel behind a woodwork grille and the Echo in the back of the sanctuary, above the large rose window. In 2004 Richard Houghten and Associates completed an extensive renovation, including a Solid State organ System, multi-level memory capture system,MIDI ports, and complete draw knob and tab replacement.
The church also owns 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells and 3 octaves of handchimes.