Music

Directors

Becky Diebold
-Director for Chancel Choir and Carillonneurs

 

Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir is a vocal choir made up of adults and any of high school age who would like to participate. The choir sings for most Sunday morning services during the school year and rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Most of the anthems are 4-part and range from Renaissance and Romantic to traditional and contemporary. The choir also participates in special services such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Christmas Eve. There are also times when the choir sings in the community at occasions like the city Christmas Tree Lighting, or the Martin Luther King Day observances.

There are no auditions for this choir; the only requirement is to be an enthusiastic participant in rehearsals and services.

Carillonneurs

The Carillonneurs are a group of  adult handbell ringers. This choir participates in Sunday services approximately once a month during the school year and rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The church has five octaves of Schulmerich handbells, as well as four octaves of handchimes. This group rings challenging music with verve and expertise. It is imperative that each ringer reads music and is able to be at most rehearsals. Skilled music readers are welcome to audition to be permanent ringers or for substituting.

“TELLING THE TALE OF THE TELLERS”In the early 1960’s, when Stan Niebrugge was the pastor at First Presbyterian Church, he was aware that the 1927 E.M. Skinner pipe organ needed to be replaced.  He appointed a committee of church members to address the situation.  Dr. Herb Wormhoudt was appointed as chair of the committee, while other members were John Van Der Ploeg, Mrs. H.L. Pollard,
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Children’s Choir

Children’s Choir is a vocal choir for those in kindergarten through 5th grade. They meet on Wednesdays from 3:45 – 4:15 pm. Depending on the age and number of participants, music can be simple unison anthems, up to two-part pieces. The choristers work on accurate pitch and vocal technique, learning to read music, and rhythmic exercises. They participate in worship services several times a year, including some special services.

This choir does not require auditions and is open to anyone in that age group.

Celebration Ringers

Celebration Ringers is a handbell choir for young and/or beginning ringers. It rehearses on Wednesdays from 4:15 – 5:00 pm. The group participates in worship and special services throughout the year. Some music reading ability is helpful, although not strictly required. This choir also uses the Schulmeric handbells, playing one – two octaves, depending on the composition of the group. More ringers are always welcome.