Music Ministries

Recent Events at First Presbyterian Church

The 6th Annual Spring Concert was held on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. The program covered a wide range of musical periods from early Baroque (late Renaissance) to contemporary Jazz.  A brass ensemble of 8 with 2 percussionists and a double bass player joined the church’s handbell and vocal choirs for the concert.  The University of Northern Iowa vocal faculty, Mitra Sadeghpour and Katherine Osborne joined the choir for Giovanni Gabrieli’s “In Ecclesiis” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “O Clap Your Hands” and “The Old 100th Psalm Tune.”
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Spring Concert May 8, 2016
First Presbyterian Church in Waterloo presented its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3 p.m.  The program included Vivaldi’s “Gloria, RV 589” and Beethoven’s  “Choral Fantasy in C minor, Op. 80.”  An orchestra of 23 and guest pianist Dmitri Vorobiev, Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Iowa, joined the choir for the Beethoven “Choral Fantasy” under the direction of Taemin Han, Director of Music Ministries.  Voice soloists included University of Northern Iowa voice faculty: Katherine Osborne (alto), Jeffrey Brich (tenor), and John Hines (bass).

Video clips of the performance,  program,  poster 

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Music has always been a central part of First Presbyterian Church’s worship and community.  Our congregation worships together and enjoys fellowship through music, one of God’s greatest gifts for us.

We have three musical groups that meet during the choir season; Sanctuary Choir, Celebration Ringers, and Praise Ringers.  A children’s choir and instrumental ensemble are called for special services and concerts.  We encourage people with all levels of talent and ability to share their gifts of music.

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Sanctuary Choir
– This vocal choir includes High School Students through adults.  We enjoy a wide range of music from Renaissance to contemporary songs.  The Sanctuary Choir sings for most Sunday services during the church choir year (from early September to late May).  Choir rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening at 7:30 to 9 p.m.

 

 

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Celebration Ringers – This handbell group welcomes new ringers. Anyone from 12 years old who has basic music reading skills and bell technique can find a place in this ensemble.  They play for Sunday services approximately once per month and for special musical services and concerts. Handbell choir rehearsals are held at 6:00-7:00 p.m. each Wednesday evening during the choir year.

 

 

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Children’s Choir – This is a group of beginning ringers of varying abilities that also rehearses weekly and plays during worship as they master the music.  The musical activities in this group will not be limited to ringing bells but will include Orff instruments and various musical games to learn basic music reading skills. Children’s Choir is open to anyone in elementary to middle school who wants to learn basic music reading skills.  Thursday rehearsals will be held at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Instrumental Ensemble– This group meets occasionally to play for worship services and special musical events. Recommended for people who currently playing for middle and high school band and orchestra, or have played an instrument before in the past.

Summer Choir – This group meets once a month during summer in June, July, and August.  All those who wish to participate are asked to meet at 9:30 a.m. on the days they are singing for a quick rehearsal. The music will be simple enough to learn in a short rehearsal.

No matter who you are, there is always room in the music program of this church for you! Come and be a part of this exciting music program.  For information about participation in any of the musical activities at First Presbyterian Church, call the church office at 319-233-6145 or e-mail the Director of Music Ministries at taemin@1stpresby.org.