Hymn Choir

Would you like to be a better hymn singer?
Do you love to sing but are unable to make the commitment
to sing in the Sanctuary Choir?
Would you like to join the choir but need to improve your music reading skills?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions,
there is a new choir at First Pres
just for you.

Presenting the First Presbyterian Church Hymn Singers

This new choir is designed for any singers who wish to improve their singing skills, learn about hymnody, or simply enjoy fellowship with other church members who love to sing hymns.

What you can expect to gain:

  • Learn to read music and sing hymns in harmony through weekly instruction in musical notation and theory by Dr. Barry Wenger.
  • Learn to use your voice safely and properly through periodic vocal technique instruction by Julia Rigoni and her team of “Choral Scholars.”
  • Learn the historical context and process of choosing hymns through weekly instruction and discussions by Dr. Tom Tropp.

What you can expect to avoid:

  • Performances. Each week, we will learn the hymns for the coming Sunday, in order to provide leadership from the pews.
  • Ongoing commitment. Come once, come when you choose, or come every week.

The purpose of this ensemble is twofold: to provide a lower commitment choral offering for busy singers, and to offer instruction and training to less experienced or tentative singers.

This ensemble will meet from 6:00 to 6:45 every Thursday, beginning October 4.

  • On the first Thursday of each month, participants are encouraged to join the Sanctuary Choir monthly fellowship at 7:00
  • On the third Thursday of each month, the Hymn Choir will dismiss at 6:30 to allow participation in the Third Thursday Taizé services.


Fellowship, Music, Worship

2 Comments on “Hymn Choir”

  1. 1 Pam Stanton said at 3:52 pm on January 9th, 2019:

    I am intetested in participating in the hymn singers choir. I am not a member of the First Pres. church but have served in different capacities at First Pres. over the years. I am a member at Christ Church. Christ Church is currently looking for a new Worship director, so the choir has not been meeting for at least the past 6 months. I am missing singing. I have a friend from choir who is interested in attending too. Would we be welcome? If yes, I understand you meet on Thursdays 6-6:45 but where?
    Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Pam Stanton

  2. 2 dbirney said at 4:16 pm on January 9th, 2019:

    Hi Pam,
    Our choir director, Tom Tropp, is on vacation this week, returning Sunday. I have emailed him and copied our organist Barry and music associate Julia and asked if one of them could respond to you. But it may be Monday before you hear a reply.

    Have a great day.

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