Music Programs for Children & Youth
Throughout the history of The First Church, the music program has played a central role for children and youth. The year starts out with a fully staged, full length musical with a cast made up of all three of our children’s choirs.
The youngest children form small choruses that perform throughout the show, and children in grades 5 and up have the opportunity to audition for solo and lead roles. This is an all-inclusive show, so everyone is given a part, no matter what! Performances are usually in the middle of November. After Thanksgiving, the regular choir season begins, in which all cast members of the musical must participate. The three children’s choirs present music four times in services throughout the year, and play a central role in the Christmas Eve services.
The Junior Choir is comprised of children from Kindergarten through 4th Grade. After the musical, rehearsals are every Monday, from 6:30-7:00pm. Here the choristers learn vocal warm-up exercises, songs, play instruments, and learn the basics of notes, rhythms and pitch.
The Chancel Choir is for singers in 5th and 6th Grades. After the musical, rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:00-7:45pm. Singers begin to learn to read music, sing in parts, and sing in numerous other languages, including German, Latin, Spanish, Hebrew, and others.
The Youth Choir is for singers in 7th through 12th Grades. Rehearsals after the musical are Monday evenings from 7:45-8:30pm. Youth Choir members further their understanding of musical concepts, and learn to sing mixed chorus pieces in three, four, and sometimes even more parts.
The Alumni Choir is formed of former Youth Choir members who return to sing at the 11pm Christmas Eve service. This is a wonderful opportunity for singers to reconnect with old friends, as well as to once again make music together.