The First Church Adult Choir is a strong and integral part of the spiritual life at First Church, and is made up of about 30 talented volunteer and professional musicians. The weekly commitment and the strong spiritual devotion of each member to singing God’s praises are the foundation of this ensemble.
It is important to note that many members of the choir take an active part in the life of First Church, not only as singers, but in many different capacities as well, such as serving as officers and as members of various committees. Many members of the choir who are not formal members of the church consider First Church their home church.
This ensemble sings a wide range of repertoire, from Gregorian Chant and Plainsong to Renaissance motets and the major oratorios and mass settings, to 21st-century compositions. Many of our choir are heard in major concert halls throughout the world, including both concert and opera repertoire.
Some sacred works performed at Music Vesper Services with orchestra include:
- Mozart’s Requiem
- J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 140 (“Sleepers Awake”)
- Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols
- Handel’s Messiah, (complete)
- J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass
- J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Anima Nostra, and Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity
- Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass
- Johannes Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem and Serenade in D and Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus
- Bach’s Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
- Fauré’s Requiem and J.S. Bach’s Jesu Meine Freude
- Mendelssohn’s Elijah
- Vivaldi, Gloria