Drawing on a rich tradition, the music program at First Church is recognized as one of the finest in New York City.

The First Church Adult Choir is a strong and integral part of the spiritual life at First Church. Under the direction of Michael Shake, our Director of Music, the excellent choral ensemble is comprised of both professional and volunteer singers. The weekly commitment and spiritual devotion of each member to singing God’s praises are the foundation of this ensemble.

Repertoire includes a broad range of music, from Gregorian Chant and Plainsong to Renaissance motets and the major oratorios and mass settings, to 21st-century compositions, including commissioned works. Twice a year, Vesper Services of Music with full orchestra are presented, which include major choral works, such as Bach’s B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Poulenc’s Gloria. Many of our choir are heard in major concert halls throughout the world, including both concert and opera repertoire.

First Presbyterian Church Choir,
Michael Shake, Director of Music


Listen to Choral Anthems sung in worship.