It is the voice of the Church that is heard in singing together. It is not you that sings, it is the Church that is singing. And you, as a member of the church, may share in its song.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
— Psalm 95:1
Music plays a central role in the worship experience at FPCY through the voices of the congregation in hymn singing, choral singing by the Adult Choir, musical instruments, and two handbell choirs. Worship music and congregational singing are accompanied by our Muller pipe organ, Steinway “M” grand piano, and harpsichord. Additional instrumental music performed by musicians from the congregation currently includes flute, guitar, French horn, and recorders.
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The Music Program at FPCY is led by Simona Frenkel, an internationally recognized pianist, organist and conductor. A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Ms. Frenkel holds a MM degree in performance from the Juilliard School of Music, Tallinn and Kiev Conservatories, and a Ph.D. in musicology from the Kiev Conservatory. She has been the Director of Music at FPCY since 2000, and is the Artistic Director of the FPCY Concert Series.
The Adult Choir sings each Sunday at the 10:45 worship from September through May, as well as at special services throughout the year. The choir is open to all who love to sing, and rehearses on Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m. in the Board/Music room (Room 14). Previous choral singing experience is not required, but a basic ability to read music is a help, and singers are encouraged to participate as their schedules allow. A friendly core group of experienced singers welcomes newcomers and helps them feel secure. Small groups and soloists from the Adult Choir provide music at the 8:30 worship and in the summer months.
The Adult Bell Choir performs often during the year, at the 10:45 worship service, and at Easter and Christmas Eve services. The Bell Choir consists of five octaves of 63 Malmark bells, weighing from a few ounces to eight pounds. The Adult Bell Choir is open to older youth and adults, and rehearses on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm. Those interested in learning bell ringing and participating in the choir are encouraged to speak with Simona, or to leave her a message in the office.
The Youth Bell Choir performs several times each year at the 10:45 worship service as well as at Palm Sunday, Christmas Eve, and the Children’s Worship Service in June. The Youth Bell Choir rehearses on Sundays at noon from October through May. Children and youth from 3rd to 12th grade are invited to learn and practice musical skills, and form new friendships through music. Those interested in participating in the choir are invited to contact Simona through the office.
The FPCY Concert Series was first offered in the Winter of 2001 as a musical outreach to the community, to provide high quality musical concerts for minimal cost. Concerts are held in the sanctuary of our 1840 building, which provides an intimate setting, placing each audience member near the performers. Now in its 15th season, the Concert Series is organized and facilitated by the Concert Series Task force under the auspices of the Worship Commission, and produces four to six concerts each year featuring professional musicians as well as the FPCY choirs and soloists. The Concert Series is appreciated for its variety of musical styles, from classical to Broadway, jazz to gospel, as well as popular works such as Messiah, and premieres of contemporary compositions.
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The 2017-2018 Concert Series:
Saturday, October 21, 7:30 pm: An Evening’s Masquerade. A diverse program, geared to both adults and children, from Mozart to Lloyd Webber. Featuring Juilliard musicians Vasko Dukovski, clarinet, Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin, and Chieh-Fan Yiu, viola.
Saturday, December 9, 7:30 pm. Gerad Carelli and his quartet. This year’s performance will have a Christmas theme.
Saturday, March 17, 7:30 pm. Songs of the Heart and the Wanderer.
A reception to meet the artists follows each concert. Please give what you can: Suggested donation is $20.
The First Presbyterian Concert Series is supported by the generous donations of people like YOU! You too, can be a Concert Series Patron by making a gift of $50.00 or more to the 20156-2017 Concert Series either by check or payment through online giving.