Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir of the Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church regularly practices the ancient tradition of singing praise to the glory of God. The Chancel Choir welcomes any adult who wishes to participate in the musical ministry of the church by singing.

The choir sings a wide variety of music throughout the year, ranging from the standard liturgical music of Bach to spirituals to modern choir arrangements and compositions. Most music is four part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Occasional women’s choir and men’s choir selections are also prepared throughout the year. The choir is accompanied by the church organist, Amy Shirk, on the Baroque pipe organ of the church, as well as by other instrumentalists who are willing to add their skills to the musical ministry of the church.

Worship Service

The choir is responsible for providing music that enhances the liturgy for each Sunday morning worship service. A typical Sunday morning for the choir involves fellowship time and a brief run-through of music approximately 25 minutes prior to the worship service. During the service, the choir is generally responsible for the introit, prayer response, anthem and benediction. The choir sings at both services – individual members may sing at either the early service, late service, or both if desired.

For special events in the church calendar, the choir prepares somewhat more demanding music. Past holiday seasons have included Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s Cantatas, Rutter’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Faure’s Requiem. This music is prepared well in advance under the leadership of directors Larry and Mary Ann Casey to allow all levels of singers to feel comfortable performing this excellent music.

Other Events

The choir has been involved in community choral events, including combined choir performances with Saint George’s Episcopal Church and the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church of Fredericksburg to benefit the Fredericksburg area Hospice.

The choir has also presented musical shows for the fellowship of the congregation outside of worship services. An example of this event was a Vaudeville show, complete with dancing, singing, a serenade of a father to his daughter, and, of course, what Vaudeville show is complete without a “bad cop” skit!

Rehearsals

Rehearsals for the Chancel Choir take place every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM in the choir room, which is located under the sanctuary. Talk to Larry or Mary Ann about singing with us, or feel free to come join us on Thursday evening!