Chancel choir



The Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church is a group of singers that provides music for Sunday morning services throughout the year.  In addition to singing hymns with the congregation during the services, the group performs a significant piece of music for each Sunday service and provides choral responses during the service.  If you enjoy singing, we encourage you to join the choir.  If you enjoy listening, we hope to see you at services and special concerts.  The choir seeks those who are accomplished singers and who would like to contribute to the musical life of the church.  Please submit a choir registration form, available from Linda Raney.

Program for Fall, Winter, and Spring

Every year the choir prepares a special piece for presentation throughout a particular Sunday service.  For All Saints’ Day, 2016, Requiem by our own Linda Rice Beck was presented at both the 8:30 and 11:00 Sunday services.

The anthems sung for Sunday services are associated with the liturgical season and are an important part of the service.

Summer Program

Our church is fortunate to participate in The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program that provides churches in Santa Fe with singers for their Sunday services during the summer.  These young singers share their extraordinary talents with the congregation and are always welcome by the congregation.

Choir Rehearsal Schedule

The choir has a robust rehearsal schedule that includes weekly Tutti rehearsals on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.  Sectional rehearsals are held in the Music Room for tenors and basses on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and for sopranos and altos on Sundays from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Occasionally there are special rehearsals on Saturday mornings.

Sanctuary Practice Schedule

Our sanctuary and organ are scheduled in advance for practice sessions.  Please contact Linda Raney to schedule practice time.

Anthem Schedule for 2017 (Winter/Spring). All times are Sunday at 11:00, except where noted.
DateService Time
(other than 11:00)
Seasonal DayAnthem and Composer
1Christmas 2O Redeemer-Praetorius
8Baptism of ChristAlleluia Sing to Jesus- Schneider
13TGIF 5:30 pmRequiem- Linda Beck
15How Lovely- Beatty
22Precious Lord-Servier
29Arise my Love-Beatty
5Set Me As A Seal-Clausen
12Like as the Hart- Howells
19The Lord's Prayer-Mathias
26Now There Lightens Upon Us-Leo Sowerby
5Lent 1Just as I Am-Steward
12Lent 2Peccantem me quotidie-Morales, p. 27
19Lent 3Pilgrim's Hymn-Paulus
26Lent 4Crux Fidelis-Beatty
2Lent 5Agnus Dei-Thomas Morley, p. 33
910:00 amPalm SundayPueri Hebraeorum- Victoria, p. 94
135:30 pmMaundy ThursdayWere You There?-Bob Chilcott
14TGIF 5:30 pmGood FridayA Service of Darkness by Dale Wood
168:30 & 11:00Easter SundayChrist the Lord is Risen again-John Rutter, p. 194
23Easter 2Most Glorious Lord of Life-William Harris, p. 182
30Easter 3For the Beauty of the Earth-John Rutter
7Easter 4Come Risen Lord-Leo Nestor
14Easter 5Ave Maria by Franz Biebl
21Easter 6Alleluia Christus surrexit-Felice Anerio, p.156
28Easter 7The Lord is My Shepherd-John Rutter
2TGIF 5:30 pmFive Mystical Songs Vaughan Williams
4PentecostVeni Sancte Spiritu-Anthony Bernarducci