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, when appropriate.  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.

Fall, Winter, and Spring Schedule

The choir sings at Sunday services from September through early June.  Anthems sung for Sunday services are associated with the liturgical season and are an important part of the service.  Every year the choir prepares a special piece for presentation on the Sunday celebrating All Saints’ Day; in 2017 it will be John Rutter’s Requiem.  The choir also presents special music on appropriate seasonal days during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter, as well as performing on the TGIF Concert Series.

Choir Rehearsal Schedule

The choir has a robust weekly rehearsal schedule.  The rehearsal schedule for the 2017-2018 year is:

Soprano and Alto sectionals: Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 (beginning September 5)
Tenor and Bass sectionals:  Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 and Thursdays 5:00-6:00 (beginning September 6 and 7, respectively)
Choir rehearsal:  Thursdays 6:00-8:00 (beginning September 7)
Sunday pre-service warmup and rehearsal:  10:30-10:55 (beginning September 10)

Sectionals are held in the Music Room, and tutti rehearsals are held in the sanctuary.  Additional rehearsals are scheduled on Saturdays from time to time when preparing for special services or concerts.

Summer Schedule

Sectional rehearsals are held during a portion of the summer preparing music for the next choir year.  This summer’s rehearsal schedule runs from July 12 through August 13.  Tenors and basses will meet on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15, and sopranos and altos will meet on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30.

Summer Sundays Music

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.

Winter/Spring 2018 Chancel Choir Anthem Schedule

DateTime Other than 11 amSeasonal DayAnthemComposer 
21Psalm 139Linda Rice Beck
28Psalm 84David W. Beatty
4Like as the HartHerbert Howells
11AlleluiaRandall Thompson
Dominus Vobiscum
(Desert Chorale)
Sydney Guillaume
181st Sunday LentWrite your Blessed Name, O Lord, Upon My HeartDale Grotenhuis
252nd Sunday LentSurely He Hath Borne Our GriefsKarl Heinrich Graun
43rd Sunday LentI Will Receive the Cup of SalvationGerald Near
114th Sunday LentGod So Loved the WorldJohn Stainer
185th Sunday LentStill, Still with TheeFred Gramann
25Palm SundayBlessed is He
Travis Bregier, Baritone
Michael Head
296:00 pmMaundy ThursdayWere You ThereJohn Bertalot
30TGIF: 5:30 pmGood FridayLo, the Full Final Sacrifice
Take Up Your Cross/ When Jesus Wept
Crux Fidelis
Gerald Finzi
J. S. Bach
David W. Beatty
David W. Beatty
18:30 am
11:00 am
EasterThat Eastertide with Joy was BrightHoward Helvey
8Salvation is CreatedPaul Tschesnokov
15Angelus Autem Domini DescenditFelice Anerio
22Psalm 23Linda Rice Beck
29Christ Hath a GardenEleanor Daley
6Thee We AdoreT. Frederick H. Candlyn
13Thy ArisingBob Chilcott
20PentecostCreator Spirit, Heavenly DoveRobert Powell
27Trinity SundayA PrayerGabriel Faure
3I Will Lift Up My Eyes
Travis Bregier, Baritone
Leo Sowerby
8TGIF: 5:30 pmKettledrum Mass (Paukenmesse)Franz Joseph Haydn
10Agnus Dei from Kettledrum MassFranz Joseph Haydn
Special Sunday
July 2911:00 amChancel Choir Ask Sunday

Sanctuary Practice Schedule

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