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.

Autumn/Winter 2018 Chancel Choir Anthem Schedule

DateTime Other
than 11am
Seasonal DayAnthemComposer
9With a Voice of SingingMartin Shaw
16How Lovely is Your DwellingDavid W. Beatty
23Psalm 150Ernani Agular
30Thou, O JehovahAaron Copland
7O Sacrum ConviviumLinda Rice Beck
14Psalm 23Bobby McFerrin
21Prayer of Saint FrancisRené Clausen
28Zion’s WallsAaron Copland
48:30am & 11amAll SaintsRequiemMaurice Duruflé
11Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternalarr. Alice Parker
18Many Gifts, One SpiritAllen Pote
25Christ the KingAll Good GiftsSteven Rickards
2Advent 1E’en So Lord JesusPaul Manz
9Advent 2Pervasive, Never-absent OneJoel Martinson
16Advent 3For a Vision of the WorldCarl J. Nygard
238:30am & 11amAdvent 4: Lessons and CarolsGloriaFrancis Poulenc
248:00pmChristmas EveO Magnum Mysterium
Scots Nativity
Francis Poulenc
Alan Bullard
30One Service 11amChristmas 1Put Memory AwayBob Chilcott

Winter/Spring 2019 Chancel Choir Anthem Schedule

DateTime Other Than 11amSeason DayAnthemComposer
6EpiphanyThe Three Kings by Healy WillanHealy Willan
11TGIF 5:30pmRequiem by Maurice DurufleMaurice Duruflé
13Baptism of ChristSicut cervus desiderat by Giovanni Pierlugi da PalestrinaGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
20Precious Lord by Arnold ServierArnold Servier
27Come, Let Us Sing a Song of Joy by Giovanni GabrieliGiovanni Gabrieli
3Esto les Digo by Kinley LangeKinl
10Blow ye the Trumpet by Henry PurcellHenry Purcell
17In Music God is Glorified by Lloyd PfautschLloyd Pfautsch
24The Lord’s Prayer-MathiasPrayer-Mathias
3TransfigurationO Lux BeatissimaHoward Helvey
6Ash WednesdayI have longed for Thy Saving HealthWilliam Byrd
10Lent 1Gentle Wordsarr. Wayland Rogers
17Lent 2Like as the HartHerbert Howells
24Lent 3Pilgrim’s HymnStephen Paulus
31Lent 4The Lord is My ShepherdJohn Rutter
7Lent 5What Wondrous LoveDavid Edmonds
14Palm SundayCrux FidelisDavid W. Beatty
18Maundy ThursdayWere You There?Bob Chilcott
19TGIF 5:30pmGood FridayRequiemLuigi Cherubini
218:30am & 11amEasterAlleluiaRandall Thompson
Christ is Risen!Jan Sanborn
28Easter 2A New CommandmentThomas Tallis
5Easter 3Come Risen LordLeo Nestor
12Easter 4Ave MariaFranz Biebl
19Easter 5Lead, Kindly LightHoward Helvey
26Easter 6Arise my LoveDavid W. Beatty
31TGIF 5:30pmTeresa MassFranz Joseph Haydn
2Easter 7The Call of WisdomWill Todd
9PentecostVeni Sancte SpirituAnthony Bernarducci

Sanctuary Practice Schedule

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