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 2017 Chancel Choir Schedule

All Sunday Services are at 11:00 am, except where noted.
(other than 11am)
Seasonal DayAnthemComposer
10Ave VerumW.A. Mozart
17With One VoiceMark Singleton
24This We KnowDavid Brunner
1O Sacrum ConviviumLinda Beck
9:00 am to Noon
Chancel Choir Retreat
8The Gift to Be SimpleBob Chilcott
15Salvation is CreatedPavel Tschesnokoff
22You are the PeaceAlan Smith
29Ubi caritasGuy Forbes
58:30 am
11:00 am
All Saints' DayRequiem 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7John Rutter
12A New CommandmentThomas Tallis
19Sicut CervusGiovanni Palestrina
26Christ the KingKing of GloryThomas Bell
3Advent 1Lift Up your HeadsAndreas Hammerschmidt
10Advent 2Thou Shalt Know HimMark Sirett
178:30 am
11:00 am
Advent 3
Lessons and Carols
MagnificatGerald Finzi
2411:00 amAdvent 4tbatba
2410:00 pmChristmas EveO Magnum MysteriumMorten Lauridsen
31Christmas 1Away in a MangerBob Chilcott
2018 Special Sundays
April 18:30 am
11:00 am
July 2911:00 amChancel Choir
Ask Sunday
Concerts in 2018
January 12Friday, 5:30TGIFRequiemJohn Rutter
March 30Friday, 5:30TGIF
Good Friday
Passion According to St. Luke Heinrich Schütz
June 8Friday 5:30TGIFKettledrum Mass
Franz Joseph Haydn

Sanctuary Practice Schedule

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