Music Ministry

FOR INFORMATION on the organs and pianos – the Sanctuary and Chapel instruments – please click here

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 The Chapel Choir     The Canticle Handbell Choir The church orchestra

Queens of the Organ

“An Advent Organ Duet Concert” featuring Dr. Marcia Heirman Mervin and Dr. Monica Wood Sparzak.

The December 3, 2017, performance is available by clicking here.

 


Celebration Choir Members Travel to Carnegie Hall for Premiere

Fifteen members of the Celebration Choir and nine church members travelled to the New York City premiere of Dan Forrest’s newest large work, “Jubilate Deo,” on March 20, 2017, in Carnegie Hall. The singers joined 170 other voices from around the United States in a mass choir assembled by Manhattan Concert Productions. As part of the Masterworks Series, the Celebration Choir submitted the recording of last year’s “Requiem for the Living,” also by Dan Forrest, for its audition piece. Henry Leck, director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, commissioned this work and he will be the mass choir conductor. The Indianapolis Children’s Choir will also be singing parts of the piece.
The choir members returned to Fayetteville and performed “Jubilate Deo” in the Sanctuary on April 2nd. To listen to that performance, click here.

“Requiem” Performance

The inspired “Requiem for the Living” from March 15, 2015, is now an audio recording prepared by Don Perkins. It has been paired with photos from Michael Ruff and the result is now on YouTube.  You can find the worship music by searching for Requiem for the Living Dan Forrest First Presbyterian.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK1oPJMVIwM.

Dr. Marcia Heirman Mervin, director of Music Ministry/organist

Rally-2014-038Dr. Heirman Mervin  earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance: Liturgical, Church and Synagogue Music (2008) and a Masters of Music in Church Music: Church Music/Organ (2006) from the University of Michigan. During graduate school she was inducted in Pi Kappa Lambda, national music honors society.  Initially following a ministry call with intentions to attend seminary, she earned a BA in Philosophy/Religion and Music at Spring Arbor University.  She began studying piano at age 4 and switched to organ with Dr. Roberta Bitgood in Battle Creek, Mi, National AGO President and composer at age 12.  She has served churches as principal organist from age 15 in Michigan, Georgia, Oregon, Pennsylvania and The Netherlands.  She has three young adult children living in Scotland, Michigan and North Carolina, who are all dual citizens with The Netherlands, and she is fluent in Dutch.  She has played many of the great organs in The Netherlands and Germany.

To dowload and read a copy of the latest Music Ministry brochure, click here.

Dec
13
Wed
Millennial Ringers @ Handbell Room
Dec 13 @ 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm

New group of ringers will perform in December.

Celebration Choir rehearsal @ Music Suite/Choir Room
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Children’s Christmas Musical @ The Sanctuary
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

The children of the church present the congregation with their annual Christmas show. No Wednesday Together classes will be held today. Details of the musical attraction will be coming soon.

Dec
16
Sat
Cumberland Oratorio Singers @ First Baptist Church
Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Cumberland Oratorio Singers present “We Sing to Remember,” a presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” (part of the First and hallelujah Chorus). Tickets are $27 at the door.
Dec
18
Mon
Revelation Ringers @ Handbell Room 107
Dec 18 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

 

This is a group of handbell ringers who want more! These ringers will explore the art of ensemble handbell ringing. (Ensemble ringing requires fewer ringers than a regular handbell choir.) They will ring for Sunday Worship and other programs. Music reading ability and prior handbell experience is required.

 

Dec
20
Wed
Millennial Ringers @ Handbell Room
Dec 20 @ 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm

New group of ringers will perform in December.

Jan
7
Sun
Women’s and High School Girls’ Ensemble @ Music Suite (Choir Room)
Jan 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

All women and high school girls are invited to join the SSA ensemble, which will lead worship once a month from October through April. Under the direction of Dr. Marcia Heirman Mervin.

Jan
14
Sun
Women’s and High School Girls’ Ensemble @ Music Suite (Choir Room)
Jan 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

All women and high school girls are invited to join the SSA ensemble, which will lead worship once a month from October through April. Under the direction of Dr. Marcia Heirman Mervin.

Jan
21
Sun
Women’s and High School Girls’ Ensemble @ Music Suite (Choir Room)
Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

All women and high school girls are invited to join the SSA ensemble, which will lead worship once a month from October through April. Under the direction of Dr. Marcia Heirman Mervin.

Jan
28
Sun
Women’s and High School Girls’ Ensemble @ Music Suite (Choir Room)
Jan 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

All women and high school girls are invited to join the SSA ensemble, which will lead worship once a month from October through April. Under the direction of Dr. Marcia Heirman Mervin.

 

WE WELCOME you to become a part of this great church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. If you are new to this community, or you do not have a church home, the doors of First Presbyterian Church are open. If you would like to have one of our pastors or staff people contact you concerning membership, you may call the church office (483-0121).

First Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 569 (102 Ann St.), Fayetteville, NC, 28302

Phone: 910-483-0121, Fax: 910-483-3975
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