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

Summer Music Camp

“A Musical Journey through the Old Testament”

The camp will be July 24-26 for three days from 9 a.m. until noon. The camp will be for children ages 3 through grade 3. The deadline for registering for this event has passed. Please contact Dr. Marcia Mervin (marcia@firstprez.com) for more information.

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.

Oct
22
Sun
Canticle Ringers @ Handbell Room
Oct 22 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

 

Grade 5 through Adult. This is a group for ringers of all ability levels who want to experience the joy of ringing handbells for worship. They prepare handbell processionals, hymn descants and bell repertoire to participate regularly in Worship Services and other programs

 

Women’s and High School Girls’ Ensemble @ Music Suite (Choir Room)
Oct 22 @ 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.

Oct
23
Mon
Revelation Ringers @ Handbell Room 107
Oct 23 @ 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.

 

Oct
25
Wed
Celebration Choir rehearsal @ Music Suite/Choir Room
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Oct
29
Sun
Music Workshop @ Elizabethtown... checking on location
Oct 29 all-day

The Rev. Eduardo Moreno will lead a hands-on session on music in Christian worship on October 29th. He will explore many different genres of music used around the world. Bring your instruments and/or come prepared to sing! This workshop is free but pre-registration is helpful… call 910-863-8200 to register. All Presbyterians are invited. Note: Workshop is probably in Elizabethtown.

Canticle Ringers @ Handbell Room
Oct 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

 

Grade 5 through Adult. This is a group for ringers of all ability levels who want to experience the joy of ringing handbells for worship. They prepare handbell processionals, hymn descants and bell repertoire to participate regularly in Worship Services and other programs

 

Women’s and High School Girls’ Ensemble @ Music Suite (Choir Room)
Oct 29 @ 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.

Oct
30
Mon
Revelation Ringers @ Handbell Room 107
Oct 30 @ 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.

 

Nov
1
Wed
Celebration Choir rehearsal @ Music Suite/Choir Room
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Nov
5
Sun
Canticle Ringers @ Handbell Room
Nov 5 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

 

Grade 5 through Adult. This is a group for ringers of all ability levels who want to experience the joy of ringing handbells for worship. They prepare handbell processionals, hymn descants and bell repertoire to participate regularly in Worship Services and other programs

 

 

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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