The FPC adult choir, under the direction of Patrick McCreless, has a broad repertoire of classical church music that spans the centuries to more contemporary Christian music including spirituals, global music, and folk songs.

The choir accompanies the congregation in hymn singing, and offers an Introit and an Offertory Anthem each week. A cantor chosen each week from the choir membership, leads the congregation in singing the psalm of the day. The choir meets on Wednesday evenings from 7 until 8:15 p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m., and new singers are always welcome.

There are also a Children’s Choir and a Youth Choir, who occasionally sing during the worship service. The children’s choir is for children ages 5 though 11. The Youth Choir for those who are 12 and older. Both choirs are under the direction of Beth Aura Miller. Ken Balakrishnan accompanies the choirs. The choirs rehearse on Sundays after worship.

Sing a new song to the Lord!

Date Posted: April 6th, 2014 — 4:14pm

We are purchasing the new Presbyterian Hymnal, Glory to God. Might you consider contributing a hymnal in honor, thanksgiving, or memory of someone? See the display tables in the Copeland Room and the Miller Gathering Hall. For more information, see Bruce Peabody.

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Pipes Pedals and Pizza

Date Posted: February 2nd, 2014 — 8:19am

On Saturday morning, February 8, First Presbyterian Church and our closest church neighbor, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, will join with the New Haven Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in an event called “Pipes, Pedals, and Pizzas.”

The purpose of the event is to interest young piano students in playing the organ. For all sorts of reasons, it is less common now than it was a few decades ago for middle school and high school students to be attracted to the organ, and to spend their last years of secondary school taking organ lessons and learning to play.

We and the AGO want to restore this tradition, so we’re working with the Neighborhood Music School and local piano teachers to invite pianists, aged 8-18, to come and get acquainted with the pipe organ.

We’ll start at St. Thomas, talking about their organ, explaining how it works, playing a bit, and then giving the students an opportunity to try the instrument out.

We’ll then walk down the street to FPCNH and do the same here. The morning will close with pizzas in the Owens Building.


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Glory to God: The New Presbyterian Hymnal – January 25

Date Posted: January 1st, 2014 — 9:20am

First Presbyterian Church of New Haven has been singing some of the hymns from the new hymnal for the past year.

We’ve delighted in learning new songs in worship each Sunday. The Yale Institute of Sacred Music will hold a morning workshop on Saturday, January 25th to introduce the new Presbyterian Hymnal, Glory to God, to the general public.

This will be a great opportunity to sing even more new hymns and to hear from the chair of the hymnal committee, Mel Bringle, about the process involved in creating this new hymnal.

The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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Music During Advent

Date Posted: November 28th, 2013 — 1:17pm

Music will again fill our sanctuary in the Advent and Christmas seasons. The choir will welcome the Advent season using the hymn “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending” as an Introit on December 1.

The anthems on the First (December 1) and Second Sundays of Advent will be Hal Hopson’s “Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes,” and Benjamin Britten’s “There Is No Rose of Such Virtue” from the Ceremony of Carols.

Again this year on the Third Sunday of Advent (December 15), the choir will present a selection of Advent and Christmas music during the sermon time of the morning worship service. We’ll go from Handel’s “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion” from the Messiah, to a Renaissance Marian motet, to a setting of William Blake’s “Little Lamb, Who Made Thee” (from the Songs of Innocence and Experience), to a jazzy “Mary, Where Is Your Baby,” to a selection of English carols, and more. For hundreds of years the Advent and Christmas seasons have brought the best out of composers. Come join us and hear seasonal music, old and new, and then celebrate at the annual Christmas dinner in the Owens Community Building.

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 22) the Youth Choir will sing . . . leading us to the Service of Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve (7:30 and 11:00). Music is at the center of the Advent and Christmas seasons, and we in the music program at First Presbyterian Church hope that our voices will enrich your experience of them.

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Youth Choir starts October 13

Date Posted: October 12th, 2013 — 2:30pm

It is time to sing! All school aged youth are invited to sing in the First Presbyterian Youth Choir.

Weekly rehearsals will begin on October 13 immediately after church service.

If you are interested in having a great time singing and having rewarding treats, please join Beth Aura Miller and Ken Balakrishnan in sharing your voices in song.

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