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403 South Jefferson Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ATOS: Member of the Year, Kenneth and Harriet Wuepper

Congratulations to Kenneth and Harriet Wuepper, Friends of Music and members of First Congregational Church, on receiving the ATOS honor Member of the Year.  The designation was conferred at the national convention of the American Theatre Organ Society in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 4-9.  The photo is courtesy of Jon Best.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Photos Capture May 18 Dedication Moments

The following photographs, courtesy of Kenneth Wuepper, capture the excitement of the May 18 service of dedication.

Blair Konn performs variations on the melody "Liebster Jesu" as the final prelude selection.

Dr. Steven Egler, Artist in Residence, accompanies the trebles of the festival choir in a selection by George Dyson.

Members of the chorus surround the congregation for the singing of "All Creatures of Our God and King."

Poet Marion Tincknell recites "Organ Reborn" as Nicholas Schmelter improvises.  The fifty-voice choir listens from the chancel area.

Schmelter performs a postlude by Mulet.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Choral Scholars - Appreciation

Scholars Dayna Edwards and Sarah Fogg, students at Saginaw Valley State University, pose following worship on May 25, 2014.  The Chancel Choir is grateful for the musicianship, enthusiasm, and presence of these fine women.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Memorial Music Library

First Congregational Church's music department is eager to acquire new choral music during the summer months.
To offset the purchase price, please consider purchasing one of the titles listed below in memory of a departed family member or in celebration of a special honoree. Please contact Nicholas Schmelter for more information about the compositions or cost.
“Great Day” (Moses Hogan)
“Breathe on Me, Breathe of God”(Philip Wilby)
“Teach Me, My God and King” (David Halls)
“None Other Lamb” (Will Todd)
“O Gracious Light” (Gerald Near)
“Anthems” (Bob Chilcott)
“I Was Glad” (David Hurd)
“God Be in My Head” (Andrew Carter)
“The King of Love My Shepherd Is" (Edward Bairstow)“O Be Joyful in the Lord” (Eleanor Daley)
“My Song Shall Be Always of the Loving-kindness” (Godfrey Sampson)
“No. 3. Nearer, My God, to Thee”(John Gardner)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"Backstage Explorer" Interview Highlights Skinner Project

Listen to a “Backstage Explorer” radio interview concerning the Skinner project on Thursday, May 15, at 1:00 p.m.  Rod Bieber welcomes Nicholas Schmelter to 90.1 (Delta Broadcasting).

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Organ Dedicated to the Glory of God, May 18

The renovated Skinner organ will be dedicated to the glory of God on May 18.

First Congregational Church of Saginaw, 403 South Jefferson, invites the public to the formal dedication of the restored and rebuilt instrument taking place on Sunday, May 18, 4:00 p.m.

The event will include the singing of beloved hymns, recitation of prayers, presentation of choral anthems, and performance of organ solos.  First Congregational Church’s Chancel Choir will join with the choral ensemble Exultate Deo, founded by Robert Sabourin, and guest singers from the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Dr. Steven Egler, the congregation’s Artist in Residence, will preside at the console. “Organ Reborn” by Marion Tincknell will be read with improvisations performed by Nicholas Schmelter, Minister of Music.

A reception will follow in the Bradley House.

The photo below is of the Echo division's casework designed to blend with the architecture of the west facade.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Photos Document May 9 Recital

The following photos, courtesy of Kenneth Wuepper, document First Congregational Church's May 9 dedicatory organ recital performed by Frederick Swann.

Nicholas Schmelter (Direcor of Music) and Jon Best (Chairman, Organ Commitee) greet Mr. Swann at MBS.

Dr. Steven Egler (Artist and Residence) and Mr. Swann prepare for an interview held in First Congregational Church's Memorial Room.

The chapel, outfitted with projection screen and audio, is prepared as an overflow space.

Guests fill the north pews.

This image of the full sanctuary captures the enclosed Echo division.  A spotlight shines on the new casework.

Mr. Swann performs the dedicatory recital.  The floral arrangement was presented by Dr. Carl Angelo, former Minister of Music of First Congregational Church.