Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Dr. Page Long, FAGO, First Congregational Church’s long-tenured (1965-1998) and beloved director of music ministries, recently sent his organ album “Three Toccatas on Famous Hymn Tunes for Organ” to Nicholas Schmelter as a useful musical gift. Expect to hear these compositions enliven worship in future months.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
On April 3, the Saginaw Brass Quintet (formerly the FCC Brass) will perform a concert at historic First Congregational Church in downtown Saginaw that is free and open to the public. The program, highlighting American music from the 1700s to present, will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary. Founded in 2006, the Saginaw Brass Quintet models its musical efforts after the professional quintets Axiom Brass, Spectrum Brass Quintet, and The Canadian Brass. The Saginaw Brass Quintet has performed an eclectic repertoire of sacred and secular arrangements in public venues and churches in the region. Staff members Don Belcher, Chris Harris, Bill Howard, Keith Kidder, and Bill Ostler have received a supportive following in the Saginaw Valley. There will not be an admission charge for the concert, but shared free-will donations will support the overhaul First Congregational Church’s historic sanctuary pipe organ, which is in need of repair. An organ composition by Richard Purvis will be included among the concerts music and played by First Congregational Church’s Director of Music Ministries, Nicholas Schmelter.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Are you interested in becoming a "Friend of Music” at First Congregational Church? Are you interested in supporting the musical happenings and outreach of First Congregational Church? Many members of the group are directly or indirectly involved in any one of the church's vocal or instrumental ensembles; members are music enthusiasts from the congregation or community at large; members are pipe organ aficionados, enjoyers of piano and harpsichord music, and encouragers of music on Saginaw’s east side. A friend of this group is someone like you! Contact the Director of Music Ministries, Nicholas Schmelter, if you are interested in becoming a Friend of Music.
Dr. Eric Nisula, Professor of Music, Saginaw Valley State University, offers his appreciation-gratitude to First Congregational Church for helping the university’s choirs raise funds. Free-will offering monies received on February 27 will benefit the students’ future efforts.
Saginaw’s New Reformation Band is connected in a special way to First Congregational Church. The classic jazz band, featuring the Oppermann brothers, will enrich the 10:30 a.m. worship experience here on Sunday, June 5. Following the service there will be a special “homecoming” in Bradley House. What an opportunity for a revival! What an opportunity to celebrate eclecticism in the musical arts! What a unique way to offer worship! If you or another “Friends of Music” is able to help underwrite the project cost, please contact the Director of Music Ministries, Nicholas Schmelter, who is pleased to receive your contribution and see that it is properly designated. You will be recognized as a Friend of Music patron.
to Helen Fry. Helen Fry [soprano] sang the solo part in Leo Sowerby’s 1920 choral composition “I Will Lift Up My Eyes” on the Second Sunday of Lent, March 20. In addition, she collaborated with the members of the Crusader Xylophones in “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian” that was arranged by Beverly Westervelt.
to Tammy Royle and Beverly Westervelt. The Carol Choir and Crusader Xylophones have been capably led by Mrs. Tammy Royle and Ms. Beverly Westervelt this program year.
Carol Choir members were given choir trophies during morning worship last Sunday, March 20, for their stewardship of talent and years of service: Grace Polzin and Maxwell Royle (one year); Ryenne Beird (two years); Ben Freigang, Chloe Gequillana, and Emily Gequillana (three years). Members of the Crusader Xylophones were honored later in the service: Hannah Billmeier (one year); W. Tucker Beird (two years); Kara Freigang (six years); Andrew Freigang (eight years).