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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Organ Console Takes Shape

View exciting progress related to the four-manual organ console being constructed by the skilled craftsmen at R. A. Colby of Johnson City, Tennessee.  Photos can be accessed via Facebook.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Memories of FCC's Music Ministry (Part II) - James and Tammy Royle

James and Tammy Royle share memories of their involvement in the sacred music ministries at First Congregational Church. Recollections of the 1970s fire, pageants, and chorister direction fill the three-part video interview filmed and edited by Jim Hargett.

Friday, April 12, 2013

First Congregational Church Receives Commissioned Composition “Invocation” By Bernard Wayne Sanders, Renowned Composer

Nicholas Schmelter, Director of Music Ministries at First Congregational Church, Saginaw, Michigan, announces the receipt of a commissioned composition written by composer Bernard Wayne Sanders.  Scored for brass quintet, tympani, and organ, “Invocation” is penned for the rededication of the congregation’s 1928 organ built by Ernest M. Skinner.  The composition is 8’30” in duration. 

Bernard Wayne Sanders (b. 1957) is a native of De Pere, Wisconsin, where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree at St. Norbert College in 1979.  Graduate study in composition and organ at Wichita State University led to the MA degree in 1983.  Postgraduate study in Germany culminated in a further degree in organ performance form the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg in 1989.  He has also completed examinations for church music in Hamburg and Cologne.  Sanders’ activities as a composer have been recognized in competitions and through representation in American and German publishing houses.  Since 1974, he has been active as a church musician in Tuttlingen, Germany and as a diocesan liaison and official organ consultant (Baden-Wurttemberg).

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Chancel Choir Mourns the Passing of Ruth Helen Enszer

Ruth Helen Enszer, longtime Chancel Choir member and Friend of Music, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital.  The daughter of the late Byrnolf and Helen (Raitinen) Kero, she was born May 5, 1943, in Detroit, Michigan. Ruth was a graduate of Cody High School, Detroit, and received her BS in Nursing from the University of Michigan.   She married Robert M. Enszer on August 12, 1967.  

Her nursing career included employment at Wayne County Hospital, Detroit; Sparrow Hospital, Lansing; Sinai Hospital, Detroit; Saginaw General Hospital, Saginaw; and, St. Mary's Hospital, Saginaw, where she retired with over twenty-five years of service. She was active with the Tuesday Musicale that she served as president and past president.  She was currently program director.   She was a member of First Congregational Church.

 In addition to her husband, Robert, Ruth is survived by two daughters, Julie R. Enszer (spouse, Kim Sherrill), University Park, Maryland, and Greta Enszer, Santa Monica, California; two brothers, Melvin (spouse, Rita Kero), Willis, Michigan, and Dennis Kero, Pelkie, Michigan; her mother-in-law, Evelyn A. Enszer, Saginaw, Michigan; a sister-in-law, Chris Enszer, Saginaw, Michigan; a brother-in-law, Gerald Enszer (spouse, Sallie Enszer), Saginaw, Michigan; and, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Lara.