Every Wednesday, from 03/03/2021 to 03/24/2021, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Welcome to the First Community Youth Choirs
Rehearsals and performances have been postponed due to Covid. Join us on Zoom for monthly choir gatherings.
Check out the "It's Choir Time" link on the sidebar to view video music lessons lead by Sally Beske.
About the Choirs
All choirs are led by Sally Beske
In an emotionally safe environment, the Youth Choirs at First Community Church provide a loving community for children as they explore music literacy and vocal technique. Children in the choirs become active and confident participants in worship as they bring their song of praise and prayer to God.
Kindergartners, 1st and 2nd Graders - Cherub Choir
Wednesdays, 6 – 6:30 pm
Youth Choir Room, North
Membership in Cherub Choir is available to all children in Kindergarten through second grade. No audition or pre-registration required. The best times to join are in September or January, although all are welcome at anytime throughout the program year. The rehearsals for Cherub Choir focus on learning the beginning elements of music reading and vocal production.
Rehearsal Times and Performances
Cherub Choir meets on Wednesday evenings in the Youth Choir Room at North from September through May from 6 to 6:30 pm. We perform in worship every 4 to 6 weeks throughout the choir season. In December all K-5 choirs combine to present a Christmas musical.
3rd, 4th and 5th Graders - Junior Choir
Wednesdays, 6:30 -7pm
Youth Choir Room, North
Membership in the Junior Choir is available to all children in grades third through fifth. You may register your child when they arrive at their first rehearsal or pre-register online. The best times to join are in September or January, although all are welcome at anytime throughout the program year. The rehearsals for Junior Choir focus on basic music reading skills, vocal production (including posture and breathing), rhythm, pitch, and understanding the different elements of the worship liturgy. Children learn how a choir can take a leadership role during worship.
Rehearsal Times and Performances
Junior Choir meets on Wednesday evenings in the Youth Choir Room at North from September through May from 6:30 to 7 pm. We perform every 4 to 6 weeks throughout the choir season. Detailed rehearsal and performance schedules are given to parents at the first rehearsal in September, for September through December, and the first rehearsal in January, for January through May. In December all the youth choirs (K-12) combine to present a Christmas Musical during worship.
6-12 Graders - Youth Vocal Ensemble
Membership in the Vocal Ensemble is available to all youth in sixth through twelfth grade. No audition or pre-registration required. The best times to join are in September or January, although all are welcome at anytime throughout the program year. The Youth Vocal Ensemble focuses on choral technique and music literacy while building a supportive and emotionally safe community. We develop confidence in our presentation skills, part singing skills and learn to become leaders in worship.
It is very important that youth regularly attend rehearsals so that we can maintain a fast paced, energized excitement to our work. If youth are frequently missing, we will need to spend rehearsal time reviewing old material which will slow down our learning curve and make our performances less effective for the congregation. Let me know if you find that you will be unable to attend a rehearsal or a performance and please plan your schedule around our rehearsal time.
Youth Bell Choir 1 & 2
Wednesdays, 7 – 7:30 pm
Choir Room, North
Membership in Bell Choir 1 is available for children beginning in grade 3 who have not had bell choir experience. Enrollment is limited by the number of bells. Bell Choir. 2 is for youth who have had bell playing experience and includes middle school and high school youth. Enrollment is limited by the number of bells.
Youth Bell Choir Experience
Bell Choir 1(rehearsing 7 to 7:30pm) is for children/youth that are beginning to read music. Bell Choir 2 (rehearsing 7:30 to 8 pm) is made up of mostly middle school and high school students who have some music reading or bell playing experience. With challenging repertory, lively fellowship, and leadership roles in worship and Christmas musicals, Bell Choir youth are given opportunities that will help them define and discover their musical strengths in a safe supportive environment.
Rehearsal Times and Performance
Bell Choirs 1 & 2 perform at North worship services every 5 to 8 weeks during the school year. Detailed rehearsal and performance schedules are given out the first rehearsal in September, for September through December, and the first rehearsal in January, for January through May. In December, all the youth choirs (K-12) combine to present a Christmas Musical during worship.
In a vocal choir you sing the same notes as many other people. In a bell choir no one else plays the same notes as you do. If you are absent in a bell choir, notes of the song are missing. Bell choirs cannot perform without all of their members. When you join a bell choir you join a team of friends and musicians who are counting on you to be at the performance and at each rehearsal to learn your part.
Funding for the Youth Choirs
Funding for the Youth Choirs is provided by your family’s donation at the time that you register your child, congregational pledges to the general operating fund of the church and by gifts designated to the Youth Choirs. Most of our equipment has been provided for us by grants from First Community Foundation. Thank you for your family’s support.
Church office: 614 488.0681 ext 107
Email: Sally Beske