Festivals & Tours

In early 2016, under the direction of our new Music Director, Mark Pace, this section will be updated.

Below are some of the programs and events that were done in past years.

Rossini Festival

RossiniSpring in Knoxville is highlighted by this country’s only Rossini Music Festival. The festivities, food, musical concerts, and the downtown street fair filled with tens of thousands of pedestrians create an atmosphere full of color and pageantry. Since its inception in 2002 the Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian has received an invitation to sing as part of the annual Knoxville Opera Company’s Rossini Festival. Over the past twelve years the church has opened its doors to both members of our congregation and numerous visitors who hear our musical proclamation.
Past works presented for the festival are listed below:

  • 2013:  Cantata #4-Christ lag in Todesbanden-Bach; Zadok the Priest-Handel;
    Rejoice in the Lord, Alway-Purcell
  • 2012:  Chandos Anthem No. 9, O Praise the Lord with One Consent-G. F. Handel
  • 2011:  Requiem in d minor-Mozart  (Süssmayr)
  • 2010: Mass No. 9 in C (Paukenmesse)-Haydn
  • 2009: Messiah, Part III-Handel
  • 2008: Harmoniemesse-Haydn
  • Rossini Festival2007: Petite Messe Solennelle-Rossini (selected portions)
  • 2006: Requiem in d minor-Mozart (Süssmayr)
  • 2005: The Creation-Haydn (selected portions)
  • 2004: Mass in d minor (Lord Nelson Mass)-Haydn
  • 2003: Vesperae Solennes de Confessore-Mozart
  • 2002: Stabat Mater-Rossini (selected portions)

RSCM Summer Courses

Since 2007 our church has participated in one of the summer Choral Courses sponsored by RSCM America(Royal School of Church-Westminster Choir College).  Past directors of the courses have included:  James Litton, Director Emeritus of the American Boychoir School; Bruce Neswick, Canon Munsician of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York; Malcolm Archer, Choirmaster of Winchester Cathedral (UK); and Barry Rose, former director of St. Paul’s, London and the BBC Radio 3 choral programs.  Children, youth, and adults, ages 10 and up, are challenged with sacred music of the highest level.  The week-long course concludes with singing a musical service and an Evensong service at the end of the week.

Knoxville Treble Choral Festival

The first annual treble choral festival was held at Church Street United Methodist Church in February 2014 with our upper elementary treble choristers participating in this event.  Guest conductor was Mr. Bruce Neswick, Associate Professor of Organ and Church Music at Indiana University, formerly Canon Musician at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC.  The program included eleven anthems ranging from Mendelssohn’s, Hear My Prayer, to a modern day setting of Psalm 23 by Bryan Kelly, A Caribbean Psalm.

Treble Festival Choristers 2014a