In early 2016, under the direction of our new Music Director, Mark Pace,
this section will be updated.
Listen to music by our choirs:
Magnificat-Orlando di Lasso (Early Music Ensemble: Musica Sacra; Text from Luke 1:46-55)
Non nobis, Domine-William Byrd (Youth Trebles; Text-Not unto us O Lord, but to You be glory.)
Gloria from St. Nicholas Mass-Franz Josef Haydn (Chancel Choir; Text-Greater Gloria/Ordinary)
Gloria ad modum tubae-Guillame Dufay (Youth Trebles)
Funeral Ikos-John Tavener (text from the Greek Orthodox liturgy)
Sing Joyfully-William Byrd
The Chancel Choir (High School-Adult) leads in worship most Sundays, sings for seasonal worship services, sings in the various offerings of the Music at First Church Series, and participates annually in the Knoxville Opera Company’s Rossini Festival. Considered to be one of the most outstanding choirs in the region, the choir is comprised of both volunteers and professional musicians. Past invitations of distinction include singing for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and conferences and conventions of both the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Directors Association. To learn more click here.
The Covenant Choirs (K-grade 5) are divided according to age/gender and participate in Sunday morning worship with introits, choral responses, hymns and anthems at 8:45 and 11:00 several times during the school year. The choirs’ primary purpose is to equip and nurture children as both worshipers and worship leaders. Hymns and musical/liturgical responses for Sunday’s worship are a part of each rehearsal. Beginning in Grade 3, children are given the opportunity to receive a high level of training through the RSCM Voice for Life program, a multi-faceted curriculum emphasizing: how to use the voice (technique); developing musical skills and understanding (theory); learning/singing hymns, musical/liturgical responses, and anthems (worship); and emphasis on belonging and participating in the faith community (service). Recognition is awarded at the completion of a level by a ribbon and medallion. The choir year culminates in May in a service of Recognition.
The First Singers (Grade 6-Grade 8 ) lead in service music and special selections for worship throughout the year. Some of them serve as proctors for the Covenant Choirs and serve as cantors for our 11:00 worship service. The RSCM Voice for Life curriculum is a part of their choral training.
The Family Choir (Middle School-Adult) is the service choir for the annual Traditional Christmas Pageant. It is open to all persons who love to sing. Rehearsals are minimal and will be announced.
The Handbell Ensemble (Adult) rings monthly as a part of worship, rings for seasonal worship and community events, and participates annually in the Knox Area Handbell Festival. In past years our busy civic schedule has found us ringing for the Christmas in the City Celebration of Lights at Krutch Park, Knoxville’s First Night Celebration at Market Square and Gay Street on December 31, the 4th of July National Bellringing Ceremony at the World’s Fair Park, and the popular, local television program, Live at Five! To learn more click here.
The First Ringers (Grades 6-8) and the Covenant Handbell Choir(Grades 4-5) rehearse periodically as a part of the Worshipful Wednesdays program.