Choristers at First United Methodist Church receive an outstanding musical and spiritual education, combined with a focus on developing life skills through a caring, team-oriented environment. Choristers also share the privilege and responsibility of leading God's people through worship.
Choristers receive instruction in the following areas:
Using the voice well
Musical skills and understanding
Using the hymnal
Understanding and learning of the Church's liturgy and architecture
Teamwork and Social Etiquette
In addition to regular weekly rehearsals, choristers may also participate in regular Royal School of Church Music training courses. More information about the RSCM courses, including this excellent video from RSCM America, may be found here.
TheBell Choir (Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:00pm) is for experienced bell ringers who enjoy playing 4-octave repertoire. Music reading skills is essential.
The Chancel Choir (Wednesdays 7:00pm-9:00pm): This choir sings every Sunday throughout the year at the eleven o’clock service. The choir is comprised of volunteer and choral scholar section leaders, many of whom come from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Repertoire includes music spanning five centuries, including recent offerings of major choral works by Brahms, Chilcott, Duruflé, Fauré, Ola Gjeilo, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Rutter. In addition to regular choral offerings throughout the year, this choir enjoys multiple social and travel opportunities. In recent years, they have been a guest choir for the Washington National Cathedral and Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. In August 2018, the choir will serve as a guest choir for Chicago's St. James Cathedral.