First Baptist Greenville Choirs and Rehearsal Times
Children’s choirs and Mission Friends share a time slot as a part of Wednesdays at First activities from 5:30-6:15 p.m.
The Angel Choir The Angel Choir is directed by Pam Jones and meets in B-207. This choir is designed for three-year-old children. This choir shares a time slot with the three-year-old Mission Friends as a part of the Wednesdays at First activities from 5:30-6:15 p.m. They will be introduced to the joys of music through singing, playing instruments and using body movements. At 6:15 p.m. these children are cared for by Nursery staff until 7:00 p.m. when MidWeek Fellowship concludes.
The following choirs share Wednesdays at First time between 5:30-7:00 p.m. with missions programming. From the beginning of activities in the fall until Christmas, choir follows missions and meets from 6:15-7:00 p.m. Following Christmas until the Year-end Celebration, choir is first and meets from 5:30-6:15 p.m.
The Archangel Choir is directed by Ellen Wilson and meets in A-306. This choir is designed for four-year-old children. These singers will experience activities in feeling pulse and rhythm, in using their voices in a variety of ways and in playing percussion instruments. The children will learn to worship God through music.
The Treble Choir is directed by Priscilla Harris and meets in E-332. This choir is designed for five-year-old children. They will be involved in activities that help them discover their “singing” voices and their abilities to feel a steady beat through the use of body movement and instruments.
The Melody Choir is directed by Karen Childers and meets in B-406. This choir is designed for children in first grade. These singers will continue to develop their musical skills through activities that strengthen their pitch and rhythmic accuracy. They will learn more about the way music and hymns are used to worship God.
The Harmony Choir is directed by Nancy Kirby and meets in B-407. This choir is designed for children in second and third grades. They will concentrate on their listening skills and learn to create a beautiful and accurate vocal tone. They will also have an opportunity to play a wide variety of instruments. They will learn about worship and the way we express our relationships with God and each other through singing.
The Junior Choir is directed by Jill Fuson and meets in B-403. This choir is designed for children in fourth and fifth grades. These singers will continue to develop the ability to use good singing skills. They will learn a variety of songs and hymns, play instrumental accompaniments and express their faith with polish, poise and understanding.
Middle School Youth Choir
This choir is directed by Jeanie Reed for youth in grades 6 through 8. The choir rehearses each Sunday from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This follows a time of Bible study and a snack supper, all of which begin at 5:00 p.m. on the Terrace Level of the AYMC. The Middle School Youth Choir performs several times throughout the year and frequently combines with the High School Youth Choir when singing in worship.
High School Youth Choir
This choir is directed by Jeanie Reed and open to teenagers in grades 9 through 12. The choir rehearses each Sunday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. A snack supper is provided on the Terrace Level of the AYMC following rehearsal, and the youth then have Bible study from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. In recent years, the choir has performed the musical “This Changes Everything” by Kyle Matthews, FBC’s minister of worship arts, and the musical Solid Rock Café, which was composed by Glen Adkins, former music minister.
This choir is currently under the direction of Vivian Hamilton and is accompanied by Charles Tompkins. This choir rehearses each Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., following MidWeek Fellowship. The choir sings and leads worship each Sunday and performs several major works with orchestra throughout the year. Recent performances include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Pergolesi’s Magnificat and René Clausen’s Memorial written in the aftermath of 9-11. The choir was selected to perform for the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ADCA) in March 2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Sanctuary Choir in years past has also performed with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. In the summer of 2004, the choir led in Sunday worship at the historic Riverside Church in New York City. The choir was selected to perform at the national ADCA convention in San Antonio, Texas, in March of 2001, and at the SouthernDivision of the ADCA in Orlando, Florida, in March 2000.