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 FPCH Music Plans During COVID

We are excited to welcome everyone back even though our format will be very different this year as we observe new safety measures. Watch your email closely for links to musical scores and recordings, which our vocal choirs will need to download to memorize their pieces. And if you have not yet registered your child for the program, please do so before our first rehearsal. It is imperative that every child be registered so we can ensure their safety. You may do so here: FPCH Music Program Registration.

music-ministry1 From Peter Leibensperger, Minister of Music: "Like everyone right now, Nancy Ruth and I have been having many conversations about what this year will look like. There are significant challenges to overcome with regards to singing and ringing. Group singing is considered dangerous at the moment, and standing shoulder to shoulder at a bell table is not advised. These conversations are ongoing, but we believe that we have a plan for our music program to function safely but with significant modifications. We’d like to take a moment to share what we are thinking with you, since many of our choir members are in the middle of registering for extra-curricular events and planning their fall schedules.

Vocal Choirs
The message from health officials is clear: group singing is an easy way to spread the virus and must be avoided right now. With this in mind, Nancy Ruth and I think that singing at home is more important than ever. Our goal this fall, then, will be to teach music right in the homes of our choir members via Zoom. All of our vocal choir rehearsals will be held via Zoom, and once everyone has memorized their part, we will ask choir members to record themselves performing individually, and these video performances will be edited into a virtual choir music video. This music video will then be shared with the congregation in Sunday morning worship.

Bell Choirs
Bell ringing, is actually a bit easier to accommodate. Instead of cloth gloves, we will wear disposable rubber ones. Instead of putting three people at a table, we will place two people on opposite ends of each table, spread out in the sanctuary. Finally, everyone will be required to wear a mask, and we will turn on the outdoor ventilation in the sanctuary. In this way, bell rehearsals will still be able to carry out their work, and when the way is clear, we intend to have our bell groups participate in worship in the fall.

Rehearsal Schedule

Since vocal choir rehearsals will be held at home and bell rehearsals will be held at the church, rehearsal times will be decreased to allow for transportation, sanitization, and set up. Below, please find the proposed rehearsal times for our choirs."

Children's Choirs


Group Name                              Rehearsal Day          Rehearsal Time,            Rehearsal Location
Chapel Choir                              Wednesday,                 3:45p–4:15p,                   via Zoom
Carol/Cherub Combined     Wednesday,                 4:30p–5:00p,                   via Zoom
Alleluia Bells                                Wednesday,                 4:45p–5:15p,                   Sanctuary


childrens-choirsCherub Choir (ages 4-5)

Our youngest vocal group, the Cherub Choir consists of children ages four and five. For more information, please contact Peter Leibensperger, Minister of Music.

Carol Choir (1st & 2nd grade)
The Carol Choir is a young vocal group for children in 1st and 2nd grade. For more information, please contact Peter Leibensperger, Minister of Music.

Chapel Choir (3rd - 6th grade)
One of our larger youth choirs, the Chapel Choir, consists of children in 3rd through 6th grade. For more information, please contact Peter Leibensperger, Minister of Music.

Alleluia Bells (4th - 6th grade)
The Alleluia Bells is our beginning bell group offered to children in 4th through 6th grade. If interested, please contact Peter Leibensperger, Minister of Music, prior to rehearsal due to limited enrollment.

Youth Choirs


Group Name                            Rehearsal Day          Rehearsal Time          Rehearsal Location
Whitechapel Bells                   Wednesday,                5:30p–6:00p,               Sanctuary
Thomas Sherrerd Choir       Wednesday,                6:30p–7:00p,               via Zoom
Kirk Ringers                                Wednesday,                7:30p–8:15p                Sanctuary

youth-choirsThomas Sherrerd Memorial Choir (7th - 12th grade)

Our most advanced youth vocal group, the Thomas Sherrerd Memorial Choir, consists of 7th through 12th grade students. For more information, please contact Peter Leibensperger, Minister of Music.

Whitechapel Bells (7th - 8th grade)
The Whitechapel Bells is our middle school bell group If interested, please contact Peter Leibensperger, Minister of Music, prior to rehearsal due to limited enrollment.

Kirk Ringers (9th - 12th grade)
The Kirk Ringers is our high school bell group. If interested, please contact Peter Leibensperger, Minister of Music, prior to rehearsal due to limited enrollment.

Adult Choirs


Group Name                            Rehearsal Day          Rehearsal Time          Rehearsal Location
Moore Bells                         Thursday,                 6:30p–7:15p,             Sanctuary
Chancel Choir                     Thursday,                7:30p–8:00p,               via Zoom

Adult-choirs

Chancel Choir
Our adult choir (college students and up), the Chancel Choir, participates in worship leadership on a regular basis.  For more information, please contact Peter Leibensperger, Minister of Music.

Moore Bells
Our adult bell group is the Moore Bells. If interested, please contact Peter Leibensperger, Minister of Music, prior to rehearsal due to limited enrollment.

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