Music

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir at First Congregational United Church of Christ is an active committee of adult learners in service to Christ. The ensemble rehearses on Wednesday evenings and participates in the Sunday morning worship service. In addition, the choir performs at many special services throughout the year as the demands of the liturgical calendar dictate. The Chancel Choir presents a major choral work with chamber orchestra during Advent and in April each year. Annually, the Chancel Choir collaborates with a brass ensemble on all major festival Sundays.

The Chancel Choir has actively pursued commissioned works with many of the leading choral composers in the United States. Commissioned composers have included Eric Barnum, David Cherwein, Dale Grotenhuis, John Ferguson, James Fritschel, Kenneth Jennings, Lloyd Larson and Dan Forrest. In 2016, Chancel Choir will commission Matthew Culloton to write for the ensemble. 

Dr. Gary R. Schwartzhoff, Director of Choral Activities at UW-Eau Claire is serving as Director of Music and Judy Lies is the organist.

The Chancel Choir has recorded two CDs for sale to the public.

a. Bound For The Promised Land

b. Lord, You Have Been Our Dwelling Place

You may purchase one or both of these by contacting the church office, 715-834-2668.

Youth Choir

A place where children grow in faith and musicianship through God's gift of music!

The First Congregational UCC Youth Choir is a place where children can experience and explore God's word through music. The Youth Choir is directed by Catherine Edington and Curtis Wetzel and practices on Sunday mornings from 11:15 until noon in the Gathering Space. Children in choir will grow in their knowledge of music as well as in their faith through discussions and a variety of learning activities.

Youth Choir is open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The Youth Choir participates in a Christmas Pageant in December and a Spring Musical. Students in high school will be offered special music opportunities throughout the year as well.