Music at First Christian Church

If you’re interested in making music, there’s a group for you at First Christian. If you would like to know more about our choirs and ensembles, please talk to us after worship, call us at 330-688-4450, or email us at dirmusic@firstchristianstow.org.

Acorn Choir

Our youngest musicians are in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.  They sing and play hand chimes, and twice a year they present a musical along with the Crusader Choir.  Acorn Choir rehearses each Sunday, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Crusader Choir

This choir is for children in grades 3-6.  They sing and begin to learn how to ring hand bells, and twice a year they present a musical along with the Acorn Choir. Crusader Choir rehearses 12:30-2:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Chancel Choir

Our adult choir is open to all adults and to high school students.  We enjoy singing a variety of choral styles, including traditional, light classical, gospel, and contemporary.  The Chancel Choir sings regularly in Sunday 10:45 a.m. worship and rehearses Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., accompanied by organist Andrea Drews.

Spiritus

Spiritus is an auditioned ensemble of 12-16 singers, performing a wide variety of more difficult music in styles ranging from Renaissance to vocal jazz and everything in between.

Joyful Noise

This group is for anyone, of any age from 6th grade through adults, who wants to play handbells.  No previous experience or music-reading ability is necessary—that’s the unique thing about playing handbells.  We’ll teach you what you need to know.  This is our only intergenerational handbell group, and they have lots of fun.  The more advanced ringers in the group help the others learn.  Joyful Noise rehearses Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Joy Bells

Joy Bells, our adult advanced handbell ensemble, performs year round for both church and community events and have traveled throughout Ohio and in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Arizona.

Silent Praise

This intergenerational group is open to all adults and to children 3rd grade and older.  They interpret songs in sign language.  Absolutely no experience is necessary; they learn each song together!

Celebration Ringers Alumni

This special group brings back alumni of Celebration Ringers to play in worship and other special events.

 

The Way

Our worship band, The Way, includes keyboards, guitar, percussion, flute, voices, and other instruments.  Their ministry is to lead congregational singing in a dynamic way.

First Christian Orchestra

The First Christian Orchestra is for instrumentalists of all ages who can read and play music at a hymn level.  The orchestra occasionally accompanies congregational singing and plays special music.

About the Music Staff

Andrea Drews earned a BA in Music Performance (Harpsichord) and Management from Hiram College and the MS in Human Resource Management from The University of Akron.  She plays both organ and piano and accompanies the Chancel Choir.  Andrea occasionally sings vocal solos within worship services.  She has been an active member of the Akron Symphony Chorus, the Blossom Festival Chorus, and the Larry Wilgus Singers in the Christmas Music Spectacular.

Andrea Drews and Molly Halpin bring to our music program at First Christian Church many years of experience in the field of children’s and youth music.  Both are active in many of our choirs and ensembles, as performers and/or directors.  Each year they provide a nurturing, loving environment for children to grow in music and faith, and the congregation is blessed by the outstanding musical productions they direct.

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