From the Director of Music Ministries

Brice at organ consoleThe Music Ministries of First Presbyterian Church has a tradition and history of excellence.  The music program includes choirs for children, youth and adults as well as a concert series.  Our magnificent Ruffatti pipe organ leads the congregational singing each Sunday morning creating an inspirational worship experience.  There is a place for you in our music program and I hope you will take the time to look at all the opportunities available.

 
A Season of Music Concert Series

We are excited to announce the concerts for the 2017-18 A Season of Music!  We have a reputation for excellent music at First Presbyterian Church of Naples and we are proud to continue that tradition this year.  It is our hope that you will be inspired to attend many of our concerts and that you will find them to be uplifting and meaningful.  Through these concerts we will reach out to our community and welcome people into our beautiful church. 

 

 

A Season of Music Concert Series

Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 4 p.m. Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7 p.m.   (tickets available at artis-naples.org)
     Handel’s Messiah with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra  and the Naples Philharmonic Chorus

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4 p.m.  Chancel Choir Christmas Concert

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 4 p.m.  Clarinet Trio with Daniela Shtereva, violin, Nicolay Plagov, clarinet and Milana Stretzeva, piano

Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 4 p.m.  Adam Brakel, organ

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4 p.m.  Simon Thomas Jacobs, organ

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 4 p.m.  Catherine Lan and Tao-Lin, piano

Lenten Organ Concerts
Wednesdays during the 2018 Lenten season, from 12—12:30 p.m.

February 21, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28

The spectacular Ruffatti pipe organ is featured in six Lenten organ concerts offered by our Director of Music Ministries, Dr. Brice Gerlach.  In these informal concerts Brice takes the time to explain some of the mechanical workings of the organ and offers some musical insights about the pieces in the program.  After the recital, the audience is invited up to the console to ask questions and to see the beautiful woodwork and craftsmanship of the Ruffatti.  Tours of the pipe chambers are also offered each week.

 

Music Ministries

Adult Choir
The Chancel Choir sings for the worship services each Sunday as well as special services and concerts throughout the year. This group is not auditioned, however, music reading ability is encouraged as the music can be quite challenging. The choir is also supported by a professional quartet. During season, rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the choir room. During the summer, rehearsals are on Sunday morning at 8:45 a.m. If you are interested in joining the choir, contact Dr. Brice Gerlach, Director of Music Ministries, at 239.262.1311 ext.239 or email at briceg@fpcnaples.org.

Handbell Choir
The Festival Ringers is an advanced handbell choir for adult ringers. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 3–4 p.m. seasonally, in the Sanctuary.

Youth Choir
The Youth Choir rehearses each Sunday following worship.  The children perform several times each year during the service.

 

 

Gerlach Family Scout Benefit Concert
Concert Program
February 26, 2017

 

 

A Choral Christmas: The Choirs of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Dr. Brice Gerlach and Dr. James Cochran, conductors

 

 

Lenten Organ Concerts

Join us each Lenten season where the spectacular Ruffatti pipe organ is featured in six Lenten organ recitals offered by our Director of Music, Brice Gerlach.  In these informal concerts Brice takes the time to explain some of the mechanical workings of the organ and offers some musical insights about the pieces on the program. 

Each concert opens with a piece that highlights the magnificent horizontal trumpets protruding from the front of the organ case.  A work by J. S. Bach is always featured and arrangements of Lenten hymn tunes are presented, allowing for some of the diverse solo stops and softer sounds of the organ to be heard.  The concerts will end with a rousing toccata, allowing the audience to hear the full power of the organ. 

After the recital, the audience is invited up to the console to ask questions and to see the beautiful woodwork and craftsmanship of the Ruffatti.  Tours of the pipe chambers are also offered each week. 

Come hear beautiful organ music during Lent. Don't miss these special opportunities for personal reflection, meditation, and celebration of this holy season.