First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach has a legacy of sacred music. Music has been a vital part of the life of this congregation since the first bricks were laid. We strive to continue this tradition by enhancing the worship experience with uplifting music under the leadership of David Kunkel, Director of Music.
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Brilliant Young Organist
Brilliant young organist, Clara Gerdes, will present a recital in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Originally from Davidson, NC, Clara Gerdes is a fifth year organ student at the Curtis Institute of Music where she studies organ with Alan Morrison and harpsichord with Leon Schelhase. She was the winner of the 2014 Albert Schweitzer organ competition and a recipient of the Pogorzelski-Yankee scholarship sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Her program includes the Reubke Sonata on the 94 Psalm, Dvorak's "Carnival Overture" as well as music by George Gershwin. The Reubke is considered one of the pinnacles of the Romantic repertoire. The concert is free.
Chancel Choir – Regular worship service participants at the 11:00 Sunday service. Weekly anthems and special music, rehearsals are Thursday evenings 7:30-9:00 p.m. September-Pentecost, contact David Kunkel for more information.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
The children’s choirs primary goal is to learn to be worship participants. Therefore, in weekly worship services, our choirs take their turn presenting carefully selected and rehearsed anthems. They also present a Christmas musical and a program in the spring. Just as sports develop children in teamwork, the musical art form develops discipline, teaches responsibility, professionalism commitment and working together toward a common goal of enhancing the worship service while growing in their faith. What is taught?
Music reading, rhythm, ear training, vocal development, pitch, Christian faith through understanding of the text they are singing, hymn history, composers and parts of the worship service. All this is taught through fun techniques and games, making the process interesting, not dull. The choral and bell choirs enhance the private lessons some children are in. The choirs also offer the opportunity for children not in private lessons to learn music and participate in a musical group. All are welcome to find their place in the music program. Contact Belinda Valet, Director of Handbell & Children’s Choirs, for more information.