Welcome to Music Ministries at First Moravian Church!
Moravians enjoy a rich musical heritage. For hundreds of years, we have proclaimed our faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ through hymns, horns, choral compositions, and campfire songs alike. Whether you like to sing, ring, are an experienced instrumentalist or a beginning band member, there is a musical group at First Moravian for you.
The Adult/Chancel Choir at First Moravian is an SATB choral ensemble and performs sacred choral music. This group has been an important part of FMC since the congregation's beginnings in east Greensboro. The ensemble sings from a wide repertoire of traditional Moravian music spanning the Baroque and Classical artistic periods; sacred music from other Prostestant and Catholic traditions, including spirituals; and more contemporary sacred music.
The Adult/Chancel Choir sings for most Sunday services, as well as special seasonal events and services. Their practice schedule is Wednesday evenings from 7:15–8:30pm. There is an open invitation for Choir membership.
The Choir is accompanied by Ann Curtis on piano and organ and directed by Jane McKinney. To become involved with the Adult/Chancel Choir, please contact Jane McKinney.
Morning Star Singers
The Morning Star Singers ensemble at First Moravian was begun by the late Margaret Cass. The ensemble performs mainly three-part harmony and enjoys singing from a traditional and contemporary sacred repertoire.
The Morning Star Singers perform for selected worship services, special services, and events and are not bound to a weekly rehearsal schedule. There is an open invitation for membership.
The Morning Star Singers are accompanied by Suzanne Kiorpes and directed by Jane McKinney. To become involved with the Morning Star Singers, please contact Jane McKinney.
The Cherub Choir performs seasonally in worship throughout the year. During the school year, the Cherub Choir rehearses from 10:00-10:20am on Sunday mornings, at the beginning of the Sunday School hour. (Rehearsal periods rotate with the Children's Chimes Choir). There is an open invitation for membership.
The Cherub Choir is accompanied by Laura Hayworth and Suzanne Kiorpes and directed by Teresa Walker. To become involved with the Cherub Choir, please contact Teresa Walker.
The Adult Handbell Choir plays for services during Lent/Easter, Advent/Christmas, and for the annual Candle Tea. The three-octave choir welcomes anyone who would like ring––no musical experience required!
Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings; the time varies depending on other scheduled events. To become involved with the Handbell Choir, please contact Handbell Choir Director, Laura Hayworth.
Children's Chimes Choir
The Children's Chimes Choir performs seasonally in worship throughout the year. During the school year, the Children's Chimes Choir rehearses from 10:00-10:25am on Sunday mornings, at the beginning of the Sunday School hour. (Rehearsal periods rotate with the Cherub Choir). There is an open invitation for membership.
To become involved with the Children's Chimes Choir, please contact Children's Chimes Director, Laura Hayworth.
First Moravian Band
The First Moravian Band plays Moravian chorales from two traditional Morvian band books. Performances include accompanying hymn singing during Sunday services and special times, such as Easter, Candle Tea, and Christmas Eve.
The Band is open to all ages, young to old. Rehearsals are intermittent throuhgout the year, usually on Sunday afternoons. To learn more about becoming involved with the First Moravian Band, please contact Band Director, Suzanne Kiorpes.
Praise & Worship Team
Our Praise & Worship Team includes musicians (guitarists, keyboardists, percussionists, vocalists, and other instrumentalists) who are passionate in sharing their faith through their musical gifts and enjoy performing in an contemporary Christian style. They contribute regularly to Sunday morning worship, lead selected vespers/worship service throughout the year, and occasionally enliven special events (such as the church ice cream social or fellowship dinners).
The Praise & Worship Team currently rehearses on Monday evenings at 6:00pm. To learn more about becoming involved with this ensemble, please contact Greg or Meredith Cohoon.
Special Musical Groups
At First Moravian, we incorporate a wide variety of special music into our worship services throughout the year, including performances from our Flute Choir, community ensembles, and other strings and other instrumental accompanists. For more information on how to share your musical gifts and talents with our congregation, contact Jane McKinney, Director of Music.