First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Greg Briggs,
Interim Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-547-9122


Recent Events

 

October 13, 2019 
Jacob Atem, PhD. MPH, Guest Preacher 

Jacob is the Co-founder of South Sudan Healthcare Organization and will give a presentation about his life and work in the Fellowship Hall after worship.

“My life as a Lost Boy gave me the experience and drive to help displaced people around the world.” – Jacob Atem

 

Special Music

 Sunday October 6, 2019

Guitarist, John Warstler.

 

John Warstler is pleased to announce that there was enough continued interest in his first CD, Solace & Grace that he was persuaded to press it for a third time.  This CD of traditional hymns will be presented in a new more environmentally friendly packaging, but the music will not have changed.  With all of his CD’s we hope you hear easy listening music consisting of decent guitar playing on great vintage instruments. It is John’s hope that the music can put your mind and heart in a good place. On his CD’s you will hear  the true voices of each guitar, much like what you would hear if you listened to him playing in your living room. The only difference is that there is more than one of John on each track. His arrangements on the various tracks are all original and this recording process allowed John to do what he does best, backup another player. In this instance, John accompanies himself. Some of the tracks have very sparse backing tracks of guitar and mandolin, while other are more akin to guitar duets. 

 

Sunday August 25th

Chas Helge will be our Guest Artist with Phil Schairbaum as our substitute organist.

Chas Helge is the Assistant Director of the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program teaching classroom strings in Pellston, Harbor Springs, and Boyne City and private lessons and Suzuki Method in Charlevoix and Petoskey. He is a core member of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and performs with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the Cummings String Quartet. Chas holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Indiana University, a Master of Music in Cello Performance from Western Michigan University, and recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance coursework at the University of Oklahoma.

This special music performance is sponsored by David and Nancy Jones.

 

Friday August 16. 2019 8:00PM

First Congregational Church Presents!

“More than spirituals”… Art Songs by African-American women

Featuring Angelique Clay, soprano & Casey Robards, piano

 

Heralded for her “soaring lyric soprano voice,” Dr. Angelique Clay has garnered accolades for performances in the United States, Europe, and South America. Operatic roles include Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, the title role of Susannah from Floyd’s American drama Susannah, and Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Dr. Clay’s oratorio repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahms’ Requiem and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Dr. Clay has recorded and toured as a featured soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble throughout the United States, Spain and Brazil. Dr. Clay has performed with international and regional orchestras such as the Slovak State Philharmonic, in Kosice, Slovak Republic; Sinfonia Warsovia in Poland; Cincinnati Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Missouri Symphony Society; Knoxville Symphony Orchestra; Lexington Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra and Arcadiana Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Clay completed a recording project entitled Songs for the People: Art Songs of African-American Women Composers released in late 2018. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and is currently an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Clay has students who are performing in opera house throughout the United States, including, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Des Moines Opera.

 

American Spirituals Concert

    Thursday August 15 at 8:00p.m.

First Congregational Church Charlevoix

Join Dr. Everett McCorvey, Director of The American Spiritual Ensemble, Director of Opera at University of Kentucky, and Artistic Director of the National Chorale of New York for an intensive residency dedicated to studying this art form, performing in three outreach concerts.

 

 

BAYVIEW YOUNG ARTIST SERIES

In continuing fellowship with Bayview Music Festival, Sunday August 4th, we welcome Bonni Beebe and Sarah Amos. Please extend your warmest regards to Sarah and Bonni.

“Kalamazoo native Bonni Lee Beebe is currently based in the Baltimore-Washington area, where alongside freelance work she is the trumpet instructor at DeMatha Catholic High School. She is a member of the contemporary music group Great Noise Ensemble, performs with The Cathedral Brass of Vienna, VA, and is herald trumpet director at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Bonni has returned for her third summer of the Spectrum Brass Seminar at the Bay View Music Festival, and is a graduate of Western Michigan University (BM ’14) and the University of Maryland (MM ’16).”

Sarah Amos, pianist, is a graduate of the University of Missouri having recently completed Master’s Degrees in Collaborative Piano (2018) and Musicology (2019). A Michigan native, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Keyboard Performance from Western Michigan University (2016) where she studied piano under Lori Sims and Silvia Roederer and organ under Karl Schrock. After this summer, Sarah is moving to San Diego where she will spend a year freelancing before pursuing a PhD in Musicology.

This special music is sponsored by Bill & Betty Wadland. Thank you!

 

In continuing fellowship with Bayview Music Festival, Sunday July 28, 2019, we welcome Patricia Morris and Sarah Amos. Please extend your warmest regards to Sarah and Patricia.

Patricia Morrison, 20, is a rising junior cellist at James Madison University pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Education under the direction of Carl Donakowski. She is currently a member of the James Madison University Symphony and Opera Orchestras.

Sarah Amos, pianist, is a graduate of the University of Missouri having recently completed Master’s Degrees in Collaborative Piano (2018) and Musicology (2019). A Michigan native, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Keyboard Performance from Western Michigan University (2016) where she studied piano under Lori Sims and Silvia Roederer and organ under Karl Schrock. After this summer, Sarah is moving to San Diego where she will spend a year freelancing before pursuing a PhD in Musicology.

This special music performance is sponsored by Bob & Jan Grupp. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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