American Choral Directors Association Middle School All-State Choir Concert
Saturday, April 7, 2:00 p.m., Sanctuary. More than 300 singers in two choirs will present a concert at the conclusion of a three-day event under the direction of storied directors.
Sunday, May 6, 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary, Free.
And It Was Good
City Singers and Richmond’s First Baptist Church Youth and Children’s Choirs
Since 1996, City Singers Youth Choirs of Richmond, VA, grades 2 - 12, have performed the highest caliber of distinguished youth choral music from the body of classical, traditional, and modern compositions from around the world, conducted by Leslie Dripps and Mara Smith. Their mission is to inspire the highest level of artistic choral performance while bringing together youth of the greater Richmond area in a joyful appreciation of their ethnic, religious and cultural diversity. The Youth and Children’s Choirs of First Baptist are pleased to host and join the City Singers in this concert celebrating God’s wondrous creation.
Music provides a common language to communicate the joy and hope of the Christian life. The Music Ministry gives everyone from the three-year-old to the 90-plus-year-old an opportunity to glorify God in worship, serve God through the community, and be on mission in the name of Christ around the world.
Each age division of the Music Ministry seeks to call out the best spiritual, personal, and musical resources from its participants. Though there is an unapologetic pursuit of excellence, a high priority is given to the nurture and encouragement of Christian growth and service.
Preschool and children’s choirs at First Baptist begin at age three and continue through the fifth grade. Participation in the choirs affords the children a place to develop self-expression, leadership qualities, self-discipline, as well as exposure to musical and spiritual concepts. Choirs meet by age levels on Wednesday evenings, except during the summer months.
- M&Ms Age 3 by October 1 Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
- Angel Choir Ages 4 and 5/K by October 1 Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
- Music Makers Grades 1-2 Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
- Carol Choir Grades 3-5 Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. Choirs Fall Singing Schedule
The Messengers, grades 6-12, meets on Sunday evenings except during the summer. New members are welcomed and encouraged in the choir. Auditions are held for Youth Girls' Ensemble each fall.
- The Messengers Grades 6-12 Sundays at 4:45 p.m.
- Youth Girls' Ensemble Grades 8-12 Sundays at 4:00 p.m.
FirstRingers, the adult handbell choir, meets on Tuesday evenings. The choir has been honored to perform at the White House and the Governor’s Mansion and has presented concerts and led workshops in Cloppenberg and Amberg, Germany.
Alegria & Jubilate, the youth handbell choirs, meet on Wednesday evenings, except during the summer. Jubilate is for introduction and beginning bells. Alegria is for more advanced ensemble ringing. Both choirs are mixed youth 1 and 2, grades 6-12.
- Jubilate Youth Handbell Choir Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
- Alegria Youth Handbell Choir Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m.
- FirstRingers (Adults) Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.
- Joyful Ringers (Senior Adults) Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
Our Church Choir, One Accord ensemble (auditioned adult ensemble) and JoySingers (senior adults) provide inspirational and dynamic music for the worship services. Seasonal services during Advent and the spring are punctuated with stirring music and concerts, frequently accompanied by orchestra and instrumental ensembles.
- Church Choir - Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m.
- One Accord - Sundays at 6:15 p.m.
- JoySingers - Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. (except during summer)
For more information contact Susan Marshall, Worship Ministry Administrative Support.