Children's & Youth Choirs

Children's & Youth Choirs
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We are privileged to share with children the joy of worshiping, growing, and serving through music. First Pres children's and youth choirs are featured at the annual Hanging of the Greens concert in December and lead in worship services throughout the year.

Our leaders are skilled musicians who are passionate about children, music, and worship. We seek to make choir a fun and creative community experience for our children and youth on Sunday mornings.

Rehearsals run September through June; for more information or to volunteer, please contact Li-Wen Monk at (510) 848-6252 ext. 283 or liwenm@fpcberkeley.org.  

 

  Worship Service Hour
9–10 am
Middle Hour
10:15–11:15 am
Worship Service Hour
11:30 am–12:30 pm
Children's
Programming
Children's choirs take place during Middle Hour. During worship service hours, children may attend worship in the Sanctuary with their families or participate in children's programming. Children who participate in programming will be escorted to choir or vice versa.

4 yrs–Grade 1
Teddy Bear Lair (PreK)
OR
Godly Play (4 yrs–Grade 1)

Cherub Choir
Teddy Bear Lair (PreK)
OR
Godly Play (4 yrs–Grade 1)
Grades 2–4
Godly Play
Joyful Noise Choir Godly Play
Youth
Programming
Youth choirs take place during the 2nd worship service hour. Unless otherwise specified, youth travel between worship, Youth & Family Ministry programming, and choir without escort.

Grades 5–8

The I-5 (Grade 5)
OR
Rooted (Grades 6–8)

NewSong Choir
Grades 9–12
Marked Network Choir

 

Cherub Choir

PreK (age 4 by September 1)–Grade 1
Cherubs learn that singing their faith is fun! Through songs and musical games, our youngest musicians are introduced to corporate worship and basic singing skills in a nurturing environment. No auditions are required; singers may join at the beginning of the year or, space permitting, at other times during the year. 

Rehearsal Time: Sundays beginning September 3, 10:15–11:15 am
Rehearsal Location: Room W213B, Westminster Hall
Leadership Team: Annie Johnson, Beth Thomsen, Julian Park

Joyful Noise Choir

Grades 2–4
Joyful Noise singers learn music fundamentals through songs, games, and movement. They prepare choral music in unison and two parts for singing in worship services and concerts. No auditions are required; singers may join at the beginning of each semester or, space permitting, at other times during the year.

Rehearsal Time: Sundays beginning September 3, 10:15–11:15 am
Rehearsal Location: Room 204A, Westminster Hall
Leadership Team: John Jacob, Marian McGaw

NewSong Choir

Grades 5–8
In NewSong, we have fun, sing beautiful music together, and serve the church community in worship. Singers have the opportunity to grow in musical ability and self-confidence as they sing in multiple parts and a variety of styles. No auditions are required; just show up and sing!

Rehearsal Time: Sundays beginning September 3, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Rehearsal Location: Room W302, Westminster Hall
Leadership Team: Phenius Lathon, Andy Johnson

Network Choir

Grades 9–12
Network brings together high school students, music, and fun! Singers explore choral music in a variety of styles and settings. We lead worship throughout the year, and often enjoy opportunities to partner with musicians in the First Pres community and other First Pres choirs. No auditions are required; just show up and sing! 

Rehearsal Time: Sundays beginning September 3, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Rehearsal Location: Music Room (behind the Sanctuary)
Leadership Team: Erica Maier D'Ambrosio, Chad Meeuwse