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We at First Metropolitan are especially proud of our Music Ministry. Services include the best of classical music, the newest hymns and old favourites from our church tradition. The 11 a.m. Sunday service features an Allen 4-manual digital organ. In addition to Sunday and special services, the Music Ministry is instrumental in preparing concerts featuring the talents of our choir members and performances by visiting choirs and instrumental soloists.
Music can serve to uplift and inspire us as we explore the very nature of God. Kelly Charlton leads the Sanctuary Choir in a broad range of sacred music each Sunday at the 11 a.m. service. If you are interested in singing in the Sanctuary Choir, please contact Kelly Charlton, Director of Music Ministry.
A bursary program encourages young musicians to join the choir while attending university. (See Choral Bursary program below).
We welcome everyone to join us for practices every Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Social Suite (Room 200).
The Pringle Bell ensemble, under the leadership of Kelly Charlton, meets Friday mornings for practice at 10 a.m. They are delighted to have acquired a four-octave set of Schulmerich hand bells. These talented folk occasionally play during the 11 a.m. Sunday service and accompany the choral anthems in the Holy seasons of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Lent and Easter and in other events.
Choral Bursary Program
The choral bursary program runs from September to April . We invite young people involved in music to audition for the Director of Music Ministry (auditions by appointment). The program gives music students an opportunity to engage in the church community and develop their skills in a mutually supportive environment while defraying some of the costs of their music education. The choir benefits by gaining some new young voices that complement and challenge the technical skills of the choir members. Bursarians also enjoy the opportunity to work with guest musicians from across the musical spectrum.
This program depends on the support of the congregation through special donations. If you would like to make a donation to the choral scholarship program, please contact Kelly Charlton, Director of Music Ministry. If you know of a young musician who is coming to Victoria to study, please let them know of this opportunity.
Choral bursarians for 2021-2022: