10403973_721158324618684_8942637390925098834_oWe at First Metropolitan are especially proud of our Music Ministry. Services include the best of classical music, the newest hymns and old favorites from our church tradition. The Sunday 9:00 am communion service features music played on a grand piano, and guest musicians playing a wide variety of instruments. The 11:00 am 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.

Sanctuary Choir

FMUC-choirMusic 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 11:00 am service. If you are interested in singing in the Sanctuary Choir, please contact the Director of Music Ministries, Kelly Charlton.

We welcome everyone to join us for practices every Thursday 7:00 pm in the Social Suite and our Sunday Worship.  A bursary program encourages young musicians to join the choir while attending university. (See Music Bursary Program below)

Children’s Choir

Bambie-Maree-200x200First Met Music Ministry is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Bambie Maree as the new Director of the Children’s Choir, effective September 2016. Ms. Maree is a church musician, leading youth, adult and children’s choirs in all Christian denominations. As co-music director she worked for six years with the team of the Downtown Churches Steering Committee for Taizé. She is the founder and instructor for The Victoria Suzuki Piano School and also teaches music at The Maria Montessori Academy. She is an alumna of the Victoria Conservatory of Music where she studied piano, and subsequently taught as a faculty member for ten years. Bambie is very honoured to be asked, and is excited to work under Kelly Charlton and with your children at First Met. Come along to share in this wonderfully fun and exciting musical journey.

‘Where there is great love, much can be accomplished’. Shinichi Suzuki

If you are interested in the Children’s Choir, please contact Kelly Charlton, Director of Music Ministry.

Pringle Bells

IMG_2306The Pringle Bell ensemble, under the leadership of Kelly Charlton, meet for practice on Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. They are delighted to have acquired a four-octave set of Schulmerich hand bells.

These talented folk occasionally play during the 11:00 a.m. service, accompany the choral anthems in the Holy seasons of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Lent and Easter, and other events.

Music Bursary Program

The music bursary program runs from September 15 to April 30. We invite young people involved in music programs to audition for the Director of Music Ministry. The program gives music students an opportunity to engage in the church community and  develop their skills in a supportive environment, while also 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 bursary donations. If you would like to make a donation to the bursary 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.