An ancient leader of the church once said, “the person who sings prays twice.” That speaks to the importance of music within the life of faith. Music uniquely connects us to matters of the spirit, enriching our worship and our prayer. Music also connects us to one another.
Singing in the choir was an important part of my religious upbringing and I’ve always enjoyed being able to actively contribute to Sunday worship. I also get to share the experience with my mother which is special.
At FBCH, there is a place for you to participate in making music.
Our Senior Choir leads in worship most Sundays. They rehearse on Thursday evenings at 7:30 (complete with a snack break and fellowship time). The Senior Choir sings major choral works by composers like Dvorak, Brahms, and Faure as well as anthems ranging from Renaissance to modern choral literature. The Choir has also sung original compositions commissioned by the congregation.
Other opportunities to make music include Men Without Jackets (a men’s choir that rehearses monthly on Saturday mornings), Grace Notes (a women’s choir that rehearses periodically after worship on Sunday), and Songsters (a choir for children and youth that rehearses after worship most Sundays).
While our Director of Music, Lynette Wahlstrom, most often accompanies our hymn-singing and Senior Choir from the pipe organ (read more about our Casavant Opus #1994 organ), you will also hear her playing the Yamaha grand piano purchased by the congregation for our 190th anniversary in 2017. Other musicians in our community periodically offer their instrumental skills as part of our worship.
If you would like to join a choir, play an instrument, or learn more about making music at FBCH, contact Lynette.
I like Songsters because I like singing.
Music Event Rentals
For over a thousand years, churches have also been instrumental in supporting music within the larger community. FBCH is grateful to provide space at a reduced rental rate to a number of community groups who gather to rehearse and make music.
These community groups include:
- Halifax Camerata Singers
- Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra
- Madrigal Singers
- Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus
Our sanctuary also hosts a number of community concerts throughout the year.
Singing with others develops deep bonds among the singers harmonizing together. I believe that God created music in all creation to give richness and harmonious depth to our relations with all of creation.