Music Links


Meet Sarai St. Jayne, Minister of Music

 

Sarai looks forward to meeting and getting to know the members of First Presbyterian Church so please stop and say “hi” and introduce yourself to her.  She is very excited and enthusiastic about making music with you!

You Tube videos of musical events

Recent Music events

Vacation Bible School

Music is an important part of worship at First Pres. From classical Baroque through recent choral works, eclectic organ pieces, and the occasional praise band, our music surveys sacred music from around the world and across the centuries. In addition to weekly choral pieces sung by the Chancel Choir, one Sunday a month will feature our bell choir. And of course, there's special music on special occasions, e.g. the bagpipe on Reformation Sunday!

If you're interested in joining one of the choirs, contact Sarai St. Jayne. You don't have to be affiliated with the church to be in the choir.

Saturday
Jan292011

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is an ensemble of approximately 25 adults that sings most Sundays at the Traditional Worship Service. Music spans the range from Baroque to Contemporary, a capella to instrumental accompaniment, and solemn to joyous.

Anyone, regardless of religious affiliation, is free to join us. Contact Sarai St. Jayne.

Rehearsals are Thursdays 7:00-8:30 pm.

Saturday
Jan292011

Celebration Ringers

The Celebration Ringers bell choir plays intermediate to advanced works on our 4.5 octave handbell set and 3 octaves of chimes. The ensembles usually plays for the Traditional Worship Service on the third Sunday of the month. Auditions are not necessary, but some experience in handbell ringing is preferred.

Rehearsals Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

YouTube videos:

Fanfare     10-21-12

Festive Intrada     10-21-12 

 

Sunday
Jan302011

Short-term Choirs

Bella Quarta:

The four people of this handbell quartet cover 3-4 octaves of handbells. Some experience necessary, but new members are always welcome.

There are also other small handbell ensembles formed from time to time, including solos, duets, trios, quartets and possibly quintets.

Tuesday
Aug142012

Sarai St. Jayne, Minister of Music

Sarai (pronounced "Sarah") moved to this area from Bloomington, Indiana in January 2012. She left Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin, Indiana where she had served as Music Director for 25 years. During those years, Sarai taught private piano and organ lessons in addition to teaching Kindermusik. It was only the lure of family that convinced her to leave Indiana and head north in the middle of winter!  Living within walking distance of two sisters and a few miles from her parents continues to be a source of great joy, and acting as “nanny-auntie” has kept her busy the past year and a half.

Music has been an important part of Sarai’s life since she started piano lessons at 9 years old. The opportunity to take lessons on a pipe organ came during high school, and she never looked back. She studied organ performance at Andrews University and Indiana University, remaining active in church music while completing a degree in chemistry. Other interests include reading, cooking, and exercise. (Some would call her a “health nut”).

Since moving to Michigan, Sarai had the opportunity to be a substitute organist at various churches in Niles and St. Joseph, and was Music Directory at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Dowagiac for a year.  She enjoys teaching piano lessons and accompanying students at Solo and Ensemble. Singing soprano with the South Bend Chamber Singers, an ensemble-in-residence at Saint Mary's College, allows Sarai to perform challenging music with like-minded musicians in the area.

Sarai looks forward to meeting and getting to know the members of First Presbyterian Church. She is very excited and enthusiastic about making music with you!