Children’s Choirs

I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Psalm 104:33


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Mary Ann Rutkowski: Associate Director of Music
(585)271-6513 ext 101


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Junior Choir
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Carol Choir (Preschool and Kindergarten) meets on Sunday mornings during Church School from 11:40am — 12:00 noon. The children learn simple songs, play rhythm instruments, and explore musical ideas using movement and games. Participation reinforces Sunday School lessons and scripture through story and song and lays the foundations of pitch matching and musical concepts in a fun and engaging way. The Carol Choir traditionally sings in worship at the Nativity service on Christmas Eve.

Glorious Voices (1st and 2nd grades) meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm — 6:10pm as part of the Qabats program. Singers experience a multi-activity, multi-sensory program designed to introduce early-elementary children to basic musical ideas through games, movement, and songs. Emphasis is on exploring the voice, pitch matching, developing musical sensitivity, and having fun with music. The choir sings in worship about 2 times each year, including at the Nativity service on Christmas Eve and on Easter Sunday with the Junior Choir. Additionally, they take part in the children’s musicals presented in even numbered years.

Junior Choir is a non-auditioned choir open to all children grades 3 through 6. Rehearsals expand on the musical foundation of our younger choirs, and singers learn musical terminology and healthy, age-appropriate vocal technique while exploring warm-ups, anthems, introits, and hymns throughout the program year. The Junior Choir takes an active role in worship leadership, singing each Sunday at the 10:45am worship service during the program year. In addition, the Junior Choir offers several special programs, including a spring children’s musical in even numbered years, and serves as the primary musical leadership group for the Nativity service each Christmas Eve. The choir has sung locally at other churches, has traveled to Buffalo and Pittsburgh to sing, and participates each year in a 4-day ecumenical summer choir retreat at Camp Cory on Keuka Lake.

The choir rehearses every Sunday and Wednesday during the program year. Outside of Qabats programming nights, Wednesday rehearsals are held from 5:30pm — 6:15pm. Beginning in October, Wednesday rehearsals are held as part of the Qabats program from 6:50 — 7:30pm. Sunday rehearsals are at 9:30am.

The Children’s Bell Choir rehearses at 5:00pm on Wednesdays before full Qabats programming begins, and follows the Qabats schedule. This choir offers a wonderful foundational experience in learning the fundamentals of note reading and handbell technique. The choir is limited to 11 ringers and is open to all children grades 3 through 6, however first opportunity for sign-ups at the start of the program year will be given to 5th and 6th graders.

Children’s Musicals have been a long-standing tradition at Third Church. They offer a creative way for children to deepen their knowledge of biblical stories through singing and acting. The children can then in turn share their interpretation of these stories with the congregation in a worship setting. Past musicals have included:
2016 — “Once Upon a Parable” (Pote/Long)
2014 — “The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hit” (Pote/Long)
2012 — “A Technicolor Promise” (Pote/McCann)
2010 — “The Living Water Works” (an original musical written for Third Presbyterian Church by Carson Cooman and Randy Northrup)
2008 — “Rescue in the Night” (Pote/Long)
2006 — “Oh, Jonah!” (Pote/McCann)
2004 — “Once Upon a Parable” (Pote/Long)
2002 — “The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hit” (Pote/Long)
2000 — “Rescue in the Night” (Pote/Long)
1998 — “Oh, Jonah!” (Pote/McCann)
1996 — “A Technicolor Promise” (Pote/McCann)
1994 — “David and the Giants” (Zabel/Jordan)