The Junior Joyfuls
LEADER: Usually a Music student from Western, hired for the role.
DETAILS: This group of exuberant youngsters, ranging from 4 to 8 years, sings at our Sunday worship service several times a year. Their music and earnest faces inspire us all.
REHEARSALS: Wednesday nights at 6:30, right after "Sing for Your Supper," from September through to early May.
The Joyful Singers
DETAILS: In addition to singing frequently for Sunday worship service, these young people put on an annual children's musical for the congregation, usually in the early spring. The image at the right is from one of those productions.
REHEARSALS: Wednesday nights at 6:30 from September through early May.
The Senior Choir
DETAILS: Our senior choir leads the music at our worship services and regularly participates in the "Music at First-St. Andrew's" concert productions. Some music-reading ability and prior choral experience are helpful and a commitment to regular attendance is essential.
REHEARSALS: Thursday eveinings at 7:30 from September through June.
The Laudamus Bells
DETAILS: Our Laudamus Bell Choir is a friendly group of musicians who play at worship services about once a month. New members are welcome. Prerequisites include an ability to read music and knowledge of music to approximately the grade 6 level. Special training on bells is provided.
REHEARSALS: Friday afternoons at 1:30 from September through June
The FSA Strings
LEADER: Igor Saika-Voivod
DETAILS: The Strings are made up of accomplished musicians from the area who play at various Sunday Worship Services, including the Christmas Eve Candlelight service and World Wide Communion. They also hold annual spring and fall concerts at FSA.
REHEARSALS: At the call of the director.
The Eberhard Scholarship
The Eberhard Memorial Music Scholarship Fund was initiated in the spring of 1988 to recognize a family vital in the membership of the congregation of First-St. Andrew’s United Church. Memorial contributions and generous gifts from the Eberhard family and others allowed the start of this fund to help perpetuate a quality music program at First-St. Andrew’s.
Using the income from the fund, scholarship support is available on application for one or more vocalists to gain experience in church music and contribute to the wonderful voices of our senior choir. It is from this fund that the expenses are paid for the student vocal members of the choir from Western University.
The Director of Music, in consultation with the Selection Committee of the Music Committee, chooses "Eberhard Scholar(s) annually.