Music & Fine Arts

A versatile program of arts in worship that seeks to uplift, inspire, challenge and comfort.

Our vision for the Music and Fine Arts programs at FAPC extends well into the realm of transformative ministry. We strive to offer a rich, relevant program that engages the congregation in worship and creates opportunities to share the wealth of artistic talents in our community.

Music is at the heart of a worship experience that, together with the Word, provides a genuine opportunity to encounter the holy. Our repertoire features the finest sacred organ, choral, vocal and instrumental art music from many periods and Christian traditions, including contemporary music from around the world.

Our choices are diverse and broad, reflecting our eclectic community even as they honor the rich traditions and heritage of this historic church.

Beyond worship, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church offers a year-round program of sacred music concerts, exhibitions of painting and photography, and literary events that challenge us to consider questions of faith and explore new dimensions of spirituality through artistic expression.

The FAPC Chamber Choir is a select vocal ensemble of 18 to 24 of New York’s finest professional singers. Striving always to achieve the highest standard of ensemble singing, this choir presents several concerts each season, of repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony through contemporary American.

The FAPC Choir is made up of professional singers from the Chamber Choir as well as a dedicated team of volunteer choristers from the congregation. From September to June, the FAPC Choir sings in worship for the 11 am Sunday service and for special seasonal services during Christmas, Holy Week and Easter.

The FAPC Community Choir is a non-auditioned choir open to members of FAPC and the wider community who love to sing and want to advance their musical and vocal skills. This choir meets in Jones Auditorium on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 pm for rehearsal and fellowship. The Community Choir joins the FAPC Choir several times each year to lead music in Sunday morning worship.

The Children's Choir and Youth Music provide opportunities for young people to express their love of God through songs. Choristers learn to read music, develop good singing habits and appreciate the many styles of great sacred repertoire. Our children and youth are featured frequently in Sunday worship, but our biggest performances of the year are the Christmas Pageant, the Family Ministries Christmas Eve service and our Spring Concert. We welcome all children and youth to celebrate God’s gift of music every Sunday at 10:15 am (right after Sunday School), with regular rehearsals from September through May.

Becoming a Volunteer Member of the Choir

We ask for volunteers to perform a simple audition—a hymn of your choice, both the melody line and your harmony part (alto, tenor, bass, or a descant line if you are a soprano). Because our choir rapidly covers a broad repertoire during the season, we ask that all choir members, whether professional or volunteer, be able to read music. You may be asked to sing a simple melody at sight (with some assistance from the piano, if necessary).

Becoming a Professional Member of the Choir

Our professional singers bring a wealth of training and experience to their work, lending musical and vocal leadership to the ensemble. Our professional choristers are versatile musicians: they are experienced choral singers, excellent sight readers, have superb pitch, and demonstrate the flexibility to perform in a variety of styles, both within the ensemble and as soloists. We ask you to audition first as a professional substitute, with the possibility of being considered for a permanent position later.

If you are interested in auditioning for the FAPC Choir, contact Dr. Ryan Jackson ([email protected]).

Cantique de Jean Racine • Gabriel Fauré

Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing • Herbert Howells

A Ceremony of Carols • Benjamin Britten

The Dying Soldier • Traditional, arr. Mack Wilberg & Nigel Short

In te, Domine, speravi from Lux Aeterna • Morten Lauridsen

The Huron Carol • Jean de Brébeuf