The Music Series is an integral part of the musical offerings presented to the congregation and Fort Wayne community. Everyone is welcome to attend.
2018-2019: Celebrating 61 years!
Jihye Choi Organ Recital
Sunday, October 7, 2018
4:00 pm, Sanctuary, Free-will offering
Jihye Choi returns to First Pres to play a recital for us after winning first prize in the National Organ Playing Competition held March 17. Her program will feature a wide range of exciting organ music and will include some of the pieces she played in the competition.
Jihye is originally from South Korea, and is currently pursuing a Performance Diploma at Indiana University with Dr. Janette Fishell. She received her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Cincinnati (College-Conservatory of Music), where she studied with Dr. Michael Unger. Jihye won first prize at the Strader Organ Competition in 2015 and 2017, which awarded her a full-tuition scholarship to obtain her Master’s degree. She is the Organist and Assistant Music Director at First Christian Church in Bloomington, Indiana, and is an accompanist for the Indiana University Children’s Choir.
Smooth Edge 2
Monday, December 10, 2018
7:00pm, Sanctuary, Free-will offering
6:30pm- Pre-Concert Jazz Piano by Dr. Chelsea Vaught
Smooth Edge 2 returns to First Pres to perform their holiday concert! Smooth Edge 2 is a Fort Wayne based a cappella vocal jazz group. The group was formed in 2010 and has quickly developed a reputation for their stellar a cappella vocal jazz sound as well as highly entertaining and energetic shows. Their repertoire consists of jazz arrangements of current popular music as well as American classics. They have two CD’s out- “Secret of Christmas” and “Reflections.” Don’t miss out on hearing a number of Christmas favorites plus a surprise or two along the way!
Choosing Joy- featuring pianist Dr. Jeff Manchur
Sunday, January 20, 2018
2:00pm, Sanctuary, Free-will offering
Dr. Jeff Manchur is a pianist based in Maumee, Ohio. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and Bowling Green State University. He is currently on the adjunct faculty at Bowling Green State University. In 2016, his wife Kimberly was diagnosed with breast cancer. The next year was full of doctor visits, surgeries and treatments, stress, despair and hopelessness, love, charity and gratitude. Throughout this time, "Choosing Joy” was a mantra for Kimberly, and today she is a survivor. Their journey inspired the creation of this program which features pieces that speak of the struggle they endured and the faith, love and victory that helped them through. The program will feature standard and newer classical music, and pieces by three American composers. Each piece can be associated in some way with their cancer journey. Don’t miss out on this unique program!
Pizza, Pipes and Piano
Monday, February 25, 2018
5:30pm pizza party in McKay Hall
Dr. Chelsea Vaught and Dotty Miller will once again team up to present a concert all ages will enjoy! Piano and organ music will be featured, and the theme for this year’s program will be classical music that has been made popular either in television or the movies. Dotty Miller is known around Fort Wayne for her roles on the stage, particularly with the Youtheater and First Presbyterian Theater. Dr. Vaught has been the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church since September of 2012. She has a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree and a Master of Music degree in Church Music with an emphasis in organ performance from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where her main teacher was Dr. Michael Bauer.
Ashu in Concert
Sunday, April 7, 2018
2:00pm, Sanctuary, Free-will offering
Concert saxophonist, Ashu, is returning to First Presbyterian Church after first performing here in September of 2011. He has gained a reputation as the first and only full-time concert saxophonist. The Chicago Tribune described him as “just as much fun as to listen to.” Ashu is known for his ability to communicate with audiences through charismatic and emotive performances. He is 26 years old and was born in California, and has played the saxophone since age 10. Over the years, he has won several international awards that are typically won by pianists and violinists. Ashu says the following about the saxophone: “It’s really an incredible instrument. It can be played with such emotional intensity and sing like a voice. It’s capable of tremendous beauty.”