The Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church
For decades, the Sanctuary Choir has served the First Church congregation as an integral part of Sunday worship. Among its longest serving directors were Guy Richard (1915-1936 & 1954-1956) and John M. Russell (1976-2000). Since 2001,
Eric J. Gastier has led the choir.
The choir is made up of adult volunteers, from high school students through retirees, with the addition of four Choral Scholars from the nearby College of Wooster. During the academic year (generally September through May), the choir sings for each Sunday 10:45 service, and for special services during Advent, Christmas, Lent and Holy Week. The choir's repertoire includes anthems from the 14th through 21st centuries, and larger works such as the Rutter "Requiem" and Vierne "Messe Solennelle".
Choir rehearsals are held Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. during the academic year. No audition is required for membership; all are welcome!