Summer Music Series

Our air-conditioned chapel space is an invitation to enjoy informal concerts during the summer. During 2015 we heard “Sounds of the 60’s” with local guitar and vocal talent; marimba artist Clara Warnaar; and “An Evening with Clem Moorman”– piano and vocals. The music was wonderful, the time with friends enjoyable, and the food, of course.

The Margaret Hsiao Scholarship 2017

As a tribute to the dedication of our former Director of Music and the many hours of service she has given to the music program at First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford, we are pleased to be offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior who plans on majoring in music.


The Margaret Hsiao Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving high school senior who is graduating in June 2017. This senior should fall into one of the following categories: 1) Be a resident of Rutherford; 2) Be a member of the congregation of First Presbyterian Church; or 3) Be associated with the Northern New Jersey American Guild of Organists.


Anyone interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the church office at 201-438- 3569 for a copy of the application. Completed applications must be returned to the church no later than Friday, June 9th. All applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted the week of June 19th. The recipient of the Margaret Hsiao Scholarship will be notified during the week of July 5th and will be recognized during a church service this summer.

Margaret Hsiao Scholarship - 2016

The Margaret Hsiao Scholarship Committee has chosen Larissa Nam as the 2016 award recipient.

 

Larissa is a senior at Rutherford High School and will be graduating in June. Currently her GPA is 4.363 and she will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in September with a major in Music.

 

Larissa exemplifies the spirit of this scholarship. She has studied music since the 3rd grade. She plays numerous musical instruments including clarinet, tenor saxophone, cello and bassoon. She also plays piano and has a wonderful singing voice.

 

She was accepted into the New York Classical Voice Intensive Training, Rowan University Choral Camp, Bergen County Chorus (4 years) Region I Chorus (3 years) and New Jersey All-State Chorus (3 years). She attended and participated in the NJMEA Opera Festival.

 

These musical accomplishments do not include the fact that she is a member of numerous clubs at Rutherford High School, including Interact Club, French Club, Amnesty, FCCLA, and Harvesters. This last club discuss various Bible passages and the various interpretations group members have of them as well as promote universal love and acceptance of others.

 

Larissa’s ultimate goal is to be able to share her love of music through teaching. She will receive her scholarship at the Rutherford High School Achievement Breakfast in June, but has also been asked to attend one of our services to be recognized by our congregation.

 

This committee is very proud to have selected Larissa Nam as our 2016 Scholarship winner.

Family Choir

Family Choir is a brand new program at First Pres. Beginning in October, 2015, parents, children, grandparents (or anyone really who would like to sing) is invited approximately once a month at 9:30am to meet in the chapel. A simple song is taught, practiced, and then sung at the 10am service. Stay tuned for our next upcoming date of Family Choir.

Upcoming Events

We are pleased to offer the following musical events.

  • “Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His Gracious Presence” J.S. Bach


    J. S. Bach Mini-Festival

    to Benefit Rutherford Food Pantry


    Saturday, May 6, 2017

    12:00 noon to 2:00 pM

    • What: Free family-friendly concert featuring outstanding musicians from the region who will perform works by J.S. Bach to benefit the Rutherford Food Pantry
    • When: 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 6th (The program will be presented in several brief sessions with breaks in between)
    • Where: First Presbyterian Church, on the triangle at Ridge Road and Park Avenue in Rutherford

    100% of freewill donations of nonperishable, unexpired food items or monetary donations go to the Rutherford food pantry.


    Here’s the approximate schedule:

    12 noon – 12:40 PM (Sanctuary)

    Organ works, vocal solos, choral piece,

    Flute and Organ

    Intermission and distribution of Bach’s (box) lunches


    12:45 – 1:15 PM (Chapel)

    Works for solo instruments and voice


    1:20 – 2:00 PM (Sanctuary)

    Solo handbell artist

    Organ works

    Light refreshments in the Chapel


    A free, simple box lunch ("Bach's lunch") will be offered on a first come, first served basis during intermission. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served at the conclusion of the program in the chapel.

    Audience members are asked to bring non-perishable (unexpired) food items or monetary donations for the Rutherford Food Pantry. 

    The inspiration for this event came from "If Music Be the Food..." -- a benefit concert series created by Carol Rodland in Rochester, NY. All music performances, refreshments, and support are being donated, in accordance with the mission of the concert series, so that 100% of donations will go to the Food Pantry.

    The Church is located on the triangle in downtown Rutherford, at Park Avenue and Ridge Road. On-street parking is metered in the business district near the church and in the Kip Parking Garage. Unmetered on-street parking can be found south and east of the church. For more information contact the church office via email or phone 201-438-3569. To keep informed of the Church’s upcoming recitals and music programs text FPCORMUSIC to 24587. Check us out on Facebook, too.

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    About the Rutherford Food Pantry.... 


    The Rutherford Community Pantry is a non-profit organization that meets emergency and ongoing needs for food and personal hygiene items for people in Rutherford and members of Rutherford Institutions who are referred by an approved agency. Visit them on Facebook for information on their specific needs. 

     
    Join us to support the Food Pantry....listen, lunch and learn

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