2017-18 FIRST CONCERT SERIES
The First Concert Series is made possible by gifts from the Music Special Fund of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.
If you are interested in making a gift, please contact Joshua Taylor, Director of Worship and Music at (214) 748-8051.
First Presbyterian Church is located at 1835 Young St., Dallas, TX 75201
Free parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the Church, accessible by turning off of Young Street onto Park Ave. Click the links below for more information on each concert.
Click the concerts below for more information about performers, music, and more!
OCTOBER // Reformed in God's Image
A Hymn Festival Celebrating the Reformation
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. PAC
DECEMBER // The 7th Annual Christmas Chestnuts
FPC Youth and Children's Choirs, FPC Chanel Bell Choir and Friends Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 4 p.m. in the PAC
DECEMBER // G.F. Handel's Messiah
Susan Curran, soprano, Cora Winstead, mezzo-soprano, A.G. Black, tenor, Travis McGuire, bass, American Baroque Opera Company Orchestra, Joshua Taylor, conductor. Sunday, December 24, 2017, at 10:50 a.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral
JANUARY // Sanctuary Celebration Concert
Joshua Taylor and Julie Yu-Oppenheim conduct a performance of Francis Poulenc's Organ Concerto and Gloria and Franz Joseph Haydn's Te Deum in C-Major Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
About the Music
Exquisite melodies and daring harmonies combined with fantastic orchestration define Francis Poulenc’s Gloria. Premiered in 1961 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Poulenc’s setting of the traditional Latin text captures the full breadth of humanity from pleading prayer in the melodies of the soprano soloist to playful duets between the orchestra and choir. Along with his organ concerto with its soaring sounds and dialogue between the organ and orchestra, this concert is not to be missed. Haydn’s Te Deum in C written for Marie Theresa rounds a spectacular program to celebrate the re-entry into the 1912 Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.
About the Musicians
First Presbyterian Church of Dallas Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir provides the primary musical leadership for worship at First Presbyterian Church. This mostly-volunteer adult group, with varying musical backgrounds, presents a wide variety of repertoire from standard church music, spirituals and gospel, to music by new composers. Recent performances include: Handel’s Messiah with the American Baroque Opera Company Orchestra, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra at FPC and at Carnegie Hall as a part of the Manahattan Concert Productions Festival Chorus, John Rutter’s Gloria, Tim Sharp and Wes Ramsey’s Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass along with countless anthems presented in Sunday morning worship. Additionally, the choir was selected to perform the 2016 Convention of the Southwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association and sang for the memorial service of the fallen police officers in Dallas with Presidents Obama and Bush in attendance.
Kansas State University Collegiate Chorale
Since the founding of KSU on February 16, 1863 instruction in music has been a feature throughout the history of the school. From the earliest performance of the "Choral Union" in 1865, Kansas State University Choral ensembles have been a vital and visible entity to the more than 24,000 students at KSU every year. Currently, the Choral Music Division is led by Dr. Joshua Oppenheim and Dr. Julie Yu - Co-Directors of Choral Studies. Since 1966, the choir has been selected thirty-five times to appear at state, regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, National Association for Music Education, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. The KSU Choirs have worked with notable conductors: Robert Shaw, John Alldis, Roger Wagner and Aaron Copland. International performances are an important aspect to the choral program at K-State. International performance tours occur every other year. International travel has included: Australia, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Wales.
Collegiate Chorale is a select large mixed ensemble comprised of students from a variety of majors across campus. This ensemble performs standard concert literature and focuses on the development of skills in concert performance and music literacy. They have been selected to perform at the KMEA conference, recently toured Oklahoma and Texas, and participated in international tours include (2009) Vienna and Prague, (2011) Rome, Florence and Venice, (2014) Paris, Tours, Caen.
Thomas F. Froehlich, Organist
Tom Froehlich has been the organist at First Presbyterian Church since August 1977. He graduated cum laude from Lawrence University where he was a student of Miriam Clapp Duncan. As a student of Wolfgang Rubsam, he was awarded a Master of Music from Northwestern University. He has done doctoral work at the University of North Texas with Charles Brown. Mr. Froehlich went to Paris where he studied organ for 3 years with Marie-Claire Alain and improvisation with Jean Langlais. Concurrent to this he served as Organist-Choirmaster at St Michael’s Anglican Church in Paris.
Haley Sicking, Soprano
Hailed by Opera News as “blossoming in real time” with “her creamily sung Rosalinde” and in Brooklyn Discovery for her “Truly bravura performance! Generous and ample soprano and strong coloratura”, soprano Haley Sicking has thrilled audiences with her versatile performances in opera, concert, recital, musical theatre, jazz, and early and contemporary music. Haley’s recent performances in New York of Rosalinde in Strauss’ die Fledermaus, received great praise and it is quickly becoming one of her signature roles.
Having just made her Carnegie Hall debut, Haley returns to Dallas to prepare for her season with the Dallas Opera while preparing scenes as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, for a performance with the Abilene Philharmonic.
Some of Haley’s work with Professional ensembles and choruses, as well as Oratorio work includes: Rutter’s Requiem, Glasgow’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation, Bach’s B minor mass, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Theresianmesse, Mendelssohn’s Saint Paul, Rutter’s Requiem, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, O’Regan’s The Ecstasies Above, Poulenc’s Tristis Vinea Electa, Saint-Saens’s Christmas Oratorio, Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt – abhanden gekommen and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.
A native of Dallas, TX, Haley Sicking holds a Master’s in Music from The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music where she studied with Dr. Barbara Paver. She earned a Bachelors in Music from the University of North Texas, where she was awarded the prestigious Winspear Opera Fellowship and the McKinley award for top incoming student.
Julie Yu-Oppenheim, Conductor
Dr. Yu is Co-Director of Choral Studies at Kansas State University where she is part of a team that oversees seven choral ensembles and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting. Dr. Yu holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma, Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Oklahoma State University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas. Before joining the Kansas State faculty, Dr. Yu taught at Norman North High School in Norman, Oklahoma and San José State University. She has conducted honor choirs in Arkansas, Delaware, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Germany. She has given presentations and her choirs have performed for the Kansas Music Educators Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, the American Choral Directors Association and the European Music Educators Association Conventions. She is the Southwest American Choral Directors Association President Elect designate and a National Board Member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. She also serves as Artistic Director of the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale and the Vice President of the Flint Hills Children’s Choir.
Joshua Taylor, Conductor
Joshua Taylor has served as the Director of Worship and Music at First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas since 2011. He previously served as the Director of Music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton, Texas and the Director of Choirs at Navo Middle School in Denton ISD. Taylor has led the FPC Chancel Choir and Chamber Choir in performances for the 2016 Southwest ACDA convention in Kansas City, the memorial service for fallen Dallas police officers with Presidents Obama and Bush in attendance, and numerous concerts for the First Concert Series including collaborations with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas Winds, the South Dallas Concert Choir, and the Turtle Creek Chorale. The choir’s first recording under his direction, Sounds of the Season: Advent and Christmas at First Presbyterian, was released in November 2013. Additionally, he conducts the church’s youth choir, coordinates the monthly Taizé worship experiences, serves as the Artistic Director of the First Concert Series, and prepares liturgy for all worship services of the congregation.
Josh has presented interest sessions for the national ACDA conventions in Dallas, Texas (2013) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (2017) and the Texas Choral Directors Association, SWACDA, the Kansas Music Educators Association, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He has published articles in the Choral Journal as well as Call to Worship, a publication of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He was named the North Texas Children’s Choir Teacher of the Year in 2010.
Josh currently serves on the Executive Board of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and has directed that organization’s Mo-Ranch/PAM Worship & Music Conference in 2014 and 2019. He has also served as the Vice President for the Church Division of the Texas Choral Directors Association.
Mr. Taylor holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Kansas State University, a Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of North Texas, and a Certificate in Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is a candidate in the Doctor of Pastoral Music program at Perkins School of Theology/Southern Methodist University. Josh and his wife, Diana, have been married for eleven years and live in Dallas with their beautiful daughters, Hannah and Catherine.
MARCH // John Michael Trotta's Seven Last Words of Christ
FPC Chamber Orchestra, FPC Chancel Choir, Joshua Taylor, conductor Friday, March 30, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary
MAY // Jazz Inc.
An Afternoon of Big Band Favorites Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary