ABOUT US

First Presbyterian San Anselmo is a progressive, inclusive Christian community blessed with meaningful worship, people who care for one another, diverse ministries for all ages, and a passion for justice and service.

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(415) 456-3713

 

72 Kensington Road

San Anselmo, CA  94960

 

mail@togetherweserve.org

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MAKE A JOYFUL  NOISE

“Beautiful music… is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” — Martin Luther

Music deserves special mention, as it is often a primary reason people are first attracted to our church. 

The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Daniel Canosa, provides music for the worship service each week and for special services throughout the year.  From time to time, instrumentalists contribute their special talents. The choir also presents two major works annually at Christmastime and in the spring.

We are a welcoming venue to a wide variety of performing groups, including ECHO Chamber Orchestra, Marin Baroque, the Marin Girls' Chorus, and Consort Chorale. 

Come to simply enjoy the sounds, or join us in making glorious music. 

LISTEN
FPCSA Chancel Choir performs Missa Brevis in C by W.A. Mozart 

THE CHANCEL CHOIR
Practices

During the school year – every Thursday evening during the school year, from 7:30 to 9 pm in the Sanctuary. 

During the summer – simply show up at 9 am to learn the music for the 10 o’clock service.  

Singing with us need not be a lifelong commitment. Come as you are able to rehearsals for Sunday worship – you are most welcome.

Contact our Choir Manager to learn more

MAJOR WORKS

 

Twice a year, enthusiastic singers from the wider community and a small orchestra join us to present more challenging works. Our varied repertoire has included longer pieces such as Durufle’s Requiem, Kodaly’s Missa Brevis, the Passion of Saint John by Schutz, a compendium of spiritual arrangements by Rutter, and Ramirez’ Missa Criolla

In 2016, the Chancel Choir and guest singers sang Karl Jenkin’s The Armed Man at Carnegie Hall. It was a privilege to be the only American choir invited to sing this poignant piece with 300 choristers from Europe.

Daniel Canosa, Director of Music

Native Argentinian Daniel Canosa is our Director of Music. Considered one of the best conductors of his generation, he's led orchestras and choruses in Argentina, Europe, and the United States. His repertoire spans symphonic and choral masterworks of all periods.

Read more about Daniel Canosa in the February/March 2018 edition of Marin Arts and Culture.

Click to read article.

The Leonard William Buck Memorial Organ and Chancel Organ

Our worship service features music played on very fine pipe organs.

 

The spectacular gallery organ was a generous gift from Beryl Hamilton Buck, in memory of her husband, Leonard W. Buck.

Designed by Lawrence Schoenstein and built with his son Terrence Schoenstein and Richard Harger, its all-encompassing sound was heard first on Christmas Eve, 1965. Wilbur Russell, church organist and Professor of Sacred Music at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, and Ludwig Altman, organist at Temple Emanu-el in San Francisco, served as design consultants.

The chancel organ, constructed in the early 1980s, imparts a more Baroque sound. Lawrence Schoenstein again led the building team and church volunteers created the blower room and chamber for the new pipes.

Schoenstein & Company Organ Builders takes you through the process of designing, constructing, and fine-tuning their instruments, featuring John Parfitt playing our balcony organ. Courtesy of The San Francisco Exploratorium, as part of it's program “Resonance: Unheard Sounds, Undiscovered Music,” 2013.

More about the organs

As home to the San Anselmo Organ Festival (1991-2003), we welcomed a distinguished roster of concert organists and hosted several improvisation competitions. We continue to welcome performances by guest artists and organ student rehearsals and recitals.

Mr. Russell, who played these magnificent instruments for 45 years, claimed the Buck Organ contains 62 groups of 48 pipes, give or take a few.  Even though you can’t see or count them all, we have almost 4000 channels for inimitable sound to fill our sanctuary space.