First Christian Church 

Concert Series Ministry


The purpose of the Concert Series Ministry is to create a spiritually enriching experience through the power of music in traditional and emerging forms. This ministry is part of our vision and mission statement: to “act out our gifts in joyful Christian service…radical in hospitality, outrageous in generosity and joyful in service to God and neighbor…"


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Upcoming Concerts at First Christian Church


*First Christian Church Concert Series - a free will offering will be taken


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 *September 7, 3:00 p.m.

Carol Wilson, organ recital

      Carol Wilson is the organist at First Christian Church in Colorado Springs.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree in organ and piano performance at Colorado State University in 1973.  Her Master of Music degree, also in organ and piano performance, was earned at the University of Kansas in 1989.  While in Kansas, she taught organ and piano at Ottawa University and was university organist.  In addition to playing at First Christian Church, Carol teaches piano and organ, is an adjunct faculty member at Colorado College, accompanies in the community, manages the First Christian Church concert series, and is an active performer on organ and piano, and oversees the care of the church gardens.  She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association. 

 Carol at FCC organ


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*October 5, 3:00 p.m.

Air Force Academy Band

Academy Winds - woodwind quintet, percussion and vocals


Academy Winds


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*November 2, 3:00 p.m.

Fountain Creek Brass Band, directed by Debbie Baker

      The Fountain Creek Brass Band, an elite 33-member ensemble in the classic British brass band tradition, champions music in community and educational settings, inspiring a new generation of audiences, both young and old.  They continually strive for excellence in musical performance by adding diverse sets of literature to their repertoire and encouraging the growth of the musical skills of the group. The ensemble seeks opportunities to collaborate with school music programs in the form of joint concerts or special fundraising events from elementary to college level in the Pikes Peak and Front Range region. 

fountain creek brass band


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 November 9, 3:00 p.m.

Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale

directed by Kimberley Schultz

Gorgeous choral music, a capella and accompanied by orchestra

Tickets available at the door - $10 or $25/family

 chamber singers

        The Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Choral Society is the Chorale’s 24-member ensemble, currently performing their fifth season.  The Chamber Singers, composed of auditioned singers from within the larger Chorale membership, represents the Choral Society in venues and at events where a larger chorus would be impractical. The Chamber Singers was founded by Director-Conductor Kimberley Schultz in 2010 with the mission to support education and community outreach, encouraging young people to pursue their singing interests beyond high school and college, and to recruit singers for the Choral Society in general.  

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 *November 30, 7:00 p.m.

Annual Messiah Sing-Along

Messiah graphic

Chamber Singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, with soloists, strings, trumpet, organ and harpsichord, directed by Kimberley Schultz

Come and begin your Advent season with the glorious music of Georg Frederic Handel!    Some Messiah scores will be available at the door to borrow, so bring your own score if you have one, or download the selections below on-line.  Come and sing along on the choruses,  or just enjoy being surrounded by those singing.

A free will offering will be taken.

 organ FCC

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 December 6, 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.


The Colorado Springs Conservatory will present two performances of the Gian Carlo Menotti's beloved Amahl and the Night Visitors.  No admission charge, but please bring a non-perishable food item for Care and Share.



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*January 4, 3:00 p.m.

Eric Wicks, organist with Elisa Wicks, Baroque violinist

      Would you like to kick off your New Year with some great music?  Organist Eric Wicks will play music by French Romantic composers César Franck and Louis Vierne, and contemporary American composer Dan Locklair.  He will be joined by his wife, Baroque violinist Elisa Wicks, to play music from the 17th and 18th centuries by J. S. Bach and Nicola Matteis.Eric Wicks  A free will offering will be taken.  

     Eric Wicks has served as organist at First Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs since January 2013. Before that, he spent eight years in Pennsylvania as music director for Butler First United Methodist Church. He has also served churches in Ohio and Washington. He received both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Eric has also studied harpsichord, piano, eurhythmics, and early music performance practice. While in Cleveland, Eric joined Elisa in Elisa Wicksperforming baroque programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

     Elisa Wicks received her Master’s degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also studied baroque violin and served as concertmaster of the Case Western Reserve University Baroque Orchestra. Since returning to her hometown of Colorado Springs in 2012, Elisa has performed with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, is the artistic director of Parish House Baroque, serves as principal second violin for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and is a frequent substitute with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

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 February 1, 2:30 p.m.

 Chamber Orchestra of the Springs   “Legends”

 Ingrid Stölzel - Genius Loci: Spirit of Place; Schumann - Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra

 Saint-Saëns - Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Joseph Klock, violin; Dvoƙák - Symphonic Variations

719.633.3649 or for tickets


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  *February 8, 3:00 p.m.

Chamber Music 

Annual chamber music program played by members of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and friends - music for small ensembles of strings, woodwinds, brass with harp, harpsichord, piano or organ.  The program will include movements from:

 Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto for Two Cellos

String Quartets by Franz Joseph Haydn and Bedrik Smetana

J.C. Bach - Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Cello and Organ

Malcolm Arnold- Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano

Carl Maria von Weber - Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Quartet in G Minor for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano

J. S. Bach - Partita No. 2 for Unaccompanied Violin

A Woodwind Quintet


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  March 1, 2:30 p.m.

 Chamber Orchestra of the Springs   “On the Edge”

 Anthony Davis - Notes from the Underground; Mozart - Symphony No. 25 in G Minor

 C.P.E. Bach - Symphony in E Flat; Daugherty - Fire and Blood:Violin Concerto, Mark Fewer, violin

 719.633.3649 or for tickets


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March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Organ Music of Johann Sebastian Bach

        A program of organ music, including preludes and fugues, chorale preludes and larger chorale based works, trio sonatas, concertos, and miscellaneous works, played by members of the Colorado Springs Chapter of the American Guild of Organists:  Joseph Galema, Bonnie Linder, Deke Polifka, Gerald Van Dusseldorp, Eric Wicks and Carol Wilson. 

Free will offering.


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 *March 22, 3:00 p.m.

Annual Bach Celebration Concert

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 - David Artley, trumpet

Dances from Orchestral Suite No. 2 - Taylor Irelan, flute

Concerto for Two Harpsichords in C Minor - Deke Polifka and Bonnie Linder

 Trio Sonata for Flute, Oboe and Cello - Phyllis White, Joyce Hanagan, Gerald Miller

 Solo works for organ, harpsichord, cello

 Chorales for audience singing

 J.S. Bach


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  *April 26, 3:00 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony,

directed by Kenneth Soper


Joseph Wilcox Jenkins - Charles County Overture

Samuel Foster Hall - Toward a New Horizon 

Samuel Foster Hall - The Broadmoor Rag

David Holsinger - Hymnsong of Philip Bliss

 Alexandre Guilmant – Symphony No. 1 Finale with Carol Wilson, organ

Jan Van der Roost - Flashing Winds

Richard Wagner - Liebestod from "Tristan and Isolde"

Percy Grainger - Immovable Do

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Finale from Symphony No. 4

Ken Soper mug 


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May 3, 2:30 p.m.

 Chamber Orchestra of the Springs   “The Last Dance”

  de Falla - The Three-cornered Hat, Suite 1; Astor Piazzolla - Contemplacion y Danza, Emirhan Tuga, clarinet

  Bartók - Divertimento for String Orchestra (1939); W. Lutoslawski - Dance Preludes, Emirhan Tuga, clarinet

  Zoltan Kodaly    Dances of Galanta

 719.633.3649 or for tickets


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*May 17, 3:00 p.m.

Colorado Springs Flute Choir

directed by Karen Morsch and Treesa Kjeldsen

       Since 1984 the Pikes Peak Flute Choirs have entertained thousands of people in Colorado Springs with a variety of music, from classical to contemporary, and even some rock-and-roll. They have played at venues all over town, from The Citadel to The Broadmoor Hotel to many schools, churches and community centers. A non-profit organization made up of volunteer flute players, the groups started with just a few interested players with C flutes and a couple of piccolos, and in recent years have had as many as 40 flutes ranging from piccolo through six kinds of flutes down to sub-contrabass, added just last year.  Seeing a live all-flute concert is a must for music lovers.

PP Flute Choir

     Director Karen Morsch earned a BA in Music Education and an MA in Flute Performance from Adams State College. She then began a successful career in private instruction as well as freelance and orchestral performance. While playing in the Chicago Civic Symphony, she studied with Dick Graef of the Chicago Symphony. She has performed with the Atlanta Flute Ensemble, which she conducted for three years.  Karen joined the Pikes Peak Flute Choir in 1992 shortly after moving to Colorado Springs. She performs with various local ensembles, including the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. Karen also maintains a private flute studio in Colorado Springs.

      Assistant director Treese Kjeldsen loves teaching--flute, guitar, young bands, and even hula hoop fitness classes. A flute teacher since 1975, a flute choir geek since 1977 and a music educator since 1981 (BME from UNC), Treese counts many successful solo and ensemble, all-state honor band, and scholarship winners among her students. She has an active flute and guitar lesson studio at Graner Music. Besides playing with the Pikes Peak Flute Choir, she also performs with the Little London Winds. … and yes, she can play the piccolo and hula hoop at the same time!

      Composer-in-Residence Akio Lis (b.1980) earned his BMus in oboe performance from MorningsideCollege in 2003, and an Associates of Applied Science in band instrument repair from Western Iowa Tech in 2005, performing with the Sioux City Symphony on oboe and English horn.  He has been a member of the Pikes Peak Flute Choir since 2005, and the president of the organization from 2009-2013, performing primarily on contrabass and bass flutes, adding sub-contrabass flute to his repertoire in 2013.  Mr. Lis is a band instrument repair technician at Meeker Music in Colorado Springs and teaches privately on all woodwind instruments.  Also an avid composer and arranger, his works include pieces for flute choir ranging from classical symphony movements and overtures to popular songs. His works have been performed by the Pikes Peak Flute Choir and other flute choirs in the Colorado Springs area. One of his primary goals with his work for flute choir and more varied ensembles is to increase the technical range, versatility, and expectations of low flutes (alto, bass, contra, and sub-contra flute) beyond the traditional boundaries.

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 More information to come.....