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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         First Christian Church 

Concert Series

 *free will offering


 *September 13, 3:00 p.m.

  Gerald Miller, cello

Carol Wilson, piano


Johann Sebastian Bach ~ Suite No. 5 for Unaccompanied Cello

Sergei Prokofiev ~ Sonata in C for Cello and Piano

 Johannes Brahms ~ Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano

Alfredo Piatti ~ Two Caprices op. 25

Gerald Miller      

     Gerald Miller started playing cello at the age of eight in California, and played with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen International Summer Music Camp. He continued his studies at the University of Michigan School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Gerald has been the principal cellist with the Fresno Philharmonic for nearly two decades, is a full-time member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and is principal cellist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. He has performed with several other orchestras as principal or section cellist in California, and has been a performing member of the Bear Valley Music Festival and the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival in Santa Cruz. Gerald’s solo career has taken him around the world. In France, he was invited to perform J.S. Bach’s Solo Suites for Cello in several venues in Strasbourg. He has also performed in Switzerland, Germany, India and Japan.  In addition to his performing career, he has an active cello studio and has been a cello instructor at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California and at the Colorado State University School of Music in Pueblo, Colorado. He also instructs cello students from the Colorado College and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

 Carol wilson 

        Carol Wilson is the organist at First Christian Church in Colorado Springs.  She received a Bachelor of Music degree in organ and piano performance from Colorado State University in 1973 and a Master of Music degree, also in organ and piano performance, 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.  She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association. 


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 *October 18, 3:00 p.m.

Colorado Brass Arts Ensemble


  Colorado Brass Arts Group

     Colorado Brass Arts - “Our mission and passion is to increase support and awareness of life-changing non-profit organizations, educate and inspire musicians of all ages, and encourage a stronger national community by promoting patriotism through music while honoring veterans.”

      Mark Israel, trumpet - Mark served 25+ years as a soloist with The USAF Academy Band. He received his Masters of Music from University of Colorado Greeley and his undergraduate music performance degree from University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Mark teaches at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He also teaches at the Pikes Peak Institute of Music.

     Steve Kindermann, trumpet- Steve served 26 years as a soloist and leader in The USAF Academy Band. He received his Bachelor Degree in Trumpet Performance from Southern Methodist University. Steve performs regularly with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. In addition, Steve enjoys serving Monument Academy as the Administrative Assistant to the Principal.

     Gary Stephens, horn - Gary grew up in Denver. He earned his Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance from the University of Northern Colorado.  Additionally, he served 21 years as a soloist with The USAF Academy Band. Gary is the Adjunct Professor of Horn at CSU Pueblo.

     Sondra Bell, trombone - Sondra completed her Doctorate in Trombone Performance from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is an active performer and educator. She is the director of the Pikes Peak Trombone Choir and host of The Colorado Trombone Festival. In addition, Sondra teaches at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

     Nick Pierce, tuba- California born, Colorado raised, Nick comes from the Denver suburbs. He recently completed dual degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Music Education and Music Performance. Nick is building an excellent band program from the ground up at Mountain Vista Home School Academy.


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 October 25, 3:00 p.m.

The Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale

directed by Kimberley Schultz


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                     *November 1, 3:00 p.m.

 Little London Winds


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*November 29, 7:00 p.m.

Annual Messiah Sing-Along

Directed by Kimberley Schultz


The Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale

Strings, trumpet, harpsichord and organ


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December 5, times TBA

 Amahl and the Night Visitors

directed by Linda Weiss

Colorado Springs Conservatory


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*December 13, time TBA

Kantorei, Chamber Choir


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*February 7, 3:00 p.m.

Annual Chamber Music Program


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March 19, 7:00 p.m.

All-Bach Organ Concert

Members of the American Guild of Organists


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 *March 20, 3:00 p.m.

Annual Bach Celebration Concert


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*May 15, 3:00 p.m.

 Pikes Peak Ringers

directed by Kevin McChesney


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