Angela is from Cookeville, and is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University, with degrees in both music education and music business. She is highly proficient in both vocal and instrumental music. She studied choral conducting with Dr. Zamer, known throughout the area for excellence. Her vocal talents are extraordinary. Some FFG singers may know Angela as a member of the Festival Chorale, and “Messiah” chorus. She has studied and toured in Europe, twice as a soloist at the Vatican.
Angela brings great enthusiasm to our church, and is extremely pleased to be working alongside Mary Hirst and Pastor James.
The choir rehearses every Thursday afternoon from 4:00 to 5:30 at the church, and again at 9:15 AM on Sundays before the 10:00 service. New members are always welcome. If interested, contact Choir Director Angela Anderson
(931) 575-7621 or Choir President Gretchen Harvell
In addition to singing during Sunday services, the choir performs one cantata each year during the month of December. Look for the announcement in late summer and plan to come and join us! Cantata rehearsals usually start in September. Anyone not a regular choir member who wants to sing in the cantata is invited to join us. Contact Angela Anderson at the number above to let her know you are interested and get additional information.
Since 1998, Mary Hirst has been staff organist at Community Church. She was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, the adopted daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Washington Frank and graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
For over 50 years Mary served the church as a minister of music in Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee. Her musical education included studies under the noted silent movie and radio organist, Brad Braley, and Dr. C. Warren Becker, soloist and professor of organ at Andrews University from 1959 to 1995.
She leads congregational singing and accompanies soloists and ensembles at church services, weddings and funerals, state conferences and community wide events. She accompanies the choir and is a member of the Worship and Music Committee and the Prayer Chain.
Music is a joy in Mary's life. She plays with passion and a love for God and our congregation. She chooses music from a wide variety of styles including classical, contemporary and gospel to meet the interest and needs of our diverse congregation, the choir leader and the pastor. She transposes and bridges musical selections from one key to another with near perfect pitch.
She likes to read, cook, knit, cultivate flowers and travel internationally. She is a registered nurse and married to Rev. Dr. Bob Hirst, a minister/chaplain, real estate consultant and retired health educator with the State of Tennessee. While in Arizona they recorded two long play albums and compiled a 100 page song book for congregational singing.
Bell Choir Coordinator
My love for handbells began in 1982, in Manassas, VA. Since, I have rung at parades, hospitals, weddings, and funerals. Also, with bell ensembles, community and church bell choirs. I have attended multiple handbell festivals, in the USA, with studies in repair and maintenance. My most recent studies have included bell tree and solo performance, 4th and 5th octave ringing, hand health and safety. I am a member of The Handbell Musicians of America.
In 2004, I visited an historic handbell foundry in Adderbury, England. And in 2011, I was able to purchase my own set of handchimes.
Joining the Joyful Jubilee Ringers, in 2005, has been my highlight of living in FFG. As a volunteer Coordinator, I have the task of organizing practices and performances.
I am thankful that our church allows the Plateau Ringers, a community handbell choir, to rehearse in our sanctuary. I formed this group in 2017. Our mission is to educate by ringing at local venues.
The Bell Choir, Joyful Jubilee Bells, rehearses every Thursday in the church at 3:15 PM.
Performances are monthly at Sunday Service and occasionally for special events. Please contact Joyful Jubilee Bells Coordinator Nancy Burleson (931) 484-6149, if you have interest in joining the Bell Choir. It is recommended that ringers be able to read music.