community concert series

In 2015, Hillsdale First United Methodist Church began a concert series as part of our Celebration of 150 Years of Ministry at our 45 North Manning Street location.

Our goal is to present programs of a distinctive sacred flavor and with high musical standards in order to offer the good news of Jesus Christ to our community through the gift of music.

All concerts are Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm and are free and open to the public. A reception will follow each program.

Hillsdale First United Methodist Community Concerts are sharing the gift of music in the name of Christ.

2019 Community Concerts

Information about other concerts for Fall 2019 will follow at a later date.

    The kalamazoo Ringers handbell choir

    Sunday, April 14 at 4:00 pm

    On Sunday, April 14, The Kalamazoo Ringers handbell choir returned in the second concert of the Hillsdale First UMC 2019 Community Concert Series - sharing the gift of music in the name of Christ.

    Now under their newly appointed director, Martha Matthews, they offered an exciting and diverse program of music for handbells. This outstanding group plays a set of bells that cover six octaves as well as a seven-octave set of hand chimes.

    February 24 at 4:00 pm- Nicholas Nestorak, tenor, 

    with debbi wyse, piano

    On Sunday, February 24 at 4:00 pm, Hillsdale native Nicholas Nestorak, tenor, offered a recital of sacred music. Nick was accompanied by well-known local pianist Debbi Wyse, Artist/Teacher of Piano and Assistant Choral Conductor at Hillsdale College. They will offered a varied program of sacred vocal music drawn from various periods of musical history as well as some arrangements of beloved sacred hymns. Ms. Wyse will also be playing several piano solos.

    Nick is an emerging tenor to watch on the national scene after several seasons of successful engagements in US regional opera companies. With his family based in Hillsdale, we are delighted to have him sing this program before he heads off for his spring season of engagements. 

    Previous Community Concerts

    December 9, 2018 - by heaven's light

    Hillsdale first UMC's annual christmas program

    Written by lyricist Tom Long and composer Allen Pote, By Heaven's Light celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ with choral music, scripture readings and brief reflections. Also included was the singing of familiar Christmas carols with the audience. Featured performers were the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir accompanied by an instrumental ensemble, the Hillsdale First UMC Handbell Choir, all under the direction of John Ourensma, Director of Music.

    sunday, March 4, 2018

    David Youngman, fingerstyle Guitarist

    David Youngman is a local professional fingerstyle guitarist and will be sharing music in a varied program of sacred and classical selections.

    Youngman has won several national and international awards for his guitar performances and compositions, including the 2015 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion. Since winning the International competition, he has primarily focused on his own music. Youngman's music features techniques not seen many other places. He is most famous for his use of two hand tapping techniques, hand-drumming, and live looping. Combined, these unconventional techniques produce and incredibly full, live sound, often giving the illusion that an entire band is performing.

    Admission is free and the concert is open to the public. A reception will follow the concert in the Fellowship Hall.

    2017 concerts

    Were You There on that Christmas Night? - Hillsdale First UMC's Annual Christmas Concert

    Alma College Choir Concert

    The Ten Commandments Silent Film Presentation, accompanied live by Organist Dr. John Schwandt

    2016 concerts

    What Sweeter Music, by Hillsdale First United Methodist Church Music Department

    Organ Recital by John Ourensma with Nicholas Nestorak, Tenor

    The Kalamazoo Ringers Handbell Choir

    The King of Kings, Silent Film Presentation, accompanied live by Organist Dr. John Schwandt

    2015 concerts

    Cameron Wilkens, Pianist


    Bradley Hunter Welch, Virtuoso Organist

    The Covenant Players, Drama Team

    John Ourensma, Pipe Organ Recital and Demonstration

    Sing We Now of Christmas by Hillsdale First UMC's Music Department

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