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Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, Iowa

Germany 2018

The Sanctuary Choir

The church’s flagship ensemble, the FPC Sanctuary Choir is one of the premiere adult church choirs in the Midwest region of the United States. With a membership of 85 volunteer singers, the Sanctuary Choir offers a variety of great choral music at two worship services on Sunday mornings from September through May, and select Sundays during the summer including the church’s annual Jazz Liturgy during the Bix Jazz Festival. The choir has a rich history of providing great music in the Quad Cities, having been featured for over two decades as part of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concerts and twice on national PBS-TV. The choir has recently performed masterworks with orchestra by composers such as J.S. Bach, Franz Schubert, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Gerald Finzi.

The Sanctuary Choir has commissioned and premiered a number of choral works and arrangements, including anthems by such renowned composers as William Mathias, Howard Helvey, John Gere, Gary Fry, Stephen Mager, and Mack Wilberg; building on the choir’s commitment to creating new music, the 2017-2018 season features a new commission by Hollywood film composer Jay Flood. The choir has also worked with such distinguished composers and conductors as Jester Hairston, Andrew Carter, and Dale Warland. The choir’s tour of Germany includes performances in historic churches in the German cities of Berlin, Leipzig, Erfurt, and Kaiserslautern (Davenport’s sister city); additionally, in Berlin and Kaiserslautern the choir partners with the Presbyterian Mission Agency and Elim-Zentrum to offer aid and connection to refugee populations. 


Matthew Bishop, Music Director and Conductor

Matthew Bishop is the Director of Music at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, Iowa, and is the founding music director and conductor of the Summer Sinfonietta—an orchestra presenting free summer concerts to the Tallahassee community. Studying with Alexander Jiménez, Matthew recently completed his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at Florida State University. While at FSU, Matthew served as assistant conductor of the FSU Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia, and was music director of the university’s Campus Orchestra. He also taught undergraduate conducting classes.

Originally from Centre, Alabama, Matthew received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Furman University (Greenville, SC), studying with Derek Parsons and David Gross. He received his first Master of Music degree in historical musicology from Florida State University with a thesis on the early orchestral music of Howard Hanson. He frequently collaborates as a chamber musician and as an accompanist, playing for singers, instrumentalists and for operatic productions. He is also active as an early music keyboardist.

Matthew’s additional conducting teachers have included André Thomas, Douglas Fisher, Leslie Hicken, and Hugh Floyd; he has also participated in masterclasses and seminars with Edvard Tchivzhel, Edmondus Savenier, Alexander Polyanichko, Massimiliano Caldi, Donato Renzetti, Dion Tchobanov, and Will Kesling. Matthew has also studied harpsichord continuo playing with Karyl Louwenaar, Peter Watchorn, and Shalev Ad-El.

 Matthew is in frequent demand for his versatility on the podium, and has worked with various new music, early music, theatre, and community orchestras.  Matthew is also an accomplished choral conductor, having served as music director for choirs in South Carolina and Florida, often conducting performances of major choral-orchestral works.


Dalaie Choi, Organist

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Dalaie Choi received her Bachelor of Music degree at Yonsei University, where she studied church music with a major in Choral Conducting with Haeok Eunice Bang-Kim. She also holds minors in organ and voice. Also from Yonsei University she received her Master of Music degree in Music History and was awarded a University Fellowship for her graduate studies. She held a Teaching Assistant position in the music history department and a Research Assistant position at Yonsei Institute of Music Research. Dalaie has participated in multiple music festivals including, the Oregon Bach Festival and the Stuttgart Oregon Bach Festival. Dalaie has been active as a choir member throughout Korea and Europe, including the Kurhaus and Gewandhaus in Germany.

After moving to the United States, she studied music history at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2009, she began study at the University of Iowa to study organ music, and received her second Master of Music degree in 2012. During her time at Iowa, she received a Church Music Certificate for additional theological studies.

As an organist, she has performed at many venues throughout the United States and Europe, most notably Santa Maria del Coro in Spain, Michealskirche in Leipzig. She has participated in masterclasses with several accomplished organists, including Paul Jacobs, Delbert Disselhorst, and James Higdon. Her recitals in the United States have been broadcast on TV station including KWQC in the Quad Cities.

Dalaie currently studies organ with Dr. Gregory Hand in the University of Iowa, and serves as organist at Timonium United Methodist Church in Maryland.







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Come One, Come All!


In the spirit of the 500 year celebration of the Lutheran Reformation we will be having a festive day with special music in both the Traditional 11:00 Service and the 13:30 Gospel-Praise Service.

In between the services we will be having a Welcome to ACB Potluck in honor of our Interim Pastor Ben with his wife Margit and Intern Pastor Jim with his wife Isabel and new born son Ezra!

PLEASE join us on this day, bring a dish to share and a friend to celebrate God’s Goodness and Grace throughout the generations.

Lutheran Youth Choir

The Berlin premiere of  “Eternal, Victorious, Light,  a Jazz Passion and Resurrection”

at the American Church in Berlin


The Berlin premiere of  “Eternal, Victorious, Light,  a Jazz Passion and Resurrection” will occur at the American Church Berlin, Dennewitzplatz 1, Berlin on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 6 p.m. (18:00 Uhr).  A reception with the musicians and composers will follow immediately after the concert at the church.  Tickets are free and can be obtained by contacting American Church in Berlin, +49 (0) 30 813 20 21, or  Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! .  A free will offering will be taken during the service.

Composers Bobby Schiff, piano, and Andy Tecson, alto sax, along with Ken Jandes, tenor sax, will travel from Chicago to join an ensemble from the Jazz Department from the Hochschule  for Musik Theater and Medien Hannover, one of the great jazz programs in Germany, and a choir of the  Musik Schule Leipzig and the Heinrich-Schutz Konservatorium Dresden, e.V. led by the jazz singer Sabine Helmbold and the conductor from the jazz department of Hannover, Raphael Thöne, who will direct the piece.

The Jazz Passion is an hour long work written for choir, vocal quartet, several soloists, and twelve piece jazz ensemble.  Pastor David Abrahamson  wrote the libretto.  Bobby Schiff, Bobby Lewis and Andy Tecson composed the music. The Jazz Passion was premiered in March, 2010 at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Chicago. This appears to be the first time that the Passion of Christ has been set to music using jazz.

This work can be viewed in twelve video chapters at:

Bobby Schiff ( ) has recorded and performed throughout the world as a pianist with artists such as Mel Torme, Peggy Lee and Marvin Hamlisch.  He has also served as a National Trustee and National Vice-President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy's). He has produced and written music for thousands of recording sessions.

Andy Tecson has led the ChurchJazz ensemble ( ) since 1982. His other compositions include the Jazz Psalms (commissioned by Dr. Martin E. Marty and premiered in 1982 at Valparaiso University), the Chicago Jazz Mass, and settings of more than a hundred hymns for jazz band and congregational singing.  The ChurchJazz band has been on television internationally on the BBC, nationally in the United States on CBS,  and performed at numerous churches and church assemblies throughout the United States. His Chicago Jazz Mass had its European premiere at the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche in Berlin in July, 2016. He has produced five CDs of the ChurchJazz Band.

The American Church in Berlin was founded in 1865. Its  members come from more than 17 Christian denominations and from more than 30 different nations. The American Church in Berlin is united by Christian faith, the English language and a spirit of generosity that appreciates and rejoices in differences.


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