We are a Community of Music…

“To the Master of music and loveliness: Praise, Power, Dominion Forever!”
-from Praise by Aidan Clarke

The Spire Series 2015-2016 Season

Mission Statement

The Spire Series is committed to presenting both musical and visual artists and fostering community, while celebrating the unique space at First & Franklin Presbyterian Church. Receptions are an integral part of the programs, where the audience and artists meet and are treated as our honored guests.

A reception follows each program.


Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir & soloists with guest instrumentalists present this annual event, which has become a treasured part of the holiday season in  Mt. Vernon.

The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir
Jason Kissel, conductor & organist
Mark Markham, piano
Jacqueline Pollauf, harp
Program includes:
Poulenc, Motets for Christmas
Howells, A Spotless Rose
Carter, Upper Voice Carols
Brahms, A Christmas Lullaby
Barber, Sure on This Shining Night
Festive holiday reception to follow.
Freewill offering.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.


We are thrilled to host rising-star soprano, Leah Crocetto in concert with pianist Mark Markham on the same tour that will include Ms. Crocetto’s premiere performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

“After her phenomenal appearance in Stern Grove with the San Francisco Opera, Crocetto has revealed herself as a major operatic star… a flood of gorgeous, well-supported sound shaped into majestic and seemingly effortless phrases…”   San Francisco Chronicle, August 21, 2012

Concert tickets

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