Praise the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
– Psalm 33:2-3
Music has been an integral part of the life of First Presbyterian Church since its founding; we have long been known as a strong supporter of sacred art music. Today, we continue this tradition, as well as incorporate newer forms of sacred music—including newly composed pieces and works from different parts of the world.
We provide opportunities for musicians of all ages and ability levels, starting at kindergarten:
- The Sanctuary Choir leads music at the 9:30 am service on Sundays during the school year. The choir prepares anthems and responses, which contribute to the proclamation of the Word and the church season. All are welcome—music reading ability is not necessary. Rehearsals are at 7:30 pm on Wednesdays and 8:45 am on Sunday mornings.
- The Proclamation Ensemble is a contemporary music choir. They sing two to three times per semester at the 9:30 am worship service, accompanied by piano and guitar.
- The Handbell Choir rings twice per year, playing hymns, transcriptions, and psalm tunes. They rehearse three weeks prior to playing in a service; no experience necessary.
- Joyful Sound is FPCU’s children’s choir. The choir sings during the service every four to six weeks and is made up of children from kindergarten through fifth grade. They rehearse the first three Sundays of the month.
- The Junior Handbell Choir is for students ranging from the fourth through high school grade levels. The group meets after Sunday School activities on the first three Sundays of the month and rings during the service two to three times a semester.
For more information on our music program–and how you can become involved!–contact Jonathan Young, our Director of Music.