First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, a Member Church of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and More Light Presbyterians


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

Our Program

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.

Our Ensembles

We provide opportunities for musicians of all ages and ability levels, starting at kindergarten:

The Sanctuary Choir

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

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 the piano.

The Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir rings several times per year, playing hymns, transcriptions, and psalm tunes. They rehearse three weeks prior to playing in a service; no experience necessary.

For more information on our music program–and how you can become involved!–contact
the church office at 367-8357, who will direct you to our Director of Music.