Music has always been an important and integral part of worship at First Presbyterian Church. Through inspiring and powerful music we strive to experience the awe and majesty of God. Through our Choir, Handbells, Brass & Percussion, and Organ, we raise our voices together in song, touching hearts and minds, and exploring the height and depth of God’s love and the human experience.
In addition to music in worship, we also take that music out into the community and the region with our Arts for the Soul Music & Fine Arts Series, presenting both local artists (including our own musical groups) with artists of national and international reputation.
If you are interested in joining our Choir or Handbells, contact us and let us know! Rehearsals are typically late August through May, and you may join at any time.
The Arts for the Soul Music & Fine Arts Series at First Presbyterian Church seeks to provide high-quality, audience friendly and affordable concerts and educational outreach for our community and beyond.
We present both local artists, including our own music groups, as well as artists of national and international reputation. A sampling of past performers on our series includes tenor Anthony Kearns, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, Irish group Solas, organists Martin Jean and Ken Cowan, Middle Eastern musical group The Yuval Ron Ensemble, an Earth Day celebration with National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, and a hymn festival with John Ferguson.
Do you like to sing?
The Chancel Choir is for high schoolers through adults, and sings for our Sunday morning and special worship services, and takes part in our Arts for the Soul Music and Fine Arts Series. The Chancel Choir sings late August-May, and rehearses on Wednesday evenings.
Do you like to play bells? Do you want to learn?
This is our handbell choir for high schoolers through adults. We play about once a month for our Sunday morning worship services, as well as occasionally for special worship services.
Children’s Music is an important part of the total children’s worship and education experience at First Presbyterian, and is integrated into the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. Children of various ages work together to learn some of the great songs of our faith, as well as learning more about these songs and why they are important. On occasion the children will then lead the congregation with these songs during worship, sometimes combining with the adult music groups as well.
About Our Organ – In 2002 we refurbished our beautiful organ. The Reuter Organ Company of Lawrence, Kansas, did the reconstruction of the organ Opus 2211, working with Clymer Vidlak Architects to enhance the chancel. The carvings on the console and organ bench were lifted from previous chancel furnishings. The reconstructed instrument features 3,446 pipes, including about 60 percent of the pipework from the previous Aeolian-Skinner organ. The new organ console can be rolled to any location in the upper chancel.