Music

MUSIC

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, please fill out the contact form for the group you're interested in. Rehearsals are typically late August through May, and you may join at any time. Please let us know if you are interested in joining with us in song!

ARTS FOR THE SOUL

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.

CHOIR

Chancel Choir is for ages high school through adult (late August-May). The Chancel Choir sings regularly for our Sunday morning worship services.  They  also take part in the Arts for the Soul Music and Fine Arts Series.

BELL CHOIR

Chancel Bells is a handbells group for high school and adults. (September-May). They provide music for our Sunday morning worship services about once a month. 
CHILDREN’S MUSIC

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. This year we will be combining children of various ages to 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. The children will then lead the congregation with these songs during worship, sometimes combining with the adult music groups as well.

ORGAN

About Our Organ  – We dedicated our newly refurbished organ on October 13, 2002. 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.

Our organist, Charles Ore, was recently featured in the Lincoln Journal Star.  Read it here.

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