“Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!”
Psalm 98:4 ESV
The Chancel Choir leads the 11:00 a.m. traditional service each Sunday, singing in a variety of styles. The Chancel Choir also leads special services throughout the year and performs concerts and major works, including A Christmas Festival in December.
Singing in the choir are volunteers from the congregation and community. Many singers find choir to be a place where their gifts can be fully explored and where each person is known and celebrated. Choir is not only a place where worship and music making happen, but is a space for friendship and welcome.
Please contact Neal Figueroa, Director of Music, via the form below for more information regarding joining the choir.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:45 – 8:45 (August to June)
We are blessed to have two handbell choirs at First Presbyterian. Both provide music for both worship services and special programs in the church and community.
This is our advanced bell ensemble and it is open to adults and college-aged people who can read music and have a good sense of rhythm. The Chancel Bells perform about once per month.
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 (August to June)
Our newest ensemble, this group is for beginner/ intermediate players. The Sanctuary Ringers perform about once every other month.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 (August to June)
“Intro to Bells” Class
This class meets during Sunday school (10am) between services. This class is for all who have ever had a curiosity about playing bells. The class culminates with a Sunday morning performance. Typically this happens at Christmas and Easter.
Please check the Adult Education page to see when the class will be offered.
For more information, contact Neal Figueroa.
As a space for alternative music styles, the praise band provides church members with the opportunity to lead worship at First Pres. Young and old, new members and lifelong members— the contemporary service is a space where we can celebrate the joy we find in God. All types of instruments are welcome!
Rehearsals: Thursdays 7:00 – 8:30 (August to June; Summer rehearsals vary)
Leading worship alongside the praise band in the contemporary service, the praise team lifts their voices to lead the congregation in joyful song.
In rehearsals, the first hour is vocal rehearsal. Then, after break, the praise team joins the band to rehearse together.
Do I need to know how to read music?
No! You will need a good ear, however. Rehearsals are part learning new music and part class voice. Reading music is taught at rehearsals.
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 (August to June)
Our Youth Band is for young instrumentalists that wish to hone their talents and help lead others in worship. This group will help lead at youth events and on occasion in the contemporary service.
For more information, contact Neal Figueroa, Director of Music Ministries.