At First United Presbyterian Church, we find great joy in making and enjoying music together. Realizing the emotional and educational importance of music in worship and study, John and Charles Wesley carried hymnbooks along with their Bibles when they traveled to preach. They reasoned that timid souls who could not easily speak their faith could sing it. Music at First United Presbyterian is a blend of old and new, with the intent that we are all God’s people and music is as varied as the peoples of the world.
Although First United Presbyterian counts among its members many talented musicians, training is not required for participation in the music program. All that is needed is the desire to make a joyful noise to glorify God! Three adult ensembles are available for membership without audition: the Chancel Choir, the Chancel Ringers, and the Worship Band. They practice weekly and share responsibilities for Sunday morning worship services and special services.
Feel free to contact S. Michael Shuman, Director of Music Ministries, with any questions you have about music at First United Presbyterian.
The Chancel Choir at First United Presbyterian Church welcomes everyone. No audition is required. The Chancel Choir provides primary music leadership for the 11:00 worship service on Sundays from late August through June.
This group of volunteer singers makes a joyful noise to the Lord. We ask singers to commit to the regular schedule of this active ministry and to attend as often as they are able. The Chancel Choir rehearses a varied repertoire from many traditions. We choose music from the history of church music, from Baroque through Romantic and on to contemporary composers. This group also enjoys close fellowship in its ministry, joining for social functions throughout the year.
Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 in the Choir Room, with a warm up Sunday mornings in the Choir Room at 10:30.
Photo by Andy Shupe
The Chancel Ringers, a group of adult bell ringers, rehearses weekly in the sanctuary during the school year and regularly offers music in worship. We have a long tradition of participation in worship at First United Presbyterian Church. People of all abilities are welcome to join us. We will give you the tools to have a successful music experience that offers music for the glory of God!
The Worship Band consists of several adult musicians that assist on Sunday mornings, primarily at the 11:00 service. We rehearse weekly on Wednesday evenings in preparation for upcoming services. The band includes, but is not limited to guitar, bass, piano, and percussion. All that is required is the ability to play an instrument and a desire to assist in the musical portions of worship at First United Presbyterian Church glorify God in music.
Participation in the musical elements of worship by children is an important tradition at First United Presbyterian. These ensembles rehearse weekly during the school year and participate in worship several times each year. We are grateful to have several people that assist these ensembles.
- The Youth Handbell group is comprised of students in 6th-12th grade. We rehearse in the sanctuary on Sunday afternoons just before UPY and participate in worship several times during the school year.
- The Children’s Choir is for 1st-5th graders. We rehearse weekly on Sunday mornings during the school year and participate in worship several times each year.
- The Youth Ensemble is made up of students in 6th-12th grade. These singers rehearse on Sunday mornings and offer several selections in worship services during the school year.
- The Youth Band is open to any student who is currently studying a musical instrument. This group rehearses in preparation for worship services and other events throughout the school year.
Music Ministry Interns
First United Presbyterian currently has four Music Ministry Interns. These individuals are university students that have shown gifts in music, a desire to lead worship with those gifts, and a strong Christian faith. The internship provides opportunities to observe and participate in various activities of music in a worship service, music in a church, and music’s place in the life of a Christian. The interns actively participate in both Sunday services, assist the Director of Music Ministries, and creatively use music in the life of the church.