At First United Presbyterian Church, we find great joy in making and enjoying music together. Music at First United Presbyterian is a blend of old and new, recognizing that we are all God’s people and music is as varied as the peoples of the world.
Although FUPC 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 glorifying God! Three adult ensembles are available for membership: the Chancel Choir, the Chancel Ringers, and the Worship Ensemble. 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.
Under the direction of S. Michael Shuman, 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 Music Room, with a warm up Sunday mornings in the Music Room at 10:30.
The Chancel Ringers, a group of adult bell ringers directed by S. Michael Shuman, 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 who 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, and piano. All that is required to join 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.
Contact the Director of Music Ministries for more information.
Youth and Children’s Music
Musical participation by children in worship is an important tradition at FUPC. These groups rehearse during the school year and participate in worship several times each year.
- Youth Handbells is comprised of students in 6th-12th grade with rehearsals in the Sanctuary on Sunday afternoons just before UPY and ring several times in worship during the school year.
- During Sunday School lessons on Sunday mornings, the younger children rehearse in preparation to sing (and even play percussion instruments) during worship services.
- All those learning instruments on their own are also encouraged to contact the Director of Music Ministries or Organist to set up a time where they might play during worship or other special event.
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.