Our Music Program at First Church is a glorious addition to our worship services. Through our vocal and instrumental choirs, we seek to enhance the worship experience through an artistic and loving expression of faithfulness.
We currently have two vocal choirs, a handbell choir, and a brass choir. Singers, keyboard players, and instrumentalists of all levels are welcome. Contact Ross Cowing for more information.
In late June our Steinway piano was moved to Farley’s House of Pianos for restoration. Work has begun. Everything is removed from the wooden case of the piano; the keyboard, action, strings, pin block, cast iron frame, and the soundboard. The wood on the keyboard dual lever arms was refinished and the keys reglued where they found loose ivories. The action of the piano is replaced. New wippens, which transmits the movement of the keys to strike the string, are installed. New hammers will be attached. A new soundboard has been cut to precise measurements and the ribs are laid out on top. Many more parts of the piano will be remade or refinished as restoration continues. We’ll keep you informed as work continues. We look for the piano to be returned to FUMC in November!
The Blessed Brass
The Blessed Brass usually plays once a month at the 9 a.m. worship hour, September through May. It is made up of many area musicians. It rehearses the Monday evening before their scheduled Sunday, and again on the Sunday morning before worship. Experience on a brass instrument is needed.
The Chamber Choir usually sings once a month at the 9 a.m. worship hours, September through May. It is comprised of experienced singers who meet on Sunday morning, sight-read the music, and then shape it for worship all in 15 minutes. Membership in this group needs to be discussed with the Director of Music.
The Chancel Choir is an enthusiastic volunteer choir with singers of all ages and abilities who regularly sing in worship. Anyone with an interest in singing sacred music is welcome. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Room. It does not meet during the summer months.
The Handbell Choir usually plays once a month at the 9 a.m. worship service, September through May. The ability to read music is required. The choir rehearses Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. (People able to substitute on a call-basis are always welcome, as well.) The Handbell Choir does not meet or perform during the summer months.
If you have particular gifts for vocal or instrumental music and are willing to share them on a Sunday morning, we often incorporate soloists and ensembles throughout the year. Please let our Director of Music know your instrument and willingness to share during worship.