Worship & Music


Music Ministry, 2021–2022

Join one of our choirs in leading worship! And you will also find wonderful fellowship, deep faith experiences, new friends, and good food (that’s right!)! Contact Patrick Murphy if you want more information or have questions! (pmurphy@fpcburlington.org)


Choir Practices 

• Chancel Choir (college and adult), Wednesdays 6:45-8:15 p.m. 

• Covenant Choir (K-grade 5), Sundays 4:00-5:00 p.m. 

• Carillon Choir (handbells), Date TBA, please contact Patrick if interested

Contact Patrick Murphy for more information.

Chancel Choir (college age and adult)

The Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings 6:45–8:30 p.m. NEW SINGERS are encouraged to take part. In addition to leading in worship each Sunday, the Chancel Choir sings a special service of music in November in celebration of All Saints’ Day. In December, the choir is joined by our other choirs in the annual A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Each spring, the Chancel Choir leads worship through a service of music.

Covenant Choir (grades 2-5)

The Covenant Choir, led by Patrick Murphy, sings in worship about once a month. In addition to singing, we explore making music in new and exciting ways. Have you tried Boomwhackers? Come to Covenant Choir and you will!

“Music gives wings to words” is a phrase credited to St. Augustine.

At First Presbyterian Church, music supports the Word proclaimed through opportunities for service — opportunities for expanding these wings.


Carol Choir (Kindergarten-grade 1)

Nan Wooten leads this choir in fun activities and songs that give these young singers an opportunity to explore their musical gifts. Carol Choir sings in worship about once a month. 

Carillon Choir (handbells, high school to adult)

This choir rings nearly 61 bells and 48 choir chimes! If you have some music reading ability and/or previous handbell experience and are interested, please contact Patrick Murphy.

Summer Choir (high school to adult)

During the summer months of June and August, you are invited to join the Summer Choir as they lead worship through music. Summer Choir meets each Sunday morning at 9:00 to learn the anthems for that day. Our musical standard of excellence is maintained, but the music is easily learned in one rehearsal. This is a wonderful way to lend your voice in worship, explore singing in the choir, and enjoy the fellowship of other musicians. Contact Patrick Murphy to register or to ask questions.

To access services which have already taken place and listen to the beautiful live music, please visit the live stream page of our website.


Gifts from the FPC Music Ministry During the Pandemic

While we can’t worship and sing together, and our typical offerings are not available because of COVID-19 restrictions, we are providing links to a variety of musical performances and pieces for you to enjoy at home on your laptop, phone or tablet.

• Lessons & Carols, Sunday, December 20, 2020 View here in the archives of our Live Streaming page.

Taizé Worship at FPC, Sunday, December 6, 2020

Taizé Worship at FPC, Sunday, September 27, 2020

A Rehearsal of Marcel Grandjany’s Aria in Classic Style with Grace Wepner Ludtke, harp and Patrick Murphy, conductor. 

• Music and Meditation Service from May 3, 2020

Program listing for Music and Meditation Service

• Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep — Logan and Susanna Trotter, soloists 

• Be Not Afraid — sung by Logan Trotter, soprano. Logan is a graduate student at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and a native of Greensboro.

• Silent Night — a lovely “Silent Night” (Josef Mohr, 1792–1848) from Sunday’s “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” at FPC. Performed by the Chancel Choir and Patrick Murphy. Franz Gruber, arr. Dan Forrest (b. 1978). Only available to Facebook users.

• Alleluia, Allele  sung by the Carol and Covenant Choirs.

• A memorable part of Dedication Sunday was John Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth” performed by FPC’s Chancel Choir and Choirmaster Patrick Murphy (below). Only available to Facebook users.

• Friendship Group meeting and lunch from May 16, 2019 — Here’s a video of one of the songs from Oklahoma performed by Patty Philipps and Dan Callaway “People will Say We’re in Love”; Patrick Murphy on piano and introductions by David Vaughan (below). Only available to Facebook users.

If you missed today's wonderful Friendship Group meeting and lunch, here's a video of one of the songs from Oklahoma performed by Patty Philipps and Dan Callaway; Patrick Murphy on piano and introductions by David Vaughan.

Posted by First Presbyterian Church of Burlington on Thursday, May 16, 2019

Videos of Lament and Remembrance:

• God Weeps with Us Who Weep and Mourn, text by Thomas Troeger, music by Sally Ann Morris. Kenneth Lee, baritone; Patrick Murphy, piano.

• We Remember Them, from Kim André Arnesen’s Requiem for Solace. Patty Philipps, soprano; Kenneth Lee, baritone; Patrick Murphy, piano.

Text is linked here.

Sanctuary Organ

Built in 1967 for our church by the Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio, the organ, comprised of 51 ranks of pipes (approximately 2400 pipes), is an outstanding instrument which has been endorsed by the many concert organists who have performed in recitals here. While it is essentially an instrument designed for worship services, it performs a majority of music from various countries and from different periods quite well. The acoustics of the sanctuary complement the sound of the organ as well as the sound of the spoken word. The sanctuary organ was a gift from Mrs. James Lee Love and was rebuilt and reinstalled with additions in the summer of 2007.

Williams Chapel Organ

The Williams Chapel organ was installed in 1982. Built by the Andover Organ Company of Methuen, Massachusetts, it has fifteen stops and 984 pipes. It is one of the most outstanding tracker organs in this part of the country. The chapel organ was a gift from Elizabeth F. and Frank S. Holt, Sr.