Worship & Music


“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.

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! Covenant Choir rehearses on Sundays at 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Room 220.

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. Rehearsals are Sundays 5:00–6:00 p.m. in Room 222.

Carillon Choir (handbells, high school to adult)

The Carillon Choir meets on Tuesdays from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in Room 220. 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.

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.