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Music at FPC

Music has long been a part of the history and ministry of First Presbyterian Church. We view music as a way to honor God and a gift to be shared with others. Each week the congregation takes an active role in worship services through the singing of traditional and contemporary hymns. Throughout the year special music is presented by the adult, youth, and children’s choirs. Whether you are interested in participating in a choir or in singing with the congregation, we invite you to join us.       

INSTRUMENTS

Organ
Our sanctuary houses a two manual Schantz 28-rank pipe organ.  It has 1,986 pipes, ranging in size from six inches to 16 feet long.  The organ consists of four divisions:  the Great and the Swell, and the Pedal, located in the chancel area, and the Antiphonal located on the rear of the sanctuary. The organ was installed in our sanctuary in 1970 and renovated, enlarged and revoiced in 1997. Allen Lloyd is our organist.

Pianos
Through donations and the generous gifts of members, we have acquired an abundance of pianos. Three grand pianos are found throughout our buildings. A Steinway is in the sanctuary and a Kimball is in the parlor. An eight-foot Baldwin grand piano is located in the choir room. Other pianos, all studios, are found in the fellowship hall, music rooms and Sunday school classrooms.


Handbells
  The church has five full octaves of MalMark handbells, three octaves of MalMark hand chimes, and two of children’s chimes.  Also, we have a full supply of the highest quality MalMark handbell mallets.  The octaves range from G3 to G8 in handbells, from C4 to C7 in hand chimes and from C3 to C5 in children’s chimes. 




Choral Music  The choirs and music groups at First Presbyterian are open to anyone who wishes to participate. Our program offers several opportunities to praise God through song and to deepen the spiritual life of our church and community. 

Our Chancel Choir meets in the choir room at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesdays September through May and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. This adult choir provides musical selections from a variety of eras and composers and sings for the traditional 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship service and for some special services. This group leads worship service every Sunday with the exception of Mother’s Day and Youth Sunday. Ray Harris is the director. 

Our Praise Team meets in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and leads the 8:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship on Sundays.  The teams consists of guitars, drums, and vocals and is led by Townsend Link.  

The Selah Choir is a girls' choir for 7th-12th graders. It is a fun group that loves to praise the Lord using our voices. We practice on Sunday evenings on the 3rd floor of the education building from 7-7:30, or immediately following youth group. We sing for church services an average of once every 6 weeks, alternating between the contemporary and traditional services.  Additionally, our songs help to tell the story of Christ's birth in the annual Tableau Christmas pageant.  Selah choir is open to any girl who loves to sing; no prior experience is necessary!

Children’s Choirs provide an opportunity for those age three through sixth grade to learn the importance of singing praise to God.  Children also learn rhythm instruments such as hand-drums and maracas.  Choir practice, under the direction of Peggy McLean and Kathy Carmical, is held as a part of the Faith in Small Hearts (FISH) Program September through May in the Education Building on Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. following the Family Night dinner.


PODPOURRI--The Podpourri link will take you to podcasts by all types of worship leaders! Special testimonies, scripture reading by young folks, or songs--especially children's choirs in mp3 format will be available for downloading for a limited time.
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