Music

First Presbyterian Church is blessed to have a thriving music program led by Music Director Robert Nicholls!  Our choir is inter-generational and includes elementary, middle, high school and adult choir members.  

The choir performs the Introit for worship on September 7, 2014.  

 

 

Listen as the choir sings Siyahamba on October 5, 2014.   

 

 

 

Presbyterian Youth Explosion Choir and Bells

Presbyterian Youth Explosion Choir and Bells play in worship once each month.  Through music education and teamwork, the handbells and choir lead the congregation in joyful praise and celebration.  We also have an Adult hand bell choir.  We have four octaves of Malmark hand bells, and three octaves of Malmark Chimes.

 

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 A Handbell perfomance at First Pres on Sunday, October 12, 2014   

 


The Flute Choir brings together flautists of every age and ability in an ensemble that leads the worship of God's people. From celebratory sounds to reflective melodies, the Flute Choir adds to worship.

A performance by the First Pres Flute Choir on Sunday, November 11th, 2012  Play

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The Tower Choir is the music activity for children in Kindergarten and First Grade. During a 45-minute class on Thursday afternoons in PYE (Presbyterian Youth Explosion) we move, learn the basics of music, and learn simple songs to sing in church. The Tower Choir sings in Worship once a month, normally on the second Sunday.

Listen to a performance by the First Pres Tower Choir on May 6th, 2012:  Play video

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"PYE: Presbyterian Youth Explosionis our Thursday after-school program that meets throughout the school year,  beginning at 3:30 p.m., Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade children  join together to support one another on the journey of faith.  Through education, creative arts and music, "PYE" is a partnership of discovery.  Grades 2 through 8 sing and play handbells and help to lead worship musically on selected Sundays through the year.

A performance by the First Pres Chimers on Sunday, November 18th, 2012: Play

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Silent Movie Night

Each October, First Pres Director of Music, Robert Nicholls, brings to life a silent movie classic.  Past Silent Movie nights have included, Nosferatu, Phantom of the Opera and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  On Friday, October 17th, 2014, the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church will be transformed into a movie theater (with a few Halloween touches) with the showing of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as Robert improvises the soundtrack to the entire movie on the Fisk Organ.

 

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The Choir School of First Presbyterian Church is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCMA) and gives children and adults unique experience in the English Cathedral Tradition.  In addition to weekly worship leadership, the choir has made recordings and meets up with other RSCM choirs in our region. The Choir School has given performances in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Kentuckyand the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The Choir School meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.   See the Choir School 2014-2015 schedule. For more information on the Royal School of Church Music in America, visit their website:  http://rscmamerica.org/.

 

 

Fisk Organ

The musical centerpiece of sanctuary worship is the C. B. Fisk pipe organ, Op. 98. 

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Guest Musicians

First Pres welcomed Mark Moliterno to lead a YogaVoice® workshop on Saturday, January 19th. Mr. Moliterno lead the First Pres choir on Sunday morning, January 20th:  Play video

 

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