First Presbyterian Church Music Ministries

Music is a vibrant part of the life of the congregation at First Presbyterian Church. If God has gifted you in the area of music, we encourage you to use your musical gifts for God.
 

If you sing, please consider joining our Chancel Choir and/or contemporary Praise Team. The Chancel Choir leads the congregation in worship from September-June and also plays a key role in our Community Christmas Concert in December, our Christmas Eve Service, and our Easter Celebration Service. The Praise Team leads the congregation in worship from January-December.

If you are an instrumentalist, consider joining using your instruments during our celebration services at Christmas and Easter, as part of the Praise Team, or as a soloist during summer or other times of the year.
 
If you are a young person (starting in the 5th grade) to adult, consider joining one of our handbell choirs.
 
If you are interested in knowing about some of the key hymns and praise songs we sing regularly at First Presbyterian Church, check out our “FPC Canon.”
 

Chancel Choir

  • Chancel Choir meets for rehearsals on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm from September through early June.

Praise Team

  • The contemporary Praise Team rehearses on Sunday mornings and at other times during the year.

Handbell Choirs

  • The Chapel Bell Ringers is a choir designed for grades 5 through 8. They rehearse Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Middleton Parlor (down the long hall on the left). This is a training group that rings three octaves of bells.
  • The Lindsey Bell Ringers (named after our pastor emeritus, Dr. Albert J. Lindsey), is composed of grades 9 and up. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Middleton Parlor. This group rings 5+ octaves of bells at an advanced level.

Questions?

  • To find out more info. on how to become involved, contact our Minister of Worship, Dr. Daniel Perrin.
 

Music News

Watch FPC Tacoma Christmas Eve Service 2018

Nearly 900 people filled the Sanctuary for the 2018 Christmas Eve service at First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma. Thanks to Chip Van Gilder you can now watch the service online!
 



Christmas Eve Service Tonight–Join Us for Carols and Candles

You are invited to join us TONIGHT for our annual Christmas Eve candle-lighting service at First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma. Experience the true meaning of Christmas through Bible readings and carols accompanied by choir, handbells, praise band, soloists, instrumentalists, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. Plus experience our cathedral-like sanctuary lit up by hundreds of candles. A Tacoma-area tradition! The service starts at 7:00 pm. But come early…. the Sanctuary fills up fast!



Watch 2018 Celebration of Carols Concert

More than 500 people participated in FPC’s Celebration of Carols concert this year on Dec. 8. If you missed the concert (or if you’d like to experience it again), you can now watch it on YouTube thanks to FPC’s Chip Van Gilder!
 



Celebration of Carols Concert THIS Saturday, Dec. 8

It’s almost here! Our festive annual Celebration of Carols concert… where everyone who comes gets to participate along with the soloists, choir, and orchestra. Join us Saturday afternoon from 4:15-5:30 pm for this wonderful FREE holiday event featuring your favorite carols and followed by a reception with hot cider, hot chocolate, and Christmas cookies.



Christmas Events 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma

Join your friends and family at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church in 2018 for wonderful Christmas events throughout December.
 

A Celebration of Carols

Saturday, Dec. 8, 4:15 pm

Sing favorite Christmas carols accompanied by choir and orchestra at this free annual holiday event that combines audience participation with selections by choir, soloists, orchestra, and our pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. Followed by a holiday reception with cookies and hot cider. Invite your friends and family! More info. at www.fpctacoma.org/carols. This event is part of the Dickens Festival in the Stadium District. Come early to enjoy all the activities in our neighborhood.
 

Christmas Pageant

Sunday, Dec. 16, 10:30 am
 
Our Kids’ Ministry will be putting on our annual Christmas pageant that tells the timeless story of Jesus’ birth. You will not want to miss this fun and charming experience of the true meaning of Christmas.
 

Taproot Play: The (Improvised) Nutcracker

Sunday, Dec. 23, Fellowship Hall, 9:15 am
 
Join in the fun when we host a performance of The (Improvised) Nutcracker, a live stage production from Taproot Theatre Company.
 

Christmas Eve Service

Monday, Dec. 24, 7:00 pm
 
Our annual Christmas Eve candle-lighting service is one of the most beautiful and anticipated services of the year. Experience the true meaning of Christmas through readings and carols accompanied by choir, handbells, instrumentalists, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. Plus experience our cathedral-like sanctuary lit up by hundreds of candles. A Tacoma-area tradition!


Save the Date: Celebration of Carols Concert on Dec. 8!

Christmas is coming! Plan now to come to our wonderful FREE Christmas concert on Saturday, December 8 from 4:15-5:30 pm. Sing your favorite Christmas carols accompanied by choir and orchestra at this free annual holiday event for the entire family that combines audience participation with selections by choir, soloists, orchestra, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes! Held in our soaring sanctuary, A Celebration of Carols is a one-of-a-kind event not to be missed. A holiday reception with cookies and hot cider will follow immediately after the concert concludes.