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 “Church 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.

Bell 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.
 
No prior music knowledge is needed to join a bell choir (it helps, of course). We will train you to read your notes. Our bell choirs use a double set of bells so each new member is partnered with an experienced ringer. Rehearsals are planned with fun in mind and our ringers enjoy the rehearsals and ministry to our church and outside groups.
 
For more information please contact the Bell Choir Director Daniel Heath at danielheath7980@msn.com or Sonja West at sonja@nutley.org.

Chapel Bell Ringers 2018-2019 Schedule

  • The Chapel Bell Ringers (5th- 8th grade) meet from 7-8 pm on Wednesday nights in Middleton Parlor (Room 109 on the church map).
  • The first practice for the 2018-2019 school year is on September 19.

Lindsey Bell Ringers 2018-19 Schedule

  • The Lindsey Bell Ringers (9th grade and up) meet from 5:30-6:30 pm on Wednesday nights in Middleton Parlor (Room 109 on the church map).
  • The first practice for the 2018-2019 school year is on September 19.

News and Updates

Rehearsal Updates (dates not listed follow normal schedule above):

  • Wednesday, April 3: Lindsey Bell Choir Rehearsal from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. No Chapel Bell Choir Rehearsal.
  • Wednesday, April 24: No rehearsal for either bell choir.
  • Wednesday, May 15: 50th Anniversary Bell Choir Rehearsal with Lindsey Bell Choir. No Chapel Bell Choir Rehearsal.

Upcoming Bell Performances:

  • On Easter Sunday, April 21, the Lindsey Bell Choir will be performing in the Sunday morning service.
  • On Mother’s Day, May 12, the Chapel Bell Choir will be performing in the Sunday morning service.
  • On Sunday, May 19, the 50th Anniversary Bell Choir will be performing in the Sunday morning service. Anyone who has played in our bell choirs in the last 50 years is invited to join. Contact Bell Choir Director Daniel Heath at danielheath7980@msn.com for more information.

 

Questions?

  • To get more information on how to become involved, contact our Minister of Worship, Dr. Daniel Perrin.
 

Music News

Community Christmas Concert Featuring Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio THIS Sunday

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You are invited this Sunday at 7:00 pm to attend our FREE Community Christmas Concert featuring carol singing and a performance of Saint-Saëns’ wonderful Christmas Oratorio by our Chancel Choir accompanied by strings, harp, and pipe organ. A free-will offering in support of our music program will be taken. Following the concert, there will be a cookies and hot cider reception in Fellowship Hall. Please share this invitation on Facebook and Twitter, and invite friends and family!
 
In my view, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio is perhaps the most beautiful choral work ever composed for the Christmas season. I first heard it over twenty years ago on a CD, and I was entranced. Now when I am stressed out, or if I need inspiration, I will listen to this work. When our Minister of Worship Daniel Perrin told me he wanted to perform this piece for our annual Christmas Concert, I was elated. I have never been able to hear a live performance of this work, and I am looking forward to it. Hearing a live performance of Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you are stressed out, or anxious, or in need of inspiration this Advent season, you need to come! Even if you feel perfectly fine, this musical work will inspire you. I hope to see you at the concert!


SAVE THE DATE: Community Christmas Concert, Dec. 6 @ 7:00 pm

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You are cordially invited to attend a free Community Christmas Concert featuring carols and a performance of Saint-Saëns renowned Christmas Oratorio by the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir accompanied by strings, harp, and pipe organ on Sunday, Dec. 6 @ 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. The concert will be directed by Dr. Daniel Perrin, FPC Minister of Worship. Following the concert, there will be a cookies and hot cider reception in Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends and family!
 

About the Composer and the Oratorio

Sometimes known as the “French Beethoven,” Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) is perhaps most famous for pieces such as Carnival of the Animals and the Organ Symphony, but his work has also been used in nearly 100 Reutlinger / Charles / 1816-1880? / 0530. Camille Saint-Saëns / [cliché Reutlinger]. [Entre 1880 et 1900].films. Saint-Saëns wrote the Christmas Oratorio at age 23 while he was a organist at the Madeleine church in Paris. It is one of the most beautiful pieces ever written for the Advent and Christmas season. Drawing on Biblical texts from Luke, Matthew, John, the Psalms, and the book of Daniel, the Christmas Oratorio is at once peaceful, meditative, and joyous. If you are feeling stressed or anxious or depressed this Christmas season, spend an hour in our Sanctuary listening to the Christmas Oratorio and connect with your Creator—the One who loves you and wants a relationship with you. You won’t be disappointed.



Organ Recital and Lecture TONIGHT!

Don’t miss The Mystical Organ recital and lecture tonight at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Help celebrate the rebuilding of our pipe organ regulator! Did you know that our pipe organ required 15,000 feet of lumber to build, contained more than 3,000 pipes (which, if laid end to end, would extend for two miles), and weighed nearly 15 tons? The organ also used more than 35 miles of electric wiring and utilized 3,800 pneumatic bellows and pouches! Thanks to the generous contributions of FPC members and friends, the static regulator for the organ was rebuilt earlier this fall.

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Banner Days Album Release Concert: Hand Me a Hymnal, Nov. 21 @ 7:30 pm

Come to the album release concert for “Hand Me a Hymnal” by the group The Banner Days on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm. In “Hand Me a Hymnal,” Northwest songwriters Beth Whitney and Bradford Loomis, along with Beth’s husband/upright bassist, Aaron Fishburn, teamed up  with producer, Brandon Bee, to capture their unique take on some beloved hymn classics both ancient and modern. The “Hand Me a Hymnal” album spans the wide breadth from soulful, joyous gospel, to brooding Appalachian ballads; from foot stomping bluegrass to swanky R&B and makes the distance seem minuscule. With their dramatic crescendos, minimalist intensity, and intricate harmonies, The Banner Days have elicited comparisons to The Civil Wars and the Swell Season. The concert also features The Owl Parliament and Emily Ann Peterson.
 

All ages seated. 7:30 pm, show start. 7:00 pm, doors open. TICKETS: $10 Adv. Brown Paper Tickets or $12 Door

“There’s something so magical about the chemistry that Bradford Loomis & Beth Whitney bring…Whitney’s sweet yet strong vocals paired with Loomis’ expressive range make this duo one powerhouse of a pairing.”—SMI
 
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The Mystical Organ: A Special Organ Lecture and Recital at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, Nov. 9

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Experience God in a new way as the First Presbyterian Church (FPC) sanctuary is filled with the powerful and mysterious music of the pipe organ at a special FREE lecture and organ recital on the evening of Monday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 pm. The event will feature Sarah Duffy, who is earning her doctorate in music arts in organ performance from the University of Washington. During the first half of the evening, Duffy will tell the story behind the organ work L’Orgue Mystique and its composer. During the second half of the evening, she will perform selections from the work. Written by French organist and composer Charles Arnould Tournemire (1870-1939), L’Orgue Mystique (“The Mystical Organ”) has been hailed as a “blockbuster” organ work. Inspired by Gregorian Chants, L’Orgue Mystique took five years to complete and provides music for every part of the church year. Deeply Christian, L’Orgue Mystique has also inspired a series of paintings by noted artist Tom Walker. Celebrate the recent rebuild of our organ’s static regulator by attending this concert, and invite your family and friends!

 

About Sarah Duffy
Sarah Duffy is a professional organist, vocalist, and pianist from Allyn, WA. Currently, she is organist at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Tacoma. Prior to Duffy, Sarah 533x800that, she was organist for North American Martyrs Parish in Seattle for five years. Both parishes celebrate the Latin Mass, a beautiful liturgy in which the organ has a historical place. Sarah is also a DMA candidate in organ performance at the University of Washington, where she had experience as a music history TA and as a writing instructor. She is studying the music of Charles Tournemire, which is especially linked to the Latin Mass and Gregorian chant. Before coming back to Washington (Sarah grew up in Gig Harbor), she earned a Master in Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor in Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Sarah’s husband Thomas is a general dentist in Shelton, and they have two lovely daughters who fill their house with giggles and joy.

About FPC’s Pipe Organ
FPC’s organ was originally built by the Reuter Organ Co. of Lawrence, Kansas and was presented to the church in memory of Edwin Swan by his wife Anna Rumbaugh Swan and was dedicated to “the glory of God.” According to a Tacoma News Tribune article from 1924, the organ required 15,000 feet of lumber to build, contained more than 3,000 pipes (which, if laid end to end, would extend for two miles), and weighed nearly 15 tons. The organ also used more than 35 miles of electric wiring and utilized 3,800 pneumatic bellows and pouches. Thanks to the generous contributions of FPC members and friends, the static regulator for the organ was rebuilt earlier this fall.



Ballet Jubilee This Sunday During Worship @ 10:30 am

During our worship service this Sunday, October 18, Ballet Jubilee will perform an interpretive dance to accompany our Chancel Choir, which will be singing “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” as arranged by Gustav Holst. Ballet Jubilee is a dance group from The Ballet Theatre School, a Christian ballet school in Edgewood. Two of the dancers (Rachel Quick and Katherine West) are from FPC, and the school’s director, Kathy Wilson, is the daughter-in-law of FPC member and usher Clay Wilson. Please come and invite your friends!
 
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