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 or Sonja West at

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 for more information.



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

Music News

Easter Sunday Celebration at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian on April 21

On Easter Sunday (April 21), celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the new life He brings to all who trust Him in the cathedral-like sanctuary of historic First Presbyterian Church, one of Tacoma’s architectural treasures. Located at the corner of Division and Tacoma Ave. S., First Presbyterian welcomes the community to its Easter celebration service from 10:30-11:45 am. The service will feature more than 70 musicians, including orchestra, handbell choir, piano, Chancel Choir, worship band, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes! A special Easter message will be delivered by nationally recognized author and speaker Dr. Eric Jacobsen, Lead Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma.

Good Friday: The Last Words

On Good Friday, mark Christ’s death on the cross through singing, the sacrament of Communion, and The Last Words, an original choral and dramatic work by Dr. Daniel Perrin presented by the First Presbyterian Chancel Choir, instrumental ensemble, pipe organ, and actor Kevin Pitman, along with special artwork curated by FPC member Josiah Wombacher. The Last Words tells the story of Jesus’ final words from the cross. Each year, the centurion who carried out the death sentence of Christ returns to the place where it occurred to pay homage to the man he put to death.  The presentation will be followed by Communion accompanied by the FPC worship band. Be sure to invite your friends and family to this special hour-long experience, which will take place in the soaring cathedral-like sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church (20 Tacoma Ave. S.) at 7:00 pm on April 19.

FPC Canon: Crown Him with Many Crowns

This Sunday at FPC we will be singing “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” one of the songs in the FPC Canon. This hymn draws from Revelation 19:12, and its verses were written by two different individuals, one Catholic and the other Protestant. We only sing some of the verses, but you can read all of the verses here. “Crown Him with Many Crowns” is a wonderful song to sing when you are feeling down because of the brokenness and evil in our world. It points us to the truth that Christ is ultimately Savior and King. Enjoy some of the many performances of this inspiring hymn in the playlist below.

Stories of Church Music

This Sunday (January 27), the FPC Library will be displaying books about church music and hymns. We will be singing some famous hymns along with our other great music in the service. Stop by the library and learn more about the history of church music and various famous hymns!
Our books about church music and hymns can be found in our online catalog here. When they are not being displayed they can be found in the Non-Fiction section under the number 244.
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. You can contact us by email here.

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!