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

Join Us For Christmas Eve TONIGHT at 7:00 pm!

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We had a fantastic rehearsal last night for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Now all you need to do is  join us TONIGHT @ 7:00 pm for the real thing. You might want to come early to get a good seat. This year’s service will feature scripture readings, the Lindsey Bell Choir, a wind ensemble, the Chancel Choir, guitars, a message by Pastor Eric, and more. Invite your friends and family to this Tacoma area tradition and celebrate the real meaning of the season. The night will start off pre-service with carols being played on the chimes in our church tower outside and a wonderful prelude of Christmas music played by our organist Patrice Barnett on our magnificent pipe organ inside.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Dec. 24 @ 7:00 pm

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Join us for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols on Thursday, December 24th @ 7:00 pm. This year’s service will include dramatic scripture readings, a special message by Senior Pastor Eric Jacobsen, and music from the Lindsey Bell Choir, the Chancel Choir, chamber singers, a wind ensemble, and our magnificent pipe organ with thousands of pipes. The service culminates with the singing of “Silent Night” accompanied by guitars and hundreds of candles, followed by the singing of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” As in past years, there will be a lot of familiar elements in the service, but also some new additions. One thing to look forward to this year is our Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin’s stunning new arrangement of Michael Card’s song “Immanuel,” which will involve the Chancel Choir, the wind ensemble, the pipe organ, soloist Kristina Pope, and the congregation. We are usually packed on Christmas Eve, so come early to get a seat… and also to hear the bells in our bell tower playing Christmas Carols. Invite your friends and family to this Tacoma-area tradition.


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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