Music

Make a joyful noise to the Lord ... give Him glorious praise! (Psalm 66:1-2)

 Choir Picnic May 2016

Stewart Holler Bagpipes

 

For Presbyterians, a strong ministry of music is essential for lifting our hearts to the contemplation of God’s goodness in all things.  First Presbyterian's Music Ministry has a place for all those wishing to use their musical talents, whether singing or playing, novice or experienced.

 

ADULT MUSIC

Chancel Choir
 Rehearsal - 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays (August-May)

Easter 2016The Chancel Choir sings weekly during our morning worship service. In addition, we present two significant offerings of sacred choral music for the congregation and general public: Lessons and Carols in December and Evening of Sacred Music in May. We sing a variety of styles: classical, traditional hymns, spirituals and newly composed sacred pieces. We all share a committed desire to serve and glorify God through our music. New members are always welcome and no audition is necessary.

Joy Ringers
Rehearsal - 5:45-6.45 p.m. Wednesdays (August-May)

Joy RingersThe adult handbell choir, Handbell Polishingthe Joy Ringers, offers a unique opportunity for music making. The choir consists of five octaves of handbells and three octaves of hand chimes. The choir rings intermediate to advanced level literature and performs during morning worship 6-7 times per year. Membership is open to high school students and adults who have some note reading ability and a strong commitment to regular participation.

YOUTH WORSHIP AND MUSIC

Youth Pouring WaterYouth Liturgists
One important way we lift up our youth in worship is our Youth Liturgist ministry. We encourage our youth who have a desire to pursue public speaking and leadership roles to participate. Four to five times per school year, each Youth Liturgist will read the first Scripture Lesson during our morning worship service. This is a very special ministry in the life of our church and has truly blessed both the readers and the congregation members who have benefited from this practice. Please contact the Church office ( or 803-773-3814) to register as a Youth Liturgist.

Youth Choir
Calling all SINGERS! This group is open to all youth (grades 6-12).  It meets on an occasional basis throughout the school year to consider the intersection of music, worship, and the world; and to prepare to lead worship by lifting voices. This group has a flexible schedule but appreciates active and committed participants. Please contact Joni Brown ( or 803-773-3814) if you would like to sing, sing, sing!

Youth Handbells - Rehearsal September-April from 5:00-5:45 p.m. on Sundays.
Youth Handbell Choir is open to all youth (grades 6-12).  It does require active and regular participation, but the benefits of learning a new form of music, growing in faith, and fellowship with one another all make it well worth the effort. Please contact Joni Brown ( or 803-773-3814) if you are/your youth is interested in being a part of this group! 

CHILDREN'S CHOIR

Children's ChoirChildren's Choir With Instruments 

The goal of the Children's Music Ministry at First Presbyterian Church is to provide an opportunity for children to experience Jesus Christ through music, to share that experience with our congregation, and to provide an occasion for children to actively participate in worship. Our children rehearse on a regular basis and participate in worship 2-3 times each semester.  For more information on Children's Choir contact the Church Office (803-773-3814) to be connected to Jessica Bettinger or Joni Brown.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

InstrumentalistsInstrumental music is an important component of worship at First Presbyterian. Brass, woodwind, percussion, strings, and guitar soloists or small Trumpetensembles participate in worship and accompany the choir throughout the year. The combined orchestra performs in worship 2-3 times per year. The rehearsal schedule is flexible as needed. There is no audition, but note-reading skills are important. Instrumentalists of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Boy PianistGirl Pianist

Our Organ
Stoddard HamiltonOne of the most prominent features of our music program Bill Scobeeis a 51-Rank Schantz pipe organ. This exquisite instrument is dedicated to long-time organist Bill Scobee.  Present organist, Hamilton Stoddard, plays for all First Presbyterian services, and also gives lessons on the organs in the Sanctuary and Chapel.

Great
Chimes
Nachthorn 4
Rohrflöte 8
Mixture V
Fifteenth 2
Octave 4
Principal 8
Festival Trumpet 8
Twefth 2 2/3
Violone 8
Violone 16
Sw–Gt 16, 8, 4
Ch–Gt 16, 8, 4
Choir
Ch 4
Ch 16
Tremulant
Krummhorn 8
Erzähler 8
Erzähler Celeste 8
Quinte 1 1/3
Koppel Flöte 4
Holz Gedackt 8
Holz Gedackt 16
Festival Trumpet 8
Scharf III
Octave 2
Principal 4
Geigen Diapason 8
Sw–Ch 16, 8, 4
Gt–Ch 8
Swell
Sw 4
Sw 16
Clairon 4
Basson Hautbois 16
Plein Jeu IV
Prestant 4
Viole de Gambe 8
Unison Off
Hautbois 8
Trompette 8
Flûte Conique 2
Flûte Harmonique 4
Bourdon 8
Viole Celeste 8
Festival Trumpet 8
Tremulant
Voix Humaine 8
Tierce 1 3/5
Nasard 2 2/3
Pedal
Hautbois 8
Haubois 4
Basson Hautbois 16
Violone 8
Violone 16
Flöte 4
Resultant 32
Flöten Bass 8
Klarine 4
Holz Gedacht 16
Posaune 16
Brummbass 16
Mixture IV
Choral Bass 4
Trompette 8
Octave 8
Kontra Posaune 32
Principal 16
Holz Gedacht 8
Resultant 32
Gt–Pd 8
Sw–Pd 8, 4
Ch–Pd 8, 4

First Presbyterian Church has recently been blessed with a restored Chapel Organ. Our 9-Rank Möller is the perfect instrument for smaller church services and weddings in an intimate space.

Great
Bourdon 16
Geigen 8
Gedeckt 8
Dulciana
Mixture II
Octave 4
Gedeckt 4
Flute 2
Doublette 2
Tremelo
Sw-Gt
Swell
Viole de Gambe 8
Viole Celeste 8
Nachthorn 4
Gambe 4
Nachthorn 2
Trompette 16
Trompette 8
Trompette 4
Tremelo
Pedal
Bourdon 16
Geigen 8
Gedeckt 8
Viola de Gambe 8
Octave 4
Nachthorn 4
Mixture II
Trompette 16
Trompette 8
Trompette 4
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