Vocal and instrumental music in many genres are integral to the way we worship, hear the scriptures and build Christian community at First Church. The Chancel Choir, a quartet of top-tier soloists, the Handbell Choir, the Children’s Choir and frequent special guests contribute regularly to worship — always pursuing excellence and community — and led by our Director of Music Dan Inglis.
Our sanctuary is home to a 1975 Schantz neo-Baroque pipe organ, a Steinway grand piano and a Zuckermann French double harpsichord. Other instruments are often a part of our services as well, played by members of the choir, youth members and special guests. In January 2018, we will launch our Featured Musician Series, highlighting the contributions of one guest musician every month.
Samples of music done by our church choirs can be found on the choir videos page.
Musicians and aspiring musicians interested in getting involved with the vibrant music ministry at First Church are welcome to get in touch with Director of Music Dan Inglis.
The Chancel Choir is open to adults and high school students who can carry a tune. They meet for rehearsals on Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 pm, and sing at each Sunday worship service, from September through mid-June. They also sing special services during Holy Week (the week before Easter) and the 4 and 8 pm Christmas Eve services. The Choir collaborates frequently with the Handbell Choir, the Children’s Choir, and guest instrumentalists, offers a nurturing and high-level training and performing opportunity for high school students and adults, and frequently features new music written or arranged especially for First Church. The Choir enjoys the professional leadership of a quartet of top-tier soloists, who also take turns leading music during the summer months.…
The Handbell Choir is open to adults and high school students who can count to four. Music literacy, while a part of daily operations for the Handbell Choir, is especially easy to teach and learn in this context since each new ringer can be responsible for reading and preparing as little as one note. Special handbell techniques are taught to all members throughout the year as well. They meet for rehearsals on Thursdays, from 6:15-7:15 pm from fall through spring. The Handbell Choir plays during Sunday worship services approximately once a month.…
The Ruth Perry Award was established by First Church through donations from its members to honor Ruth Perry, who was music director from 1931 to 1971, for her contributions to the musical ministry of First Church. The intent of the award is to recognize those graduating high school seniors who have participated significantly in the musical life of the church.
Each year the Music Committee may vote to award one or more awards from the interest accrued in the Ruth Perry Scholarship Fund. The recipient(s) and the amount(s) of the individual award(s) will be determined by a majority vote of members of the Music Committee, the Minister and Director of Music. It will be the prerogative of the Music Committee to abstain from awarding any grant in any given year.
Beginning May 1 each year, the application is open to high school seniors. The award(s) will be given on a Sunday in June.
The Recipient must:
be a member of First Church.
be a graduating high school senior who is pursuing post high school studies.
have been an active participant in the musical life of First Church. Examples of active participation are:
Membership in church musical organizations
Instrumental performance at church services
Musical participation at other church activities
Assistance to the Director of Music; assistance at church-related musical functions; cataloging of music; other assistance at the discretion of the Director of Music.