Our worship through music

Chancel Choir – Grant Farmer, director

When:  Sings every Sunday at the 11 a.m. service

What:  SATB vocal arrangements, spanning a wide range of musical genres

Who:  Singers high school age and older

Rehearsals:  Thursday - 7:00-8:15 p.m. and Sunday – 10:15 a.m., in Room 25

 

9 AM Ensemble – Grant Farmer, director

When:  Sings most Sundays at the 9 a.m. service

What:  A flexible and fluid group who musically lead a less formal worship experience.  (A great opportunity to be involved for those who may not be able to make a firm weekly commitment)

Who:  Singers and instrumentalists

Rehearsals:  8:15 Sunday mornings, in the sanctuary

 

Handbell Choir - Brian McNulty, director

When:  Shares musical offerings with the congregation four times a year

What:  A 4-octave ensemble

Who:  No handbell experience is required, but the ability to read music is a big plus

Rehearsals:  Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Room 30

 

Children’s Choir - Eileen Jennings, director

When:  Offers special music for worship services periodically throughout the year, and also participates in the annual Christmas Pageant

What:  An introduction to worship through music for our younger congregants

Who:  Singers through Jr. High age, and instrumentalists who would like to play carols for the Christmas Pageant. 

Rehearsals:  Sundays immediately after 11 a.m. worship, in Room 25

 

Special Music – Contact Grant Farmer

When: Any time we worship or fellowship

What:  Through the years, we have enjoyed a wide range of offerings, from a flute choir, to vocal and instrumental soloists, to a bluegrass group.

Who:  Anyone with a talent to share

The FPC Hymnal

Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal was introduced in 2013.  It includes 800 hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs.  About half of the hymns are from the 1990 Presbyterian hymnal, with the remaining pieces coming from former Presbyterian hymnals, other denominational songbooks, and individual authors and composers.  Music is included from six different continents, and covers all major historical and contemporary sacred genres.  It includes a musical setting of almost every Sunday lectionary psalm. 

The FPC Organ

Congregational singing is vital to worship at First Presbyterian Church, and the Paul Fritts Op. 41 organ is the ideal instrument to lead it.   The 2-manual 36-stop instrument, built at the Fritts Organ Shop in Tacoma, Washington, was dedicated to the service of the church in February 2018.  It was designed in appearance and sound to strongly connect to significant historic organs throughout Northern Europe and central Germany.  While each stop has a distinct personality, the organ offers innumerable small and large combinations. Essential to its sound is a German Baroque influence, which is brilliantly blended with older and more modern characteristics on the Swell, such as the Hautbois, celestes, Principal, swell box, and combination action.  It was mechanically designed to thrive in Indiana weather, with wooden components treated to enable a change in dimensions as the humidity fluctuates.  The mechanical action of the keys, which literally hang from the valves that wind the pipes, is self-adjusting throughout the seasons.  The voicing of the 2300 pipes was optimized for the acoustics of the sanctuary and the musical needs of a singing congregation.  Aesthetically, architectural ratios found in the church sanctuary were considered when designing the instrument casework, and hand carved pipe shades are painted with gold leaf to enhance the visibility of the intricate detail.

Church Address: 

221 East Sixth Street

Bloomington, IN 47408

Phone: (812) 332-1514

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