Ministry of Music
The ministry of music nurtures the spiritual life of the entire church. Its first priority is to contribute to the worship life of the congregation. At its heart, music in the church is based on relationships as much as it is on music itself: the individual's relationship to God, the group's understanding of its relationship to God, and the relationship between people. As such, it is a vehicle through which the church is able to fulfill its ministry.
Ministry through music means different things to different people: to those who participate actively, it is a means of stewardship and expression of faith. To pastors, it represents a means of expression and edification of spiritual concepts. To listeners and responders, it becomes a means of expression of praise, thanksgiving, confession, gratitude, adoration and worship of God. The ministry of music at First Pres is an inclusive program, encompassing many musical styles and eras, all ages and abilities, speaking to and drawing from the musical heritage of the whole church.
Under the leadership of Tom Granum, Director of Music Ministries, and Carol Muehlig, Associate Director of Music, and a host of gifted volunteers, the music program at First Presbyterian is alive and active. Please join us!
Choral Groups and Instrumental Ensembles
Alleluia Choir: K-2nd Grade, Wednesdays 5:15 - 6:00 p.m., Room 404. Rehearsals begin September 26 and
end December 19. The conductor is Doris Granum.
Hosanna Choir: 3rd-5th grade, Wednesdays, 5:15 - 6:00 p.m., Choir Room. Rehearsals begin September 26 and end December 19. The conductor is Tom Granum; contact him at 662-4466, ext 347 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Choir: 6th-12th grade, Sundays, September 9 - December 16, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.., Choir Room
The conductor is Tom Granum; contact him at 662-4466, ext 347 or at email@example.com
Chancel Choir: College and older, Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., Choir Room. Led by Director of Music Ministries, Tom Granum; contact him at 662-4466, ext.347 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sanctus and Gloria Handbell Ringers: High school and older; directed by Carol Muehlig, Mondays 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Room 403; contact Carol Muehlig, 662-4466, ext. 351
Recorder Ensemble: Adult, Contact Linda Speck at 677-0620 for rehearsal and worship schedules.
Presbyterian Church Orchestra: The orchestra plays for church services four times during the school year, and is open to all ages and instruments. They rehearse from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, with no rehearsals during December. Auditions are not required. If you would like to give us a try, call Gerry Leckrone at 971-3103 or just come to our first rehearsal Sunday, October 7 in the Youth Room.
The Organs at First Presbyterian Church
In the Sanctuary - The organ in our sanctuary, installed in 2001, was built by Schoenstein & Co. of San Francisco. It consists of 2,474 pipes, placed in 42 ranks (33 voices). Schoenstein and Co. was established in 1877 and is now under the artistic direction of fourth- and fifth-generation organ builders. Its president and tonal director, Jack Bethards, designed the instrument specifically for First Presbyterian Church. In his 49 years of pipe organ work and research, Mr. Bethard's organ design and restoration consulting clients have included the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, to name a few.
This enchanted instrument is played from a movable console of three keyboards and a pedal board. The tonal resources of the instrument combine elements of the major schools of organ building throughout history. In this way the organ inspires an outstanding musical environment for worship as well as providing a superior means for the performance of the music of great composers. It is a highly versatile instrument with a great variety of tone and color and with a wide range of expressiveness necessary for accompaniment and solo work. It also has the power to accompany a full congregation. Though not a huge instrument, Mr. Bethards has met his goal of "elegance achieved through economy of resources."
The pipes are made of wood, tin, lead, and zinc. Woods used in construction of the organ include maple, oak, poplar, and mahagony. The console is made of oak and polished walnut and uses polisched ebony drawknobs on brass shanks. The keys are of bone and ebony. The Schoenstein Electric-Pneumatic System is used throughout. The Solid State Capture Combination Action includes 16 memories, 60 pistons, programmable piston range for each memory, 16 crescendo and full organ programs and 5 reversibles.
It is the hope of the church that this instrument will serve not only the needs of our immediate congregation but also the musical needs of a wider musical community. The words of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are echoed again: "In my eyes and ears the organ will ever be the King of Instruments."
In Monteith Hall
A Moeller pipe organ, generously donated by Ronald Sutton, was installed in Monteith Hall at First Presbyterian in the fall of 2005. The organ has two manuals and three ranks of pipes. Together with the beautiful grand piano in that space, it provides us with great musical flexibility for weddings, funerals, and our more intimate 8:00 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Sunday services. The pipes are located in the back of the hall; the console is in the front, opposite the piano.
The organ was used as a practice instrument by Ronald's wife, Ruth. She was the organist at Knox Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, and had played for us at First Pres on several occasions. Ron plays in our bell choir, sings in the Chancel Choir, and is a past director of the Church Orchestra.
We are most grateful to the Sutton family for this wonderful gift, which adds great beauty to our worship and will always be used to the glory of God.