"Sing to the Lord a new song, for the Lord has done marvelous things. . . . Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands; lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing. Sing to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the voice of song. With trumpets and the sound of the horn shout with joy before the Sovereign, the Lord." Psalm 98:1, 4-6
First Presbyterian Church provides many opportunities to praise God through music. With a variety of adult, youth and children's singing choirs and several instrumental ensembles, there's a place for you to be a part of our exciting ministries! For more information about our Ministries Through Music, please contact Rick Ingram, Interim Director of Music Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-662-4466, ext. 347.
Director of Music Ministries - Job Opportunity
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor seeks a Director of Music Ministries. This full-time position offers an opportunity to join a worship team that aims to sustain the church’s cherished and long-standing excellence in the tradition of sacred music supported by its Schoenstein organ, and at the same time looks forward to embracing more diverse traditions, new media, and broader definitions of the sacred as the congregation moves toward a wider range in its forms of worship.
Children's Choir (grades K-5)
Children learn to praise God as they develop their voices and musical skills through a variety of experiences. They generally sing for Sunday-morning worship several times each term. Children are invited to sing in the Children’s Choir.
Youth Choir (grades 6-12)
Youth continue to develop their singing voices and other musical skills as they prepare for musical leadership in worship. They generally sing about once per month at the 11:00 a.m. service. Additional opportunities for study and for worship leadership are also available by contacting Rick Ingram.
Chancel Choir (high school - adult)
Chancel Choir is open to singers from high-school age through adult and invites new singers to join them.
The Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in Monteith Hall. All are welcome. We would love to greet new choir members as well as returning folks. Raise your voice in song with us.
Sanctus Ringers Handbell Choir
Beginners are welcome to join our adult handbell choir, which provides worship leadership several times each term. Rehearsals: Mondays, 7:00 p.m., starting September 11.
This ensemble plays for various worship services several times each year. Please contact Rick Ingram for more information about rehearsal dates and times.
Orchestra (high school and adult)
The orchestra comprises strings, winds and percussion, and they play for morning worship several times during the academic year.
Music Ministry Staff
Rick Ingram, Interim Director of Music Ministries
Linda Speck, Recorder Ensemble
Opportunities for Support Our Music Ministries
Sacred Music Fund
Gifts to the Sacred Music Fund support our recruiting additional instrumentalists, scheduling guest conductors, and purchasing music for our choirs not covered by the general budget.
Additional Choir Robes
We’ve purchased some additional choir robes in much-needed sizes for our growing choirs! Some people like to “give a robe,” i.e., make a financial gift to cover the cost of a robe in honor or in memory of someone. If “giving a robe,” the price of a robe is $160. If you would like to “give a robe,” please include the name(s) of the donor as you wish it listed, whether it’s “in memory of ...” or “in honor of ...” and the name(s) of the person(s) in whose honor or memory the robe is given. Please contact Rick Ingram for more information.
The Organs at First Presbyterian Church
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."
Monteith Hall Organ
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.