Music at First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church continues to be blessed with a strong music program. Our glorious pipe organ is beautifully played for each service. The resounding beauty of hymns and special music fill the sanctuary, and ministers to everyone in attendance.
The Chancel Choir sings beautifully as they lead the congregation in song. The choir praises God through traditional as well as gospel and contemporary Christian songs. The Chancel Choir is accompanied by pipe organ or grand piano. Hand bells, instruments, guitars, and percussion are occasionally incorporated into the arrangements. The choir practices at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Everyone who has a song in their heart and an ability to sing is welcome to join in the rehearsals and in Sunday services
First Presbyterian Church has five octaves of awe-inspiring handbells. Those who have a desire to learn more about handbells or to be part of the Handbell Choir are encouraged to talk to the church’s music director.
Installation of First Presbyterian’s current Teller Organ was completed in 1970. It replaced the original instrument that had been in place since 1927.
The pipe organ has three keyboards, a pedal board, and a division, called Positiv, which couples into either the swell, the great, or the choir keyboard. Each of the three keyboards has 61 keys. This organ has 53 ranks and each rank has 61 pipes. This means that there are 3,233 pipes in the organ chambers.
The Teller Organ has had several memory systems that have allowed the organist to set as many as 80 different combinations of stops. The latest memory system is a programmable, multi-memory system with MIDI capabilities.
A new console was built by the Reuters Organ Company in 2014.
One of the new things about this installation was that the cantilevers were built so some of the pipes could be exposed. All pipes on the great, positive, and pedal keyboards are on the cantilevers. The swell and choir pipes are in rooms on both sides of the Chancel on the third floor.
Another interesting item is that the console is movable so that it can be placed in the middle of the Chancel for recitals or other organ performances. This organ installation is a wonderful part of our beautiful sanctuary and adds much to the music of First Presbyterian Church.