Music Ministry



Worship is at the heart of the life and mission of First Presbyterian Church of Monroe. Through participation in our choirs and music programs, all ages are encouraged in a joyful faith in God. Singing in a choir, ringing in a bell choir, playing a wide variety of instruments in a supportive and creative environment, our participants are trained to be leaders in worship. In addition, the fine arts, drama, and visual arts ministries provide numerous opportunities that enrich our faith journey.


Keeping a Holy Lent

March 1 Ash Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

Remember that thou art dust, and to dust you will return.

Clergy and Choir lead this service of scripture, prayer, and singing.The imposition of ashes is followed by Holy Communion.Music from Taize’ and anthems by Stainer and Althouse will be sung.

March 5 Holy Communion Sunday

The first Lenten Sunday begins with the Gospel story of Satan temptingJesus in the wilderness. Harpist Mary Vincent will play two Bach pieces, and the Choir will sing “Lord, I Stretch My Hands to You” by Jay Althouse.

March 12 Jesus Encounters Nicodemus

Our Lenten Series continues with Nicodemus asking questions of Jesus. Jesus answers him with some of the most famous words in scripture. The Choir sings “God So Loved the World” by  John Stainer.

March 19 The Samaritan Woman at the Well

Our Liturgical Players will enact this meeting between Jesus and the woman at the well, and Jesus tells her about “Living Water.” The Choir will sing “Down to the River to Pray,” an Appalachian folk hymn, and the Sanctus Bells will play . An original hymn has been written by Dr. Kidder for each Sunday’s theme.

March 26 Jesus Heals the Blind Man

We learn about spiritual blindness and Jesus, “the balm of aching wounds. The Choir Sings “It is Well With My Soul” by Craig Courtney and two Liturgical Players will read the poem, “Blind Insight.”

April 2 Lazarus and Jesus

Another miracle is performed by Jesus when he brings Lazarus back to life. This will be interpretted in a liturgical dance by dancer Isabella Ingels and flutist Douglas Stewart playing Bach’s Flute Sonata No. 2, Siciliano. The Choir will sing “My Soul Will Triumph” by David Resnick.

April 9 Palm Sunday

The Choir sings the African American Spiritual “Ride On, King Jesus” arranged for four-hand piano and choir. The service begins with festivity with the procession of palms and ends with solemnity as we enter into Holy Week.

April 13 Maundy Thursday

The Last Supper is celebrated. The Choir will sing “A Lenten Prayer by Hal Hopson and the Church is stripped.

Arpril 14 Good Friday

Good Friday Service will be held at St Paul’s Methodist Church. Our two choirs will join together to sing “Come to the Shadow” by Joseph Martin, “Three Crosses of Shame” by Lloyd Martin, and “And Can it Be?” by Dan Forrest.

April 16 Easter

He is risen! Our Easter morning will be joyfully celebrated with Brass Quartet, Handbell Choir, andSanctuary Choir.


Sanctuary Choir

Rehearses: Every Wednesday from 7:30 -9:00 pm
High school through adult singers lead worship services every Sunday. In addition, the Sanctuary Choir presents special cantatas twice a year with instrumental ensembles. No audition required but some prior choral experience helpful. Regular commitment is important.

Gloria Ringers

Rehearses: Every Wednesday from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
High school through adult handbell ringers play in worship approximately once a month. Some music reading ability is helpful. The choir rings on 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells and 3 octaves of Malmark chimes. New ringers are always welcome.


Instrumentalists play in a variety of ways in worship: as a group, individually, in duets and smaller ensembles, serving the needs of the worship and the music. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed. Please contact the Music Director if you play an instrument and would like to share your gifts with our church.

Children's Choir

We hope that our Summer Music Camp, being held this summer August 15 -19 at our church, will be the beginning of a new Children's Choir! If you are interested in attending the Music Camp please see the registration form on our website.


Our church is blessed with several exceptional instruments, especially our Moller pipe organ and 9' concert grand Baldwin piano. The Moller organ was a gift of Mr and Mrs Don B Leathers in 1952. The organ was installed with the Great, Choir, Swell, and Pedal divisions located on either side of the chancel behind a woodwork grille and the Echo in the back of the sanctuary, above the large rose window. In 2004 Richard Houghten and Associates completed an extensive renovation, including a Solid State organ System, multi-level memory capture system,MIDI ports, and complete draw knob and tab replacement.
The church also owns 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells and 3 octaves of handchimes.