THE MINISTRY OF MUSIC
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.
UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS
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.
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.
We hope that our Summer Music Camp, will be the beginning of a new Children’s Choir! If you are interested in attending the Music Camp please contact the church office.
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 hand chimes.