At First Presbyterian Church, we are rooted in a historical and liturgical worship tradition that connects us to generations of believers, and we continue to build on that tradition. Music is an important part of our worship. All of the music in our worship, including hymns, anthems, solos, and instrumental music, is an offering of praise, thanks, and prayer to God. First Presbyterian Church enjoys a long and outstanding tradition of great music. Opportunities are available for all ages. Please contact Dr. John Coble for questions or if interested in joining any of the choirs below.
Chancel Choir (college and above) sings for 11:00 Sunday services and special services, including Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. This choir periodically performs major choral works with orchestra. Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Music Suite.
Handbell Choir plays First Presbyterian’s three octave set of Schulmerich handbells. All openings in the Handbell Choir are currently filled, but positions may become available, and other handbell choirs may be formed in the future. Rehearsals: Monday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Music Suite.
Celebration Singers (Grade 6 – Grade 12) sing monthly for 11:00 services and for the annual Youth Sunday service. Celebration Singers have taken domestic and international tours, and often attend the Montreat Worship and Music summer conference. Rehearsals: Sundays, 5:30-6:00 p.m. in the Music Suite.
St. Andrews Choir
St. Andrews Choir (Grade 2 – Grade 5) sings monthly for 11:00 a.m. services and special services. The St. Andrews Choir uses a Chorister Training Program based on the Voice for Life/RSCM scheme specifically adapted for our use. Choir members receive training in music reading, vocal skills, worship and liturgy, as well as general responsibilities of being a choir member (attendance, caring for robes and music, being respectful and supportive of others, and being leaders in worship). For each level of the program completed, the sing will be awarded a medal and ribbon.
The goal of the Chorister Training Program is to provide a positive, structured learning environment where singers learn about music, singing, worship, teamwork, stewardship, responsibility, and respect, while gaining confidence in themselves, and offering their best to God in worship. Rehearsals: Sunday, 4:30-5:15 p.m. in the Music Suite.
(4 Year Olds – Grade 1) emphasizes singing with good diction and good posture, playing instruments, movement, beginning music reading, and learning about being a member of a group. Choristers learn about worship and how music helps us celebrate the church year. The Cherub Choir has sung in the Christmas Pageant in December, on Palm Sunday, and on other special occasions. This choir sings a variety of age-appropriate anthems, hymns, and original teaching songs. Rehearsals: Sunday, 4:30-5:15 p.m. in the Music Suite.
The Mellows perform a unique ministry by traveling to sing in assisted living and retirement communities and nursing homes in the Athens area. The Mellows sing on Thursday afternoons at various locations.
Instrumentalists are needed to accompany choirs, play in ensembles, and as soloists in our worship services. All levels and ages are welcome.
“What Was I Thinking?”
Notes and background on music in worship
A series of written articles and videos explaining the process of planning music for worship. More detailed background will be presented on hymns, service music, solos, organ music, and other instrumental music.
“How Can I Keep From Singing?”
Hymns at Home
A guide to using hymns and hymnals at home for personal devotion and singing.