Music is a vibrant part of the worship experience and faith life here at First Baptist Church. Led by Dr. Esther Chang Redington , the various choirs practice on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. In addition to providing music during our Worship services, in December and May we have Music Sunday, a worship experience showcasing the skills of our music program.
We are also proud of our organ, designed by Thad H.H. Outerbridge , which consists of forty-five ranks, thirty-seven couplers, forty-three combination pistons, six reversibles, and 2,322 pipes. Come listen to our organists make full use of this complex instrument!
You are invited to be part of one of the following opportunities to create vital and transforming music:
Sanctuary Adult Vocal Choir
Singing in four-part harmony, the Sanctuary Adult Vocal Choir provides music for our Sunday morning worship service. The Sanctuary Choir, sometimes augmented by choristers from other churches and/or instrumentalists, provides concerts in addition to morning worship. Many of the members of the Sanctuary choir participate each year in community chorus presentations of Handel’s Messiah at Christmas and Mozart’s “Requiem” on Good Friday. The Sanctuary Choir rehearses every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Summer Pick-up Choir
During the summer (July and August) anyone who wishes to sing in the choir may meet with Esther in the Music Room (lower level of the church) half an hour prior to the service to practice as the Pick-up Choir.
Children and Youth Choir
Children and Youth of the church family and wider community are invited to come make music together on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, immediately following worship (12:15 or so). Those who would like to meet with Esther to begin singing together should come to the Music Room (lower level of the church), where they will be served at nut-free/peanut-free snack before making music together. These rehearsals last approximately 30 minutes.
We have three bell choirs providing traditional arrangements for the enjoyment of the congregation: JoyRingers Bell Choir (grade 4 and above), which rehearses every Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.; Harborlight Ringers Bell Choir, which rehearses every Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.; and the Celebration Ringers Bell Choir, which rehearses every Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
All Bell Choirs rehearse in the Chapel on the lower level of the church.
Please contact Esther at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining any one of our vocal or bell ensembles.
Periodically, throughout the church school year, our younger children will also have the opportunity to try their hand at ringing children’s handbells (color-coded to the notes) during our Multiage Children’s Class. They will then have the opportunity to share what they have been practicing in worship. Please contact Julie Flowers at email@example.com with any questions about this initiative, which represents a fun crossover between our Music Department and our Christian Education Department!