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"Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!" (Psalm 95:2)

The Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church provide opportunities for all to enrich their faith through music. We enjoy the Christian fellowship of rehearsing together and increasing our musical knowledge and skill. Should you wish to join one of the music groups, please see contact our Director of Music, Adam Scott Graham. Our music ministry is dedicated to bein diverse, singing everything from the great European tradition as well as contemporary praise, gospel, jazz, taize, as well as different languages such as French, German, Italian, Latin, and Igbo. 

Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir PhotoThe Chancel Choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. worship service from the Sunday after Labor Day through Trinity Sunday and rehearses weekly on Thursday nights from 7-9pm. Warm-up on Sundays begins promptly at 10am. Most Sundays, the choir sings an Introit, Anthem, and Benediction. While this ensemble is non-auditioned, those interested should speak with our Director of Music. 

The Chancel Choir sings at both the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services on Easter Sunday. In addition, our Chancel Choir leads worship on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and the evening service on Good Friday.  Over the summer while the Chancel Choir as a whole is on a well-deserved break, individual members sing solo works during services as well as volunteer instrumentalists.

Each year on the third Saturday of December at 5pm our Chancel Choir presents George Fridric Handel's "Messiah." We offer this free of charge, featuring local professional soloists and instrumentalists. All are invited to join in singing the "Hallelujah Chorus." Under the leadership of our Director of Music, we have also presented concerts at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America (DC), and have partnered with local choirs for certain events. 

Children's Choir

In our Sunday School program (pre-K through grade 5), we offer a Children's Choir for boys and girls that rehearses from 10-10:30am every Sunday from September to May. We sing, play musical games and rhythm instruments, and move to the music! Several times a year, the children sing during the 11:00 a.m. service. Each year, they sing during the Christmas Eve Children's service at 5pm. 


Our church has a four octave set of hand bells and a set of handchimes. Rehearsals will begin on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 7-8:30pm. The handbells lead us in worship on the first Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve, first Sunday in Lent, Palm Sunday, and Trinity Sunday. This ensemble is ideal for those ages fourteen and up. Ability to read music at a profficient level is required.   

Instrumental Music

Many of our church members and friends who play various musical instruments volunteer their talents during Sunday worship. From time to time, the choirs will be accompanied by various instruments and Sunday worship may also include special works for the flute, clarinet, oboe, violin or piano, or other instruments. Recent guest instrumental groups include La Unica (a band playing a fusion of Irish and salsa music) and the Howard University Brass Quintet. 

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Join us for worship on Sundays at 8:30am with weekly Communion, and 11am with Chancel Choir, Children's Choir, Handbells, and Communion on the first Sunday of the month. 

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Children's and Youth Ministry

Children’s and Youth Ministry

We are thrilled to welcome Cali Bronkema as our new Director of Children's and Youth Ministry! Cali will be with us beginning on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Children's/Youth Choir will resume on Sunday, September 15 from 9:30am-10am upstairs in the Rally Room.

At First Church, we partner with families to guide and nurture children and youth, providing plenty of ways to encourage kids to know and follow Jesus Christ and be faithful members of his church. Learn how we approach spiritual development of children and youth.