Music

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First Pres Presents its next musical offering of the 2023-2024 year,
Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra Baroque and Organ Spectacular
Saturday, January 27 @ 4:00pm
FPCLY Sanctuary

Let the timeless sounds of Bach and Handel uplift your spirit and take you on a musical journey as the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra performs at First Presbyterian Church!  In this First Pres Presents Fine Arts Series concert to kick-off the 2024 calendar year, the orchestra will be accompanied by Cory Whittier (First Presbyterian’s organist) on the church’s newly renovated 3,392 pipe organ and vocalist Randall Scarlata.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students.  Tickets can be purchased by clicking the link below, calling the Lynchburg Symphony office at 845-6604 or at the door the afternoon of the concert.

One week after the above concert, First Pres Presents Fine Arts Series will host a second 2024 musical offering featuring the
Southern Virginia University Chamber Singers
Saturday, February 3 @ 4:00pm

The Southern Virginia University Chamber Singers will travel over the mountain to present a special winter concert! First Pres Presents is excited to host SVU’s premiere student choral ensemble. The SVU Chamber Singers seek to “spread joy through heavenly music while building community with compassion, integrity, and excellence.”  We are looking forward to these young voices filling the air in the Sanctuary and sharing their God-given gifts. The concert is free; however, a gift offering will be collected at the conclusion of the concert!

Music at First Presbyterian

Music has been a fundamental part of Christian worship since the first church communities were established.  Its contribution to worship inspires our spirituality and sets a proper tone of joy and reverence within each worshiper. The mission of the music program at FPCLY is to praise God through a wide variety of musical opportunities available to all who wish to participate.

We have singing and bell ringing programs for adults and children. Both of which continue to contribute to First Presbyterian’s rich history of choral and bell ensembles.

The music program at First Presbyterian Church is a vibrant and growing ministry that we invite all to participate in regardless of age or level of musical training. To learn more about our music program or to jump right in and sing or ring with us, please contact our Organist and Choir Director, Cory Whittier.

Adult Music Opportunities

Chancel Choir...come sing with us!

The Chancel choir provides weekly music for worship services and presents a number of concerts each year. The Chancel choir includes all adults and youth who love to sing!

The Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:15-9:00 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 8:45am to 9:10am September through May.

All are welcome to join this active ensemble! No audition is necessary!

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Chancel Ringers...come ring with us!

The Chancel Ringers is our bell choir that provides music in worship services throughout the year. Minimal musical experience is required and we will work with you to try to improve your musical abilities! The skill of bell ringing is one anyone interested can achieve and enjoy.

 The ringers meet to rehearse on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:15, September through May.

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Music Opportunities for Children

We know that music and movement are effective ways for children to grow and learn in all facets of life.  We offer our children opportunities to learn songs and motions during our Sunday School classes each week.  The kids spend a few weeks learning and practicing songs before sharing their gifts with the faith community at worship!

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The Sanctuary Organ

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organ keyboard console with three levels of keys and many stops and foot pedals

Builder: Foley-Baker, 2022

Since the fall of 2023, First Presbyterian has been blessed with a new, large pipe organ, built by the Foley-Baker company of Tolland, CT. This organ serves the congregation through its beautiful tones, high quality and lasting construction, and provides musical accompaniment for countless areas of worship. The organ itself contains 3,392 pipes, 58 ranks (sets of pipes), and 46 stops (voices). The console is powered by state-of-the-art technology through Syndyne. Specifically it allows for recording and playback, 100 internal memory levels with additional memory levels via USB, transposer, sequencer, pedal divide, manual transfer, and customizable crescendo.

While some of the original pipework was maintained from the original Möller organ, most of the pipes and all mechanical aspects of the organ are new. The organ was designed with the future in mind. Steps were taken to ensure the organ is easily accessed for maintenance and great care was taken to maintain the aesthetic of the sanctuary.

For a detailed stop list, click here.

The completion, in 2023, of this 3-year project marked a special nod to the future of the church and its music ministry. The organ is utilized every week in worship for congregational singing, solo repertoire, and choral accompaniment. It is featured regularly in organ recitals by top and local artists and provides special beauty for weddings and memorial services. The living and breathing feeling of music it produces helps enhance and bring glory to God through all these many activities.

Psalm 95:1

“O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!”

Our Mission

Celebrating God’s grace, Inspiring the next generation for Christ… each and every day!!!

Contact Us

1215 V.E.S. Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503

Email: info@fpcly.org
Phone: (434) 384-6231

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