First Pres Presents is back with its first musical offering of the 2021 year featuring the St. John's Parish Choir
Sunday, May 23rd
  This event will be livestreamed ONLY via the button link to the right!

Psalm 95:1

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

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.

Music Leadership Opportunities

Adult Music Programs

Chancel Choir...come sing with us!

The Chancel choir provides weekly music for worship services and presents a number of concerts each year. This ensemble includes all adults and youth who love to sing and participate regularly in Sunday worship

The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:15-9:00 p.m., September through May. No audition is necessary. All are welcome to join this active ensemble! Contact Cory Whittier ( for more information.


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 ensemble meets to rehearse on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:15, September through May. Contact Cory Whittier ( for more information.


Children's Music Programs


KidMin (Kid Ministry), is a music and children’s ministry-based program designed to introduce and enhance musical abilities in children ages kindergarten through 5th grade. Activities include musical games, socialization, learning, and preparing songs for performance in worship throughout the year.

The program is offered from September through May on Sunday evenings from 5:00-6:00. The group is split into two age groups: kindergarten through 2nd grade and 3rd grade through 5th grade. During the program hour, the age groups rotate through two 30 minute activities. One with Mr. Cory for music, and the other with children’s ministry staff and helpers for craft, play, or other creative opportunities.

For more information on this exciting ministry, contact music director Cory Whittier ( or Director of Children's Ministry, Kathleen Lifsey (!


The Sanctuary Organ


Builder: Möller, 1952, Op. 8303

First Presbyterian is blessed with a large Möller organ that provides substantial support for congregational singing, choral accompaniment and organ concerts. The main organ consists of 2994 pipes and 49 ranks in the chambers located in the front of the Sanctuary, and an Antiphonal organ of 305 pipes and 5 ranks located on the rear wall. Originally constructed in 1952, the organ has gone through several renovations and enlargements, and has grown to be one of the largest pipe organs in Lynchburg. The specification and additional historical information can be found on the Organ Historical Society’s database.

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

Phone: (434) 384-6231


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