MUSIC

MUSIC

The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the word of God through music.

-Martin Luther

No matter your age or experience, there are opportunities for you to participate in the music program at First Lutheran! We have vocal choirs for children and adults and a handbell choir open to all ages, and we also invite instrumentalists from our congregation to help with special worship services and programs and our quarterly Of the Land and Seasons liturgies.

Following Martin Luther’s example, we place great emphasis on congregational singing of hymns and liturgical music at First. Our nave has fine acoustics and an Aeolian-Skinner organ regarded as one of the finest pipe organs in south central Pennsylvania for leading congregational song.

In addition to leading worship on Sundays and Festival days, our choirs offer an annual Advent Service of Lessons and Carols. Check the Events page for the latest updates.

First Lutheran is also home to the FINE ARTS AT FIRST series of concerts which presents distinguished guest musicians from around the country.

Rehearsing before a folk music liturgy

CHOIRS

Chancel Choir is First Lutheran’s principal adult choir, helping to lead our 10:30 a.m. liturgy weekly from early September through Holy Trinity Sunday in late May/early June. Our repertoire, which includes a variety of types of sacred music, continues to expand. We are always looking for new singers! We rehearse Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m., concluding rehearsal with fellowship and refreshments, from early September through late May/early June.

The Youth Choir is for open to all middle and high school youth and sings at worship approximately once per month, both with the Chancel Choir and on their own. The Youth Choir rehearses the week before they sing, as publicized in the bulletins and newsletter.

The Cherub Choir welcomes our youngest singers, pre-K through early elementary. Rehearsals are held after the 10:30 a.m. service on the Sunday before they are scheduled to sing. Our minister of music coordinates dates that work best for families’ calendars.

Handbell Choir is currently a three-octave choir open to all ages and is a great option for those who are shy about their singing voices. The Handbell Choir offers preludes and postludes every four to six weeks or so, and individual ringers and ensembles also periodically help to lead psalms and hymns and accompany the vocal choirs on anthems. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 6-6:45 p.m.

A bell choir ensemble leading music at our Round-the-Tree Carol Sing in December