FPC MUSIC PROGRAM

One of the best illustrations of the passion with which we worship, music truly unifies our community of believers, stripping away what we see on the outside and summoning deep feelings and rhythms of the heart and soul that, as Christians, are the same. It’s personal and communal at the very same time, and that’s the driving force behind our robust music program at First Presbyterian Church. Providing numerous opportunities for involvement, our program is diverse, providing an outreach for everyone in our community, whether a nuanced interest or seasoned talent, singing, instrumental, leadership or group-oriented. For those interested in music, we challenge you to find a reason not to join.

Our FPC Praise Band leads the 9 a.m. worship service with contemporary Christian music featuring drums, guitars, keyboard and singers. Anyone who plays an instrument or sings is welcome to participate in the praise band. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 8 a.m., with occasional Saturday rehearsals as needed.

The FPC Chancel Choir leads the 11 a.m. worship service with traditional Christian hymns and choral anthems. Anyone who sings soprano, alto, tenor, or bass is invited to participate. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., with occasional Saturday rehearsals as needed. Piano players are often needed as substitute accompanists.

Contact our music director, Steven Avila, for more information on our Praise Band or the FPC Chancel Choir.

The Youth Handbell Choir is for children of all ages and musical abilities (K-12). We rehearse and perform on a seasonal basis for special worship services. In the Handbell Choir, children learn to read music and develop musical skills as part of an ensemble. Volunteers from this group also chime the hour at the beginning of each worship service.

Our Adult Handbell Choir invites adults with some musical experience, and beginners interested in learning to play. The adult bell choir rehearses Sundays at noon, after the 11 a.m. worship service, and performs on an occasional basis at the 11 a.m. worship service, and at other community events throughout the year.

Contact Becky Lenig for more information, or to find out when the next rehearsal begins.

Empyre Pipes & Drums plays traditional Scottish bagpipe music, and meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert Young Centre. Anyone who wants to learn to play drums or bagpipes is welcome to attend. This group performs throughout the year for various festivals and occasions in El Paso and surrounding region.

Pastor Neal’s Folk Music Ensemble is for adults and teens who like to sing or play the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, harp, cajon, djembe, bodhran, tin whistle, accordion, or even if you’re not quite sure what to play but love folk music. Rehearsals occur on a seasonal basis for special worship services and performances throughout the year. Please contact Pastor Neal for more information.

The Scholarship Singers are college music majors who receive a small stipend from FPC to supplement the church’s musical ensembles and help in various ways with our music programs. If you are a college student interested in becoming one of our scholarship singers, please contact our Music Director, Steven Avila.

If you are a member of our community who would like to contribute financially to the scholarship singers program, click here.

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