Music is very important to the congregation of First Presbyterian Church. A team of very talented staff and volunteers lend their talents to provide for a quality music ministry. First Presbyterian has been blessed with several fine instruments on which to make music in praise of God. These instruments include: a 38-rank Casavant pipe organ installed in 2000, a 6-foot Kawai grand piano, a 3-octave set of Mallmark hand chimes, a 5-octave set of Schulmerich handbells and a ring of 8 Taylor bells in the church tower.
The music ministry welcomes others who would like to share their musical talents. Church members have played flute, french horn, piano, guitar, percussion, and other instruments to enhance the worship of FPC.
Current Music Schedule:
Chancel Choir rehearsal, Wednesday Evenings, 7:00 p.m.
Chancel Choir worship preparation, Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
Chancel Choir worship participation, Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
Read below for more information regarding individual music groups.
Praise the Lord with song at First Presbyterian!
The Chancel Choir is a group of dedicated singers who lead the 11:00 a.m. services each Sunday morning. This choir meets regularly on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and is open to all adult and senior high youth. Serving as the primary worship choir, the Chancel Choir also participates in several special musical events each year.
Seasonal Singers is a group of vocalists who participate with the Chancel Choir during special music events and the seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter. Please see, Arthur Ghere, the Director of Music for more information about becoming a seasonal singer.
First Presbyterian Church is blessed to have a “‘ring of 8 bells”‘ in our church tower. These bells are rung in the centuries-old method of change ringing first brought to America by the British during the eighteenth century. The bells at First Presbyterian Church were among the first to be installed in a church west of the Mississippi River. The bells are rung regularly for practice, special worship services, weddings and funerals. Our tower hosts, on a rotating schedule, the Five Towers’ Festival which is a weekend of change ringing sponsored by churches in Little Rock, Texarkana and Houston. It is not unusual for First Presbyterian Church to host as many as four bands of ringers from the United Kingdom that visit the tower throughout the year. Anyone age 12 and above is welcome to explore change ringing. For further information, please contact the Tower Captain, Remica Gray (870-773-3741) or the church office. For more information on the art of change ringing, visit the website of the North American Guild of Change Ringers.
Noon Advent Concert Series
First Presbyterian Church provides a time of meditation and reflection each Thursday during the season of Advent. These noontime music presentations are followed by a light lunch sponsored by the Presbyterian Women, the PW Zelle Moore Circle and the Chancel Choir. This series has become a tradition at First Presbyterian and is well attended by both the congregation and the community. We draw upon a host of talented musicians from the Texarkana Women’s Chorus, the Texarkana Symphony and the Texarkana community.
Special Music Productions
First Presbyterian Church often participates in and supports other musical events at the church. In the past the church has hosted the Lyon College Choir, guest organists and pianists, as well as the Texarkana Regional Chorale and the Texarkana Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Chancel Choir has participated in joint concerts with the choirs of First United Methodist Church and St. James Episcopal Church here in Texarkana.
Handbell, Youth and Children’s Choirs
These three choirs have been an integral part of First Presbyterian Church’s music ministry. Youth and Children’s choirs are on hold at the moment. Handbell’s currently are playing seasonally. If you have an interest in handbells, please let our Music Director, Arthur Ghere know, so that he can contact you as opportunities to learn and play arise.
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with the psaltry and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance; praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.
Psalm 150: 3-4, 6