We at First Presbyterian Church believe strongly in the power of music as a means to enhance and elevate our worship services. On any given Sunday, you are likely to hear selections from a variety of sources such as traditional hymns, choral anthems, spirituals, and contemporary music—all chosen to align with the week’s message and scripture readings. We are blessed to have a strong musical team composed of the chancel choir, praise band, and handbell choir, and feature an organist twice a month. In addition, we try to bring in guest singers and instrumentalists from the University of Delaware’s music program and the local community.
Outside of worship services, First Presbyterian church strongly supports local and regional music programs by making our sanctuary available for concerts throughout the year. Some groups who regularly perform here include the Newark Symphony Orchestra, Newark Community Band, the Chesapeake Brass Band, and various groups from the University of Delaware.
The Chancel Choir leads the congregation in hymns, sings with the Praise Band, and provides special music every Sunday. Their repertoire spans the gamut from classical choral anthems, through to spirituals, and contemporary pieces. They are led by interim Choir Director Leia Gibson, currently a senior choral student at the University of Delaware. The Chancel Choir is always looking for more members. If you are interested please join us on Thursday evening at 7 pm in the lower sanctuary choir room.
The Praise Band, ably assisted with vocals from the Chancel Choir, provides songs and music from traditional hymns to the latest Christian artists to inspire the congregation. The Team meets each Sunday at 8:30 am to prepare for the coming service. We are always looking for new players. If you are interested, please contact the Praise Band leader Larry Benson or any of the musicians.
Carilon Ringers (Handbell Choir)
The Carillon Ringers is an enthusiastic group who love playing handbells and bringing their music into our worship services. Currently on hiatus while searching for a new director, the Ringers usually play monthly for worship. Their music is selected from a variety of styles and difficulty levels. The Carillon Ringers are a welcoming group of people and are always seeking additional ringers, who are interested in learning about handbells, and eventually being a substitute or regular ringer.