Music has always been an integral part of worship here at First Presbyterian Church. It is deeply imbedded within the beauty of our sanctuary, with the peal of our mighty Gabriel Kney organ to the sonorous tones of the Kawai piano, to the expressiveness of our choral groups. Music enhances our worship services like no other, and we invite you to experience God's presence through songs.
The Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian, an ensemble of about 12 singers, has maintained a long-standing tradition of beautiful sacred music through the years. The choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. in the choir room to learn & prepare for anthems offered during the Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. They enjoy singing a wide variety of high-quality, spiritually uplifting music to connect with people of all kinds. Sharing their time and talents with others is not their only strong-suit. Providing a fun, loving, and welcoming environment to anyone who wishes to sing is prioritized.
Special music is produced several times a year.
Our Children's Choirs are a growing group of 1st-5th graders who enjoy singing and ringing handbells each Wednesday during "Fun Program." These two groups, led by Mrs. Baker & Mrs. Lindsay, offer special music throughout the year including their annual Christmas Pageant in December. High-quality sacred music of different genres is highlighted to enhance our worship service experience. Children acquire the basic fundamentals of music & Christian education along with learning bonus elements such as sign language and percussion instruments. We welcome you and your child to be a part of our powerful music ministry!
Gabriel Kney Organ
The Kney Memorial Organ, is a mechanical key action, electric stop and combination action organ, built in 1986 by Gabriel Kney. The organ, Opus 104, consists of 25 ranks, a keyboard of ebony naturals and rosewood sharps. The case is painted birch and tulipwood. It has open-toe voicing with equal temperament. The facade praestants consist of 80% tin. Gabriel Kney founded the Gabriel Kney Pipe Organ Builders, Ltd. In 1955.
Originally from Speyer-on-the-Rhein, Germany, he emigrated to Canada in 1951. Since 1995, he has created over 128 organs, large and small, throughout the United States and Canada. He now concentrates on building small quality instruments for residences and teaching facilities.
He actively consults and advises for new instruments and is consulted regularly concerning church acoustics for speech and sound.
Information about Gabriel Kney taken from www.gabrielkney.com.