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Music & Arts

Sharing the artistic gifts God has given us

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Music and Arts are a vital and vibrant part of the life

of First Presbyterian Church. Music, art, and dance are some of the most important ways through which we express our faith, form community with others, and create a rich and meaningful connection to God. Whether you play an instrument, sing, sew, paint, or dance, we welcome and encourage you to share the artistic gifts God has given you.

The Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir sings each Sunday at the 10:30 am Worship Service from September to mid-June, as well as for special services throughout the church year. It consists of dedicated volunteers who love to lead worship and praise God through song. Our repertoire includes a wide variety of liturgical music, from English choral anthems and Latin motets to spirituals, Gospel music, hymn settings and praise and worship songs. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays, from 7:30pm-9:00pm.


Are you interested in joining the Chancel Choir? All adults and high school students who read music are welcome—auditions are not required. To learn more, contact Margaret McGillivray at

The Bell Choir

The First Pres Bell Choir is a handbell group offering music that delights all ages. They offer music several times per year, using a set of Malmark handbells, typically playing in worship about once a month. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays, from 7:30pm-8:30pm

Are you interested in joining the Bell Choir? No auditions are required, although an ability to read music is helpful. To learn more, contact Margaret McGillivray at

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Children’s Music: Ark and LIFE Singers

This choir is a wonderful way to expose children to music, develop some basic musical and vocal  knowledge and have a wonderful time. The choir sings approximately every 6-8 weeks in worship services and rehearses at 9:30 on Sunday mornings for 15-20 minutes as part of Sunday School.

Is your child interested in singing with the Ark and LIFE Singers? To learn more, contact Margaret McGillivray at

Instrumental Ensemble

Twice a year, talented musicians from the congregation are invited to dust off their instruments from high school and college days to join with others to make a joyful noise to God! This intergenerational ensemble is open to high school ages and up and families are encouraged to play together to lead worship. The instrumental ensemble will rehearse in the Sanctuary for three weeks leading up to the performance on Thursdays, usually from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Are you interested in playing with the Instrumental Ensemble? To learn more, contact Margaret McGillivray at

Concert and Rehearsal Space Rental

First Presbyterian has several excellent spaces for concerts and recitals, as well as rehearsal space for groups. Our facilities are ADA compliant and we have plentiful parking for patrons. In the past we have hosted such groups as the Ukrainian Ballet Orchestra, the Columbia Music Teachers’ Association and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.


To learn more about our facilities and rates, contact Caroline Smith at


Artistic expression is an integral part of bringing joy and reverence to God.

Each week the Sanctuary is adorned with beautiful banners, quilts, and other decorations which help enrich the worship experience. These were lovingly created by members of the congregation. Each liturgical season brings a fresh focus to worship and a renewal of color and design.

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Art Installations

Three major sanctuary art installations in recent years have brought a special feeling of awe and wonder to the sanctuary. Over 1600 Cranes of Peace were folded by the congregation and installed in the sanctuary (see video). The starry night banners installed during advent add to the wonder of the season and remind us that stars were the celestial travel guides in those times.  The sanctuary is embellished with unique tongues of fire hung from the rafters for Pentecost.

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Liturgical Dance

In partnership with the music ministry, a small group of intergenerational dancers help bring praise to God in worship a few times a year.

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