Music Events

From the October 2018 Sentinel

SIGNing the Song – A Special Performance by William Martinez

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Let’s support our choir’s tenor section leader, William Martinez, and go see his one-man show SIGNing The Song in Burbank the first weekend in November!
Through ASL (American Sign Language) paired with singing, William Martinez’s SIGNing the Song shares the true story of a boy who grew up in a deaf household with little exposure to TV, radio, or movies. Because of his incredible 8th grade music teacher and the love and support of his parents, he came out of his silent world and discovered his voice through music.  ASL and song lyrics meld together into a beautiful unique art form.  This family friendly, one-man show celebrates the incredible impact educators and parents have on each child’s life, regardless of their struggles.  Special guest appearance by the John Burroughs High School “Advanced Vocal Ensemble.”  Music composed and arranged by David Bawiec.

Show dates:  Thursday, November 1,  8 p.m., Saturday, November 3,
3 p.m., and  8 p.m., and Sunday, November 4, 3 p.m.
The November 1 performance will have an ASL interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing audience.

Admission for all shows is $35 and tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at (866) 811-4111.

The Colony Theatre: 555 N. Third Street (between Cyprus and Magnolia) in Burbank, 91502. Ample free onsite parking is available.

Watch the show promo video here:



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Dr. Jim Smith, bottom row center.

Santa Monica College Foundation Honors Dr. James Smith

Santa Monica College Foundation is honoring Dr. James Smith with a new fund: The Smith & Co. Alumni Fund. Established in 1972 by Dr. Smith, Smith & Company consisted of young energetic students who provided a musical experience for countless audiences throughout the Los Angeles area. An early press release described the group as “entertaining service clubs and other organizations, they were active public relation agents for Santa Monica College.”

The bonds in the group have lasted over 40 years, growing stronger as members met for reunions. Original members appreciated their time in the group so much that they wanted to honor Jim and his legacy with this fund. Donations will be used to benefit the vocal music program at Santa Monica College and its students. Gifts will ensure that they remember those who have died, and acknowledge the work and dedication of founder Dr. James Smith.

To donate and for more info:

Below you will find a list of the annual music events not to be missed, here, at First UMC.  Fill out the form below to be added to the Music, Theater, Arts email list or check out the church monthly Sentinel newsletter for upcoming events.


Mid-Week RecitalsFREE concerts 

January through May – 12:10 p.m. Second Wednesdays of the month in the Sanctuary. Reception with the artist(s) follows each performance in the Fireside Room.  Read more..


A Christmas Celebration Music Concert

Sunday December 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm, Sanctuary  – Beautiful music to kick start the season!  Be sure to sign up to receive the Music, Theater, Arts email.

Lessons and Carols

Sunday December 23, 2018 during 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship Service
Scripture readings of the season interspersed with carols, sung by the congregation and Chancel Choir.

Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve  11 p.m. Sanctuary Candlelight Service

Lessons and Anthems

During Lent – 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship Service
A beautiful and moving annual service of Lessons and Anthems. This is a solemn service, designed to prepare our hearts and minds for Holy Week. In word and music, we will remember the last days of Jesus’ life–his witness, his teaching, his faithfulness.

Maundy Thursday

Holy Week – Sanctuary
Maundy Thursday worship – communion, word, music, silent darkness

Choir Recognition

Sunday in Spring during 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship Service

Don’t miss First UMC’s annual Choir Recognition Sunday, when The Chancel Choir, The Children’s Church Choir, and The Amadeus Handbell Choir will be recognized and featured during the service. Come and show your appreciation for the wonderful music these groups present during worship services throughout the year.

Chancel Choir Spring Concert

Sunday May 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary 

*To hear an audio selection of the 2017 Spring Concert Requiem, click here.

Concert CDs Available
The latest CDs from the First UMC Chancel Choir may be available. Check with the church office to see which concert recordings are available for purchase (310) 393-8258.