Music Events

Below you will find a list of the other annual music events not to be missed.  

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First UMC Christmas Concert
First UMC’s Music Ministry Director Dr. James E. Smith conducts A Christmas Celebration, featuring In Terra Pax by Gerald Finzi, and Magnificat, but Franz Schubert, for Choir and Chamber Orchestra, and the annual An Evening of Carols, Etc. with audience participation.  Ty Woodward, organist, will be joined by the Mark Twain Ringers directed by Ron Theile, and spoken words will be read by Rev. Patricia Farris.  Suggested donation at the door is $20, seniors and children under 12, $10.  Don’t miss this yearly event which, for many, sets the mood for the coming Christmas season.  
*For those who can’t attend Sunday night, you may observe the Concert rehearsal Saturday morning (December 7) at 9 a.m. at no charge.  Carols and readings rehearsal begins at 11 a.m.  Out of courtesy to the musicians please no cell phones; families with babies/small children may listen from the Narthex.
Sunday, December 8, 7:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary Reception to follow in Simkins Hall.

Download the Christmas Concert Flyer here

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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..

Choir Recognition

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.

Annual Spring Concert

Spring, Sanctuary

An annual favorite you won’t want to miss!

Christmas Concert 

The annual Christmas Concert features Carols, Etc., with audience participation, along with original and traditional pieces performed by The Chancel Choir and guest musicians.

Lessons and Carols

During Advent – Sanctuary

With expectation and joy, we enter into the beautiful worship of our annual Lessons and Carols service with Scripture readings, choir, organ, and brass.

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

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.