Music Events

An Afternoon of Choral and Organ Masterworks

Sunday, June 23, 4:00 p.m.

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Don’t miss a special Guest Choir Concert with Dr. James Vail, featuring The Laudamus Te Singers, joined by members of our own First UMC choir, as they present Franz Schubert’s Mass in A Flatfor Choir, Soloists and Orchestra. The second piece of the evening, conducted by Dr. James Smith, is Francis Poulenc’s Concerto in G Minor,for Organ, Strings & Tympani, with Ty Woodward, organ.  

The Laudamus Te Singers is a group of about thirty-five singers, formed in 2016 by Dr. Vail—mostly from choir members who have sung under his direction at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Westwood, where he played the organ and conducted from 1969 to 2009, along with others. Now in their third season, the group presents just two concerts a year on the Westside—one in the fall and one in the early summer, each involving just two weekends of rehearsing and performing. 

Spend your Sunday afternoon listening to beautiful music!  A freewill offering will be taken.

Parking available in the underground garage across 11th St.

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

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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! View 2019 concert poster.


Guest Choir Concert

Sunday June 23, 2019 at 4 p.m., Sanctuary 

Guest Choir: THE LAUDAMUS TE SINGERS – James H. Vail, conductor

Franz Schubert – MASS IN A FLAT – For Choir, Soloists and Orchestra

Francis Poulenc – CONCERTO IN G MINOR – For Organ, Strings and Tympani

Ty Woodward, organ

James E. Smith, conductor


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.