Music Events

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.




Chancel Choir Spring Concert

Sunday May 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

“SONGS OF THE SLAVE” by Kirke Mechem will highlight the Spring Concert of The First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica on Sunday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. The Chancel Choir, with guest singers from The Long Beach Chorale, the Los Angeles Concert Orchestra under the direction of Dr. James E. Smith, and organist Ty Woodward, will reprise their world premiere performance of this work from 1994. Originally commissioned by the Santa Monica church, it has since been performed over 100 times, world wide, including a recent performance in Carnegie Hall. Featured soloists will be Wayne Shepperd, bass-baritone, in the role of Frederick Douglass, and Zanaida Robles, soprano.

Kirke Mechem, composer, is often called “the dean of American choral composers.” Frederick Douglass is the central figure in this suite, based on material from Mechem’s opera, John Brown. Douglass, an escaped slave, became the greatest African-American leader of the nineteenth century; he was Brown’s friend for many years.

Also on the program will be the beautiful Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, with Alexandra Grabarchuk, mezzo soprano.

Reception to follow in Simkins Hall.

View and share the concert flyer!

Suggested donation online or at the door: $10.00
Seniors and Children under 12: $5.00

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

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

Sunday May 20, 2018 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.

A Christmas Celebration Music Concert

During Advent – Beautiful music to kick start the season!  Be sure to sign up to receive the Music, Theater, Arts email.

Lessons and Carols

During Advent – 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

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.