The Choirs and Music Staff

Director of Music Ministry – Dr. James E. Smith

Organist – Ty Woodward


Amadeus Handbell Choir – Mary Crawford, Director
Adults & Youth
Meets at 3:30 pm on Sundays (with a break during the Summer)

Chancel Choir – Dr. James Smith, Director
Meets at 7:40 pm on Thursdays (with a break during the Summer). The Chancel Choir provides music every Sunday during the 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship Service and presents major concerts in December and in the spring.

Children’s Church – Janet Searfoss, Director
On every third Sunday of the month, the children of First UMC gather for song and movement in the Chapel as they explore what the heart of worship is all about. Following the Children’s Message in the Sanctuary Worship Service, the children are guided to the Chapel for music that they learn and practice each month in preparation for Children’s Sabbath, Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday and other special Sundays. To receive updates about Children’s Church opportunities, contact Tricia Guerrero or go to Sundays for Children.

Youth Choir – Jack McHugh, Director
United Methodist Youth Fellowship is excited to announce a new Youth Choir initiative led by Jack McHugh! We are seeking any youth interested in sharing the message of God’s love through music of all kinds, styles and genres. While called Youth Choir, they will call on a multitude of talented instrumentalists as well–strings, woodwind, brass and percussion.

Rehearsals on Sundays, 9 – 9:45 a.m., Youth Lounge

For more information contact Jack McHugh

Come make music with us!

All of the choirs, and the Amadeus Handbell Choir participate in the Sunday services approximately every 6 weeks.  For more information, call the church office (310) 393-8258 or fill out the form below.