The Choirs and Music Staff

First UMC has a rich history with its music program. Dr. James Smith, Director of Music for over 55 years, has held innumerable Concerts, musicals, Summer Sings, Mid-Week Recitals. And most especially fifty years of Sundays on which God is praised through music in ways that touch our hearts and stir our souls!
Along the way, Jim has supported countless musicians, restored and tuned innumerable pianos, overseen the development and maintenance of our organ, and added a grand piano to the mix. He has worked with talented vocalists and composers. His music has delighted the hearts of many throughout the community. But to my mind, most praiseworthy of all is his ability to make ordinary folks sound and feel like God’s own heavenly choir, coaxing gorgeous music from mere mortals week in and week out, all to the praise and glory of God.
The Mid-Week Recital series is Livestreamed monthly on Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m. You may watch a wide selection of the series via our YouTube channel.
To read more about the First UMC Music Department, including the Choir, Amadeus Handbells, Concerts, and the Pipe Organs, see below

Director of Music Ministry – Dr. James E. Smith

Organist – Ty Woodward

Chancel Choir – Dr. James Smith, Director
For Adults: Meets at 7:40 p.m. 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.

Amadeus Handbell Choir – Mary Crawford, Director    Adults & Youth

Children’s Music – Please see Sundays for Children.

Come make music with us!

For more information, call the church office (310) 393-8258.

The First UMC Organ: Click here to read the specifications of the organ

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