Music Ministries

“Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this, attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve of here, and reward when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.”
— From John Wesley's Directions for Singing, 1761

At Edmond First, we carry on our vibrant Wesleyan heritage of excellence in music through a dynamic music ministry that includes congregational song, a variety of choirs for all ages and skill levels, a handbell choir, and an instrumental ensemble.

 

Adult Choirs

Chancel Choir

Our church is blessed to have a 50-voice adult choir that enhances our worship.  The ensemble rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8:30 and Sundays from 5:00-6:15 in the choir room (Main Building, Room 100B), and they sing nearly every Sunday at the 8:30 & 11:00a.m. worship services.  It is important to note that members need only commit to one rehearsal and one service per week.  Twice a year, the choir presents a larger choral work, such as a cantata or small oratorio. 

All voice parts are needed and new members are always welcome.  If you are interested, please contact music@fumcedmond.org or 405.341.0107 ext. 113.

Children's Choir

Edmond FUMC offers three children’s choirs that exist to provide children with opportunities to become deeply devoted followers of Christ by instilling a love for and understanding of worship.

Cherub Choir (Pre-K 3 & Pre-K 4)

Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 6:00-6:30p.m.
Director: Karen Hudgens
Location: Christian Activity Center, Children’s Wing

Kids in the Cherub Choir learn how to sing accurately, develop their singing voices for use in worship and begin to learn the basics of rhythm and pitch through age-appropriate games and activities.  Members of the Cherub Choir participate in worship approximately four times a year.

Chorister Choir (Kindergarten - 2nd grade)

Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:00p.m.
Directors: Mary Beth Singleton
Location: Christian Activity Center, Children’s Wing

Children in the Chorister Choir learn the fundamentals of music reading through a variety of exercises and games based on the Kodály method.  They also spend a great deal of time learning about the seasons of the church year while learning age-appropriate anthems for presentation in worship.  They sing for worship about once every 5-6 weeks.

Junior Choir (3rd through 7th graders)

Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 5:00-5:30p.m.
Directors: Mary Beth Singleton & Karen Hudgens
Location: Main Building: Church Choir Room

Children enrolled in this intermediate choir focus on continuing to learn the fundamentals of music reading while exploring the role of music in worship through scripture, hymns and choral singing.  Like the Chorister Choir, they sing for worship once every 5-6 weeks.

 

Registration is ongoing and can be completed by clicking here:

Instrumental Ensembles

adult Handbell Choir

Edmond FUMC's Handbell Choir performs during Sunday worship services, under the direction of Claudia Hampton. The ensemble rehearses on Monday evenings, throughout the academic year, at 6:45 pm in the Main Building, Room 104B.

9:45 Instrumental Ensemble

A semi-professional instrumental ensemble consisting of a flute, viola, ‘cello & French Horn provide musical leadership at the 9:45 service.  While these instruments form the core of the group, other instrumentalists are welcome to audition and supplement the ensemble from time to time.  If you are interested, please contact music@fumcedmond.org or 405.341.0107 ext. 113.

Hinners/Banks Pipe Organ

Edmond FUMC is proud to boast one of the only pipe organs in Edmond. In 1928, the Hinners Organ Company of Pekin, Illinois installed a modest instrument of two keyboards and about 800 pipes. This organ served the church faithfully, in this condition, for approximately 75 years, until Roger A. Banks, a local organ builder, restored the instrument's failing perishable components and significantly expanded it with new pipes. Our current organ utilizes approximately 1,250 pipes, ranging in size from 8 feet tall to the size of a pencil.

If you are interested in more information on the organ, in trying the instrument or hearing a demonstration, please contact music@fumcedmond.org or 405.341.0107 ext. 113.