MAKING MUSIC IN 2019!
Sings weekly during the 8:30 and 11:00 worship services. Enjoy compositions that represent music of all historical periods, from blues and jazz to Mozart and Handel, and everything in between. Rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All adults and youth are welcome.
Plays a wide variety of music including hymns, arrangements, and original compositions. Also provides colorful accompaniment to anthems sung by the Chancel Choir. Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All with playing experience are welcome.
An adult five-octave bell choir that rings challenging music once a month in the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Ringers attend the Florida State Handbell Festival in the Spring and also participate in the annual Lessons and Carols service as well as Easter Sunday. Rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
An adult bell choir of 5-6 ringers playing 2 octaves of bells. For the more advanced ringer, this group rings for special occasions and other worship services.
MONDAY SERVICE MUSICIANS
Soloists and ensembles are always welcome to sign up and share their gifts during the Monday afternoon worship service from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Music is organized by Marlene Udell.
Children's Choir rehearses during the Sunday school hour from September to May and sing in worship once a month. Children learn to sing, ring, and play instruments. All children are welcome.
First UMC is opening its doors to provide a place for anyone regardless of their age or musical ability to take private instruction with a variety of musical instruments. We have a focus on East Gainesville residents since there is a lack of music instruction in this area. For more information, visit our First Arts page.
SUMMER CHOIR AND HANDBELLS
One Sunday in each month, from June through August, small groups are organized to sing, ring, or play in the worship services.
Questions? Contact Michael Ekbladh, Director of Music Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-372-8523 ext. 20.
OUR SANCTUARY ORGAN
Our sanctuary is the home to an Opus 7055 organ originally built in 1941 by M. P. Möller and rebuilt by Berghaus in 1979. The organ was installed in the Sanctuary in the fall of 2007.
The organ contains 28 Registers, 39 Ranks, 43 Stops, 2241 Pipes, and 3 Manuals Console. For a full list of stops or more information, contact Michael Ekbladh at email@example.com.
Music Ministry Team
Michael Ekbladh, Director of Music Ministries
Lynn Sandefur-Gardner, Accompanist
Seoyeon (Sunny) Baik, Organist
Jessica VanLeer, Soprano Section Leader
Laurin McMullen, Alto Section Leader
TBA, Tenor Section Leader
TBA, Bass Section Leader
Jennifer Steptoe, Children's Music
Marlene Udell, Monday Afternoon Service musicians