MAKING MUSIC IN 2019!

Lessons and Carols, December 2018

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
Zach Cerino, Tenor Section Leader
Devon Gainey, Bass Section Leader
Jennifer Steptoe, Children's Music
Marlene Udell, Monday Afternoon Service musicians

 CHANCEL CHOIR

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.

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

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.

CELEBRATION RINGERS

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.

HANDBELL ENSEMBLE

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 MUSIC

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.

INTERGENERATIONAL MUSICAL

A “magical” event is planned for May 3 & 4, 2019!  Proceeds will benefit the FIRST ARTS Academy for First United Methodist Church (beginning Fall 2019).  Watch for details.

FIRST ARTS

In the works!  A new ministry of First UMC which will provide space to private lessons ranging from piano and voice to organ and dance.  Registration will begin August 2019.

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 michael@fumcgnv.org or 352-372-8523 ext. 20.

THIRTY THIRD ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS

Tom Trenney, Conductor

The Thirty Third Annual Festival of Choirs will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 SW Second Avenue. 

Tom Trenney will conduct the combined choirs First United Methodist, Trinity United Methodist, Holy Trinity Episcopal, and First Presbyterian churches.  Having such a large ensemble singing hymns and anthems together with participation by the congregations, provides a unique worship opportunity for the community.

OUR SANCTUARY ORGAN

Organ rebuilt by Berghaus - installed Sept-Nov 2007 from M.P Moller, Inc organ Opus 7055 built in 1941 and rebuilt in 1979.

28 Registers; 39 Ranks;  43 Stops;  2241 Pipes;  3 Manuals Console

For a full list of stops contact Michael Ekbladh.