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
Tenor Section Leader
Bass Section Leader
Jennifer Steptoe, Children's Choir
The Chancel Choir sings weekly during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. This Choir sings compositions that represent music of all historical periods, from blues and jazz to Mozart and Handel, and everything in between. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Membership in the Chancel Choir is open to all adults and youth.
The Instrumental Ensemble plays a wide variety of music including hymns, arrangements, and original compositions. The ensemble also provides colorful accompaniment to anthems sung by the Chancel Choir. The Instrumental Ensemble rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Membership is open to all with playing experience.
Celebration Ringers is an adult five-octave bell choir that rings challenging music once a month in the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The 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. The Celebration Ringers rehearse on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The handbell ensemble is 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. This group rehearses on Monday evenings, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Children's Choir rehearses during the Sunday school hour from September to May and sing in worship once a month. All children are welcome.
The Wesley Chime choir is open to children and youth and rehearses after church from 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. for 4-8 weeks in the Fall and Spring. Contact Michael Ekbladh for more information and schedules.
This year’s musical, “Moses and the Freedom Fanatics” was presented by the Music and Children’s Ministries on May 6, 2018. The production included children, youth, and adults, chancel choir, instrumental ensemble, and handbells!
Our May 19, 2019 event will be full of magic, wizards, and witches. Proceeds will benefit the FIRST ARTS Academy for First United Methodist Church (beginning Fall 2019). Watch for details.
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.
MONDAY SERVICE MUSICIANS
Soloists and ensembles are always welcome to sign up and perform during the Monday afternoon worship service. Music is organized by Marlene Udell. If you are interested in participating, contact Michael Ekbladh for more information.
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. Let us know if you are interested in participating for these one-time ensembles.
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.