The renowned adult choir rehearses on
Thursdays at 7:00 PM. In addition to
providing music for worship, the Sanctuary Choir sings
yearly in the Performing Arts Series for the Christmas
Concert and the Good Friday Tenebrae. This choir is
also featured annually with the Quad City Symphony on
the Holiday Pops Concert at the Adler Theatre in
The Chamber Chorale is an adult group, auditioned from
the membership of the Sanctuary Choir. The chorale has
established an outstanding reputation in the Quad Cities,
recognized for its excellence in diction, tone, and
The adult handbell choir of the church, the Vesper Bells,
is an auditioned ensemble of thirteen players who ring
two five-octave sets of Schulmerich handbells, a five-
octave set of Whitechapel handbells and a three-octave
set of Suzuki Choir chimes. They ring regularly for
worship, and have also been featured in special concerts
and community events.
The choir for youth in sixth through twelfth grades,
rehearses on Sundays, from 4:45 to 5:30 PM. Their
outstanding musical achievements have been recognized
with appearances on the church's televised Christmas
Concert, and with an invitation to be the back-up choir for
Barry Manilow at the iwireless Center.
Formed during the 1999-2000 season, the Cecelian
Carolers is the newest choral ensemble of First
Presbyterian Church. It is a select group of girls, drawn
through auditions from girls in grades six through twelfth
already actively involved in the music ministry of the
church. The Cecelian Carolers (named for the female
patron saint of music) was created at the request of the
girls as the female counterpart of the Cathedral Choir.
Rehearsal is Sundays 4:00-4:45 pm in Von Maur Hall.
All first through fifth graders are invited to sing with the
Kirkwood Choir. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, from 5:45
to 6:30 PM. Christian education, score reading, part
singing, and vocal production are emphasized in this
The Sunday School membership of four-year-olds and
Kindergartners sing in the Cherub Choir. Rehearsals are
Sundays at 10:00 am, for fifteen minutes. It is never too
early to learn to sing God's praises at First Presbyterian
Musikgarten is a licensed music ministry curriculum for
infants, babies, and toddlers with their parents. It uses
sacred music to involve the whole child -- the child’s
desire for language, the body’s urge to move, the brain’s
attention to patterns, the ear’s lead in initiating
communication, and voice’s response to sounds.
This group meets on Sunday mornings at 10:20 am.
The Sanctuary Choir and orchestra
Music is commanded in Scripture! The
innumerable times we are commanded to "sing
to the Lord" or "come into his presence with
singing" make it apparent that God must enjoy
music. The Music Ministry of First Presbyterian
is under the direction of Matthew Bishop,
Director of Music, Ahreum Han Congdon,
Principal Organist and Assistant Music
Director, Linda Bengfort, Assistant Choral
Director, and Kathy Middleton, Assistant
Choral Director for Young Children.
The fully-graded program currently has eight
singing choirs: the Sanctuary Choir, the
Chamber Chorale, the Celebration Singers,
the Kirkwood Choir, the Cathedral Choir of
Young Men and Boys, the Cecelian Carolers,
and the Cherub Choir. The program also offers
a handbell choir,: the Vesper Bell.
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