Stanley Littleton, Organist
|The First Presbyterian
Church Choir is dedicated to the preparation and performance of
appropriate Christian choral music to enhance and enrich the services
of worship scheduled throughout the liturgical year.
Our choir has a membership of 20 singers, of whom 10 to 12 are usually present for each service.
All are welcome and encouraged to participate. Join us for rehearsals at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9:45 a.m. on Sundays. Contact the Director or any Choir Member for more information.
Our organist, Stanley Littleton, is currently serving as interim choir director as we search for a permanent director. Stanley studied piano and organ with Lois H. Jones, Charles Calkin and Harald Rohlig.
Charlotte Hunter, Director
|The handbell choir of
First Presbyterian was organized in 2004 after the purchase of an
initial two-octave set of handbells. The third octave was added soon
A group of 8 active ringers meets on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. to practice handbell selections in preparation for ringing once a month during the worship service.
More handbell ringers and substitutes are always needed. Anyone interested in giving "ringing" a try should contact Charlotte Hunter.
|Our Austin Organ||Small but mighty, the
First Presbyterian Church organ was built by the Austin Organ Company
as their Opus 1885 in 1935. It was a typical product of its time
featuring an enormous Open Diapason 8' of ~fog-horn~ scale and no upper
work save for a very small Flute d'Amour 4' that, while beautiful, was
softer than any of the 8' stops. Three of the instrument's five ranks
were duplexed on both manuals.
In 1981 thanks to a generous gift from her family in memory of Shelley Symonds McGehee the 8' Open Diapason and 4' Flute were replaced with new ranks voiced by Richard J. Piper of Austin Organs, Inc.
In 1989 the swell shade engine was rebuilt and in 1996 the organ generator was replaced by a solid state rectifier.
As a testament to the quality of Austin's work, most of the instrument is as it was installed in 1935 and works fairly well. The current specification is a very rich and warm sound, amazing for an instrument of only five ranks.
Spitz Principal 4'
Spitz Principal 4'
Oboe Gamba 8'
Swell to Pedal 8'
Swell to Pedal 4'
Great to Pedal 8'