At First Presbyterian Church, members, friends and guests enjoy a variety of styles of music for worship as well as frequent concerts by musicians from church and community.
For the 11:00 am Sunday worship service, music is led by organist Larry Blackburn and choir director Eric Schmidt.
The First Pres Choir of 20-30 singers offers choral pieces and arrangements that express meaning of faith in Jesus Christ, the Christian life, and worship to the Lord. One week you may hear “The Heavens Are Telling” by Hadyn and the next week a spiritual “Soon and Very Soon.” Another week you may hear a newly composed choral anthem, all with the meaningful words projected in the front of the sanctuary.
For the 9:00 am Sunday worship service, music is led by the band “Rising Sound” – piano, acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, flute, and four to six singers. Contemporary praise songs and rearranged hymns offer a special worship experience. As words are projected in the front of the sanctuary, these newer songs become more and more accessible for the congregation’s expression of faith in Christ.
Throughout the year, community concerts are offered by music groups from around the community: the Gabriel brass, Madeleine School strings, First Pres Choir, Vivaldi by Candlelight, Salt Lake Children’s Choir, Salt Lake Community College, Westminster Chamber Singers, Choral Arts Society of Utah, student recitals from children through university musicians, to mention a few. Most concerts are free to the public or offered with a reasonable admission fee.