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 9:00 am Contemporary Worship Service, music is led by the praise band “Rising Sound”, featuring a contemporary sound with piano, guitars, drums, and vocalists. 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.
For the 11:00 am Traditional Worship Service, music is led by the First Presbyterian Chancel Choir, under the direction of Alla Keoppel, and organist Larry Blackburn. The Chancel Choir consists of 20-30 singers and 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 Haydn and the next week a spiritual, Soon and Very Soon. The Chancel Choir also performs concerts at Christmas and in the spring, featuring both traditional and contemporary choral literature and guest artists. Selected recordings of past performances can be found in the Music playlist of our YouTube channel.
Various groups from the Salt Lake community hold concerts at First Presbyterian throughout the year. Previous concerts have featured the Gabriel Brass, Madeleine Choir School ensembles, the Salt Lake Children’s Choir, the Westminster Chamber Singers, the Choral Arts Society of Utah, and more. Most concerts are free to the public or offered with a reasonable admission fee. Information on upcoming concerts can be found on our Events page or by contacting the office. Groups wishing to hold a concert at FPC should contact the office for more information.