Classical. Traditional. Beyond the ordinary.
The music that weaves through our worship services underscores God's majesty—his holiness—by lifting the congregation out of their everyday and evoking the worshipful nature of our encounter with God. Intentionally traditional, the musical offerings tangibly connect us with the universal church by drawing on the vast body of Christian liturgical music of the Western world, from Gregorian chants to twenty-first century compositions.
Led by the Chancel Choir and the largest pipe organ in East Texas, the musical variety ranges from the great anthems of the Reformation and choral masterworks to hymn-based anthems by modern composers and Gospel music. The congregation joins with the choir to sing hymns throughout the service, with a particular emphasis on the singing of psalms.
- Choral Ensembles
- Children's Choirs
The Chancel Choir is an adult choral ensemble comprised of talented volunteers, as well as choral scholars from the University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College. The choir prepares a wide repertoire drawn from nearly 900 years of the Western sacred music tradition, from Gregorian chants to modern compositions, with an emphasis on literature that enhances the liturgy of the Reformed tradition. This ensemble assists in leading worship at FPC most Sundays and rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7–9 p.m. in the Music Suite through mid-June. For information, contact Lee Kohlenberg, Interim Director of Music and Organist-Choirmaster (email@example.com).
Carillon Handbell Choir
The gifted adult handbell ensemble assists in leading Sunday worship approximately once a month at the 11 a.m. worship service. This ensemble utilizes a five-octave set of Malmark handbells in addition to handchimes and other percussion instruments. Basic music reading ability is required for participation in this ensemble. The Carillon Choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings in the Music Suite from 5:30–7 p.m. For information, contact Lee Kohlenberg, Interim Director of Music and Organist-Choirmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Carol Choir is open to children ages 4 through second grade. Children learn basic music reading skills and singing technique, as well as tenets of Reformed worship and music. Children’s choirs rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 5–5:45 p.m. in Room M 105 throughout the school year and perform in worship six or seven times each year, led by Margaret Bjork and Ruth Hardy. For information, contact Lee Kohlenberg, Interim Director of Music and Organist-Choirmaster (email@example.com).
Ring-and-Sing combines elements of a traditional children's choir with handbells and handchimes for kids in grades 3–8. The children develop their basic music reading ability, and build on the choral skills taught in Carol Choir. Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings before the Sunday school hour from 9:10–9:43 a.m., and the choir rings-and-sings in worship periodically throughout the school year. Leaders are Laura Swartz, Janet Burks and Casey Johnson. For information, contact Lee Kohlenberg, Interim Director of Music and Organist-Choirmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FPC Tyler's sanctuary organ—the largest in all of East Texas—is a beautifully restored example of organ building in the Anglo-American style featuring beautiful clear flutes, warm diapasons, and a variety of reed color and tone, as well as a generous number of lush strings and celestes. The organ was built in 2000 by the Canadian firm Casavant Frères.
Following an accidental fire during renovations to the sanctuary in 2012 the organ suffered smoke damage and complete destruction of its console. In 2012 and 2013 the organ was completely cleaned, restored, and tonally refinished. In addition, a new state-of-the-art console was built and installed. This work was accomplished by R. A. Colby & Muller Pipe Organ Co. with technical components by Walker Technical Co.
The Music Ministries at FPC Tyler welcome musicians of all skill levels and backgrounds to join us in glorifying Almighty God. The only prerequisites are a basic level of musicianship and a commitment to use your talent in an act of stewardship and thanksgiving to God. Please contact the Interim Director of Music and Organist-Choirmaster, Lee Kohlenberg (email@example.com), if you are interested in becoming involved.