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Music at First Presbyterian


Music is an integral part of the worship life of First Presbyterian Church. It raises our spirits to God in worship, assists us in prayer, and moves us to a realm beyond the spoken word. We celebrate not only our rich musical heritage, but look to the future with excitement as we continue to grow our ministry of music. We offer several areas of involvement for all ages. You are warmly encouraged and welcome to be a part of our dynamic Music Ministry.


If you have questions or are interested in joining our Music Ministry, please contact Director of Music & Organist Marijim Thoene.


The Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is the principal choir of the church, and provides music at the 10:00 a.m. service each Sunday, as well as special services and holidays throughout the year. Most recently, the Choir has performed major choral works with orchestra such as Vivaldi's Gloria, Faure's Requiem, and Saint-Saën's Christmas Oratorio. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. and after worship at 11:15 a.m. 


Our Organ

First Presbyterian Church houses a magnificent pipe organ. Our church organ by the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company, opus 108, sounded its first note in public on Sunday, November 23, 2008. The instrument uses pipes from the original 1897 Jardine & Sons Organ with expanded pipework and new works.

The dedicatory concert was Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 by Dr. John Weaver, Prof. of Organ Emeritus, Julliard & Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Weaver was the Director of Music and Organist at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City and chair of the PC(USA) hymnal committee in 1984.

For more info and to see a stop list, please click HERE. 

The Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival 

Since 2009, the Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival has presented concerts featuring world-class organists, free to the public. The Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival is committed to making the organ and its music relevant to contemporary lifestyles by providing free, widely accessible concert events in a welcoming environment. We educate and enrich our community while inspiring and offering artistic development opportunities to today’s young musicians.

Upcoming YPOF Events

Performances by Dr. Tim Huth, fall 2024 and Dr. Karel Paukert, fall/spring 2024/25.

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