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Music Ministries

Whether you participate through a children’s, youth, or adult choir, sing with a full orchestra, or perform on stage in a musical, great music is a transcendent experience that offers opportunity to create community, enhance worship, enjoy growth, and celebrate our talents. FUMCFW Music Ministries represent all walks of life — children, youth, doctors, teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and stay-at-home moms — where each person contributes a unique gift to our ensembles. Celebrating community is one of the things we do best — and it makes our music even better. Through tours, retreats, rehearsals, and performance, the fun we have working together offers a place of respite and renewal each time we gather.

Contact: Robert Stovall | rstovall@myfumc.org | 817-339-5074

 

The Gift of Music Concert Series

We invite you to join us each September through May for our annual spectacular collage of unique music offerings that comprise our FUMCFW Concert Series, The Gift of Music. This continuous, school-year-long series offers a broad array of quality ensembles — each at the top of its level — with instrumental music from organ to strings and brass, and choral performances featuring male and female, community, high school, college, and professional choral ensembles. Be sure to mark your calendar and join us for this music outreach that provides something for everyone’s musical taste across genres, styles, and periods. Each year’s schedule is released mid-summer.

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FUMCFW Music Programs

Children’s Music Programs

We have two choirs for elementary-age children, as well as a special music program for three and four-year-olds. In addition to singing frequently in our Sunday morning worship services, a variety of other fun choir activities for children include retreats, special programs, concerts and musicals. Through these choir programs, children memorize and sing important Biblical texts and Christian concepts as they learn to experience their faith through music.

  • Pre-K Music is designed to teach our three and four-year-olds about music as an expression of God’s love, this introductory music experience is perfect preparation for joining the Children’s Choir when they enter Kindergarten!
  • Children’s Choir is for children in grades K – 2. Our FUMCFW Children’s Choir frequently sings in worship and participates in seasonal programs with the Junior Worship Leaders.
  • Junior Worship Leaders is for singers in grades 3 – 5. They often participate in Sanctuary worship services, and present an annual Christmas program and spring musical.

Contact: Mark Burrows | mburrows@myfumc.org

Cornerstone Youth Choir

Cornerstone Youth Choir offers youth grades 7 – 12 an opportunity to learn to sing, perform, and lead worship music several times a year. All singers welcome — no auditions or experience required. Just come with a willing heart and a desire to help spread God’s love through music. Rehearsals are Sundays 4:30 – 5:30 pm, September – May.

Adoramus Choral Ensemble

Latin for ‘we adore,’ members of this audition-only ensemble have toured internationally and performed in such venues as Tewkesbury Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral. In November 2008, the group released its first CD, “Solemn Splendor”, which is available internationally under the Clarion record label. As the resident chamber chorus of FUMCFW, Adoramus performs special concerts and services throughout the year.

Choral Union Adult Chancel Choir

Choral Union is the primary service choir for FUMCFW. This dynamic group of volunteer singers rehearses from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday evenings in the Choir Suite in the main building. With music ranging from the renaissance period to some of the 21st century’s best and most innovative composers, Choral Union is always in pursuit of excellence and creativity in worship. Whether accompanied by our brand new, state-of-the-art organ, a professional orchestra, or singing a cappella, CU has a little something for everyone. Open to all, no audition required.

Crossroad Singers

Crossroad Singers is an auditioned folk/bluegrass ensemble of players and singers that practices weekly and regularly contributes to worship at FUMCFW.

Contact: Dr. David Grant | d.grant@tcu.edu

Revolution Band

One hallmark of the eleven:eleven celebration is its band, led by Brad Thompson, performing each week with lyrics that emerge from the theme and songs that crisscross genres and decades to support the theme of the celebration.

Contact: Brad Thompson | brad@bradthompson.com

Fifth Street Bells

Our dynamic FUMCFW handbell choir offers fun group practices every Wednesday evening and plays during worship several times per year. Come ring with us! All are welcome — no experience or audition required.

Contact: Peggy Graff | pgraff@myfumc.org | 817-339-2405

 

Anne S. & Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ

The Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ, built by Dan Garland and Associates and consecrated in 2015, is the third largest pipe organ in Texas. It has five manuals and 160 ranks of pipes and is classified as an American eclectic instrument. First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth is proud of this grand instrument as it blesses the congregation and our community. Deepest gratitude goes to Dan Garland, his associates, and all the pipe organ benefactors and contributors who have made it possible for organists and listeners to experience and celebrate the beauty and magnificence of this instrument now and for generations to come.

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Follow the Music Ministries Blog:

  • Spectrum Chamber Music Society, Fort Worth’s oldest professional chamber music group, begins another exciting new season featuring musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) and friends performing both popular music and hidden gems from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods.

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  • Join us for the 21st Season of Spectrum Concert Series. Each season three delightful concerts are held in the intimacy of Leonard Memorial Chapel, featuring instrumental chamber ensembles and professional musicians affiliated with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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  • Calling all men! If you enjoy singing in a choir but are not available to commit weekly to Choral Union, please consider committing to a short-term, “sprint” choir experience! Singing Men of First Church will be featured on Sunday, October 1 at the 9:30 and 11:00 am Traditional Worship services in the Sanctuary.

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