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FUMC Choir

The FUMC Choir is a dedicated ensemble of musicians who meet twice weekly to rehearse and provide musical leadership and support for 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary Worship, Festival Services at Christmas and Easter, and special services and concerts during Advent and Lent.

September through June
Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary Choir Room (12th and Colorado St. entrance) and Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in advance of the 11 a.m. service.

Summer Choir
Provides musical leadership (July and August) for 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary Worship. Rehearsals are Sundays, 10:15 – 10:55 a.m. in the Sanctuary Choir Room.

If you are interested in joining the FUMC choir, please contact Scott Davis, Director of Music at scott@fumcaustin.org or 512-478-5684, ext. 209.

Children’s Choir

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoons during the school year, SAN Room 110

The Children’s Choir incorporates fun and fellowship into singing praise to God. The children use instruments and learn basic music theory while practicing songs to perform during worship services and at an annual musical.

Contact Roxie Garza, Director of Children’s Choir, at roxie@fumcaustin.org.

Handbells

Sanctuary Bells is a 5-octave group made up of experienced ringers. This group rehearses Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in the Balcony of the FUMC Sanctuary. The music that we ring is multi-faceted—contemporary, gospel, sacred, with other instruments and voices. Small Ensembles, duets, trios, and solos are also a part of our ministry. Sanctuary Bells perform on the Second Sunday of every month.

Periodically during December, the Sanctuary Bells perform at outside venues.  The Sanctuary Bells performed at the Children’s Blood Cancer Christmas Party at the Bob Bullock State History Museum.

For more information please contact our Director of Handbell Choirs, Shirley Derryberry at sderryberry22@gmail.com.

Organ

The first organ on record was built in 1928 by Henry Pilcher’s Sons (Op. 1439 – 3 manuals /33 ranks) of Louisville, Kentucky. In 1969, a new instrument was built by Otto Hofmann (3 manuals – 65 ranks) of Austin, Texas. Four stops or ranks (sets of pipes) and their wind chests were retained by Hofmann from the 1928 Pilcher organ, those being a large scale 16′ Open Wood, a 16′ and 8′ Stopped Wood, and a 16′ Gedeckt in the pedal division. By 2010, these stops (from 1928) were barely functional, and the Hofmann organ was becoming more and more mechanically unreliable. The console (or keyboards and stops), having had several alterations over the years, including the addition of a SSL combination action, was also failing.

In 2010, a large gift was given to First Church to begin an organ fund to either rebuild or replace the Hofmann organ. Over the next several years this fund grew, and in 2014, a large gift was given by an FUMC family and over $100,000 was raised by the congregation.  At this point, a contract was signed with R.A. Colby, Inc. of Johnson City, Tennessee to begin “Phase I” of two phases to rebuild, enlarge, and revoice the Hofmann organ, essentially creating a new instrument.

Phase I involved:

  1. a new 3 manual and pedal console of Maple with Walnut Burl interior and 130 drawknobs and a 200 memory level combination action
  2. new wind chests for the 1928 Pilcher stops
  3. electrical renovation of the instrument including completely rewiring the organ, and replacing all magnet discs
  4. a new 16′ and 8′ Bombarde unit in the pedal
  5. a new 16′ and 8′ Hooded Harmonic Trumpet (TC)
  6. a new high pressure blower and reservoirs for the new reeds
  7. expanded tonal resources via digital sampled stops

The new R.A. Colby instrument now has the equivalent of 100 ranks and was premiered in a concert by Ken Cowan on May 31, 2015.