Music & Worship Arts



We are here to help lead WORSHIP, 
to CULTIVATE a family within a family, 
to make an IMPACT through music, 
and to FORTIFY our church through the giving of time and talent. 

Music is not merely an important part of worship. Music is worship, and we serve God by offering our best music to facilitate our congregation’s relationship with God. The music program at First Presbyterian in Greenville, SC, includes children’s, youth, and adult choirs, a handbell choir, and an orchestra. All musicians in the program see music as a continual journey toward excellence, and musicians at all skill levels are invited to join us in musical and spiritual growth.

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Sanctuary Choir
Singers high school age and up, may join the choir in leading worship on Sunday mornings. No experience required, only a love to sing! All are welcomed. The ability to read music is not necessary, and we will work with your schedule to help you be a part of this vibrant, fun, and important ministry. Choir meets on Wednesday evenings, 6:00–7:30pm, in the Choir Room.

Celebration Orchestra
We have open enrollment for instrumentalists (high school level or higher) interested in being a part of the FPCG Celebration Orchestra. Orchestra meets on Wednesdays, 6:00–7:30pm, in the Sanctuary.

Cathedral Ringers
Our adult handbell choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:40–8:30pm in Room 402. The Cathedral Ringers participate in worship several times during the year. Prospective members should be able to read music and some handbell experience is a plus.

Resonate! (6th-12th Grades)
Our middle and high school choir is made up of students who love to sing. The choir rehearsals are on Sundays at 4:30-5:45pm in the Choir Room.

Cherub Choir
K4 and K5 students, directed by Allyson Southerland. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays, 6:45-7:15pm in Room 317.
Carol Choir
K6, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students, directed by Allyson Southerland. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays, 6:15-6:45pm in Room 317.
Covenant Choir
3rd to 5th grade students, directed by Dr. Susan Messer. Rehearsals are on Sundays, 4:30-5:45pm in Room 100.

With choirs for everyone age 4 and older, we’ve got you covered! It’s easy to join. Just give us a call to let us know you’re coming, and we’ll get you all set up. If you’re not sure, give us a “test drive.” Most people are surprised at how easy it is. Are you hiding your candle? Call Tom Barrett at 672-7034 and get involved.


Our church has been blessed with buildings and facilities second to none, and the Ministry of Music is no exception. The addition of our new Chapel in 1999 means that our various performing groups now have many more opportunities to share their gifts with the church and the community. The following is a partial listing of some of our musical instruments and equipment:
In the Sanctuary: Casavant Organ, 1987 (3 manuals, 67 ranks); Schimmel Piano, 1992 (7-foot concert grand).
In the Chapel: Allen Digital Organ, 1996 (2 manuals); Steinway Piano, 1999 (9-foot concert grand).
In the Choir Room: Young Chang Piano, 1988 (7-foot concert grand); Roland HP-330 Digital Piano, 1997; Roland D-50 Synthesizer, 1988; Wenger Musician® posture chairs.
Other Instruments: Malmark Handbells (5 octaves), Whitechapel Handbells (3 octaves), Malmark ChoirChime® Instruments (3 octaves), Sonor Primary Line® Orff Instruments.

For information about Music & Worship Arts at First Pres, contact Tom Barrett, 672.7034 or