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Dr. David Hobson, Director of Music
Dr. Will Andress, Director of Fine Arts
E. Ray Peebles, Principal Organist
Melanie Barron, Administrative Assistant

The Music Ministry of the Church, under the direction of Dr. David Hobson, includes all of the musical groups and programs that help the congregation celebrate its faith through God’s gift of talent.  The hundreds of volunteers in the Music Ministry include not only singers, instrumentalists, actors and dancers, but also a multitude of people who make it all happen. Worship and the arts are important in the life of our congregation and there is always something for everyone.  This sense of inclusiveness is felt in the worship services as well.  Since this is a large congregation with wide ranging needs and experiences, the music heard in worship likewise meets these criteria.  Whether one finds musical nurture in the great classical music and hymns, gospel songs, or 21st century music of the church, this variety is to be found in the Traditional Worship experience of First Methodist Church.  Everyone’s needs are met.  Here, one’s sacred memory is nourished. The Music Ministry of the church is a wide-ranging program.  It includes a choir for each age group (3 years through senior adult), a brass quintet, a symphonic orchestra, major works with orchestra, a fully equipped theatre with acclaimed runs of a Broadway musical each summer, the Texas Street Arts Series, an annual Church Music Workshop, choir tours for both the Youth and Adult choirs.  Worship and the arts are an important aspect of the congregation’s life.  For more information and/or to register for one of these groups, simply contact the Music Department by email or phone 429-6887.

Choirs of the Church

The church offers an integrated music program for our children age 3 through 5th grade.  The Children’s Choirs meet every Sunday morning from 9:35-10:00 during our Sunday School time.  The Sunday School and Choir School have proven very successful in our church.

Tuneful Tots

Under the direction of Julia Andress, Clara Hemmings and Emily Viskozki, the 3-4 year old children embark on a journey into the world of music.

Sonshine Choir

The Sonshine Choir (K4 through E5), directed by Lucy Reyes, continues on their musical journey, developing a love of service to the church through music.  The elementary choir learns to become part of the worship leadership through monthly choral singing in both the traditional and the contemporary 11:00 am worship services.  Twice each season they participate in Church Night as well as other events throughout the year.

Adoramus Choir

In addition to leading in the worship service during the 8:30 am on alternating Sunday mornings during the school year, the Adoramus Choir (6th-12th grades) finds time to participate in Church Nights and an exciting variety of other activities and tours scheduled throughout the year. This group is directed by Amy Wakefield. The Annual Ski Trip to Colorado is one of our favorite mid-year things to do and we work hard to make this possible with various fund raisers. This is usually planned for the long weekend in January over the Martin Luther King holiday. Besides getting away from all the stress and pressures of school and growing up, this is a time for our choir members to get to know each other better and to make life-long friendships.  It gives us the chance to be ourselves.   We borrow the church vans, travel all night, and spend 3 days on the slopes. Another of our favorite trips is the annual pilgrimage to Six Flags Over Texas, usually the first weekend of school in the fall. We drive over to Dallas, attend a Rangers Game, enjoy our time at Six Flags, spend the night in a nearby hotel and return the next day. Our Summer Tour is a week long road trip to some exciting destination. These have included New York, Disney World, Nassau, Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, and the Rocky Mountains.  We sing for retirement and nursing homes, sing in church on Sunday and have a grand time seeing the sites which includes everything from theme parks to white water rafting. Weekly Schedule for ADORAMUS Choir SUNDAY 8:30, 11:00 AM     Sing in Worship (SELECT SUNDAYS OF THE YEAR) 9:00-9:45 AM     Choir Rehearsal

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir (college age and up) is the primary musical organization for adults in the church.  Providing musical leadership for the 11:00 AM service each Sunday.  The choir sings all forms of sacred choral music from spirituals to the great classics of the church.  The organization also provides the nucleus for musicals in the Performing Arts Center (PAC), presents two or three major works each year, usually with an orchestra, and an international tour every two years, usually in conjuction with singers joining from other churches.  Non-singers are also welcome to come along. Exotic destinations  over the years have included the Orient, Australia/New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and Greece, Norway, Denmark and Sweden.  We have also performed in Carnegie Hall, New York City.   Our 2008 tour was to Eastern Europe (Prague, Vienna, Budapetst and Bratislava.  The Cotswold, London and Paris were destinations in July 2010. The Chancel Choir meets for rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 PM (except Thanksgiving, and when Christmas/New Years fall on a Thursday) Out of the larger Chancel Choir, we have founded some smaller, more specialized choirs using our God given musical talents to their full potential.

  • Wesleyans        Thursdays      9:00-9:30 PM     Sept – May (College)
  • Chamber Choir   Thursdays      9:00-9:30 PM     Sept – May (College +)

For more information on any of these groups, please contact the Music Department at 318.429.6887 or email us at dhobson@fumcshreveport.org or mbarron@fumcshreveport.org