Music and Worship
Billy Orton - Minister of Music and Worship
“Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” PSALM 33:3
The Music Ministry of First Baptist Church seeks to glorify God in Christ, communicating the Gospel in vibrant and creative fashion. Providing music groups for every age, the Music Ministry involves hundreds of persons in educational and service activities on a weekly basis. We place great emphasis upon the worship of God and upon the wonderful responsibilities of leading and equipping persons to be actively involved in that important act.
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To find your place in our Music Ministry, check out these pages:
Choral Division - Choirs for all ages
Instrumental/Keyboard Division - Includes the organ and piano, orchestra, handbells, and carillon bell tower
Music Ministry Staff - Our Music Ministers and Staff
The Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church, Huntsville serves as part of the worship leadership team for FBC’s 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Worship Service each Sunday (broadcast live on WHNT-19 television). The choir performs a wide-ranging repertoire and frequently is accompanied by the 45-member FBC Orchestra.
The choir is featured in several special presentations throughout the year, including Hymn Festivals, the Spring or Easter concerts, and the Living Christmas Tree, which are attended by thousands throughout the region. Past performances include: Blue Grass & Stained Glass (2010) with excerpts from Carol Barnett's Blue Grass Mass; Brahms' Requiem presented as part of the church's celebration of our 200th anniversary (2009); and Haydn's Creation.
Two musical compositions were commissioned for the choir and orchestra during the Bicentennial Celebration year (2009): an anthem by Michael Cox entitled “Run the Race with Perseverance,” which was premiered on March 1, 2009 and "Come and Worship the Newborn King" by Camp Kirkland of Nashville, Tennessee for the 25th anniversary of the Living Christmas Tree.