Sing to the Lord a New Song
The Music Ministries of First Baptist Huntsville seek to glorify God in Christ, communicating the Gospel in vibrant and creative fashion. Music groups are provided for every age from preschoolers through "experienced adults" and exhibit a remarkable breadth in style as well as a deep commitment to excellence. Our music ministries involve hundreds of persons on a regular basis through worship leadership, rehearsals/preparations, educational activities, and mission endeavors.
music and worship offerings
Music Groups for Adults
Sanctuary ChoirRehearses Wednesdays in the Choir Room from 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. throughout the year. The Sanctuary Choir helps to lead worship each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. The choir is well-known to our community and region due to the live broadcast of the Sanctuary Worship each week (WHNT-19) and the annual presentations of The Living Christmas Tree. Recent years have seen the choir featured at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and in concert with numerous professional musicians.
Hallelujah ChoirRehearses Mondays in the Choir Room from 10:15 – 11:30 a.m. from September through May. Known for its remarkable warmth of fellowship and fun-loving activities, the choir sings occasionally in worship services as well as in various community locations.
Chamber Singers & Other EnsemblesFirst Baptist Chamber Singers is a select ensemble drawn from the larger Sanctuary Choir. Membership varies from project to project. The Chamber Singers provide music for special worship services, for occasional morning worship services, and for unique projects such as the recent presentations of Karl Jenkins’ Requiem at Messiah Lutheran Church and at Asbury Methodist Church, accompanied by the HYO. The most recent appearance was in conjunction with the FBC/HCCA Hodie presentation.
First Students Music
First Students Praise BandThe Praise Band leads in worship every Wednesday evening during First Students Liftoff (5:45 p.m., August – May) as well as accompanying First Students Music for Sunday worship services and special events. Praise Band practices on Sunday afternoons immediately before the First Students Music rehearsal.
First Students MusicFor students grades 7-12, First Students Music encompasses choir and band. Students lead in worship and prepare music for a variety of special events.
First Kids Music
First Kids MusicWednesday evenings, 5:45pm-6:30pm.
In addition to singing techniques, our children's music program provides lessons in music history, rhythm, hymn studies, and more. Our dedicated music teachers also invest in the spiritual development of the children of our church and community. All children are invited to join us on Wednesday nights! For more information, please contact Esther Kim, Associate Minister of Music.
Children's Music CampLook for Music Camp the 2nd week of July.
Kindercamp (completed 5-K): Campers learn songs to complement a Bible story, play instruments, and do crafts.
Younger Camp (Completed Grades 1 – 2) and Older Camp (Completed Grades 3 – 6): Younger and Older Camps learn a church musical, participate in handbells, art, Orff instruments, movement, and drama.
FBC OrchestraThe FBC Orchestra is an integral participant and leader in worship, providing musical presence and support for many special presentations, including The Living Christmas Tree and the Spring/Easter concerts. Known for its extraordinary programming of worship and concert repertoire, members of the FBC Orchestra come from all walks of life, representing a unique inter-generational blend of ages and musical backgrounds. The group gathers each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. for rehearsal.
Mosaic RingersMeets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Rm 240 and is directed by Sherry Christy/Emily Parker. For intermediate to advanced handbell ringers. The Mosaic Ringers ring regularly in Sanctuary Worship as well as Music Ministry concerts throughout the year. They have played several years in our annual Living Christmas Tree program.
First Fellowship Praise BandOur First Fellowship Praise Band leads in worship every Sunday during First Fellowship, and rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. In addition to Sunday mornings, this praise band also performs at special events throughout the year.
The Living Christmas TreePresented annually since 1984, The Living Christmas Tree is FBC’s Christmas gift to the city, featuring over 150 singers, a 60-piece orchestra, and literally thousands of lights!
Multiple volunteers help to plan, promote, construct, decorate and perform on the Tree.
YOU are invited to participate! Click the link to find out more, or contact our Music Ministry Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 256-428-9421.
Opus 48 Artists SeriesWe believe that the development and sharing of God-given talents is part of our Christian stewardship of life and resources. This philosophy is foundational to FBC Music Ministry endeavors. The OPUS 48 Artists Series offers a venue for concerts, lectures and master classes and an opportunity for music ministry participants to share their artistry in the name of Christ.
Instruments-80-rank Casavant Pipe Organ in the Sanctuary
-12-rank Reuter Pipe Organ in the Chapel
-Steinway Pianos in the Sanctuary
-Yamaha Grand Piano in the Chapel
-Boston Grand Piano in the Choir Room
-Boston Grand Piano in the Gathering Place
-Lyon & Healy harp, 85
-CG concert pedal harp
-Lyon & Healy harp,
-Prelude lever harp
-Drum sets & Orchestral Instruments
-Carillon—48 cast bronze bells (Verdin) housed in the bell tower
Upcoming Music & worship events
HanGing of the Green
In both morning worship services, we celebrate the beginning of the Advent Season.
Living Christmas Tree
December 19-22, 2019
Our Living Christmas Tree is a church-wide event that involves hundreds of volunteers as we give our community a marvelous gift that touches hearts with the message of Christ's birth. This December will see our 35th Anniversary presentation of the Living Christmas Tree. As we celebrate 35 years of light, our theme for the presentation is Light and Life to All He Brings.
Mid Winter Choral Workshop
January 31 - February 2, 2020
with Eric Nelson
Artistic Director, Atlanta Master Chorale
Director of Choral Activities, Emory University
Minister of Music & Worship
Billy has been at FBC since 1998 and leads a growing program of music and worship ministries that encompasses choirs for all ages, ensembles, bands, an orchestra, handbells, an artists series and various specialized music ministries such as masterclasses and concerts. His wife, Jane, is a social worker and therapist. Billy and Jane have two adult children, and three grandsons.
Associate Minister of Music/organist
Esther has been with FBC since August of 2017. She received her D.M.A. in Organ Performance from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Esther and Hans are the proud parents of Diane and Joy.