The Music Ministry of First Baptist Church provides opportunities for all to participate in making worship music of many styles through singing choirs for all age groups, handbells, and vocal and instrumental ensembles. In addition to worship, the many musical talents at First Baptist Church are used in concerts, festivals, musicals, and special fellowships within and outside the church.
The Sanctuary Choir is the flagship choir of the Music Ministry and provides music each week for the 11:00 am worship service. The choir sings a variety of church music in all different styles and genres. The choir also presents at least two major choral works each year with orchestral accompaniment. The Sanctuary Choir rehearses Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Music Suite.
The Youth Choir is open to students in grades 7 through 12 and meets Sundays at 5:15 pm from September to May. The choir performs choral music in a variety of styles and genres and provides students an opportunity to use their God given talents in worship leadership. The Youth Choir also participates in the CBF Georgia Youth Choir Festival.
Graded Choir Program
The Children’s Choirs of First Baptist Church teach children to express faith in God through singing, listening, moving, and playing instruments. The choirs meet on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 pm from August to May. We use the Growing in Grace Children’s Choir Curriculum that is published by Celebrating Grace. Our Children’s Choir Coordinator is Teresa Granger, Music Teacher at Rocky Branch Elementary School.
Brownie Bear Preschool Choir for ages 3, 4 and 5
Music Makers for grades K, 1 and 2
Joyful Singers for grades 3, 4, 5, and 6
Adult Handbell Choir
The Adult Handbell Choir rings three octaves of Malmark Handbells and rehearses Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm from September to May. The choir rings one Sunday a month in worship and is open to adults with music reading ability and in consultation with the director.
Woodruff Memorial Organ
The M.P. Möller Organ Opus 11166 was a gift to First Baptist Church Athens, Georgia in 1976 by the Metropolitan Foundation in loving memory of Nell Hodgson Woodruff. The Donald E. Chance Pipe Organ Company of Greensboro, Georgia has rebuilt and refurbished the instrument and constructed a new main console.
The organ renovation project of 2014 was made possible by a generous matching grant of $100,000 to First Baptist Church in honor and memory of Robert W. and Nell Hodgson Woodruff by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
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The Men’s Ensemble meets on the first and third Wednesdays from September to May at 6:30 pm in the Music Suite. This ensemble sings four-part men’s chorus literature for worship and is open to men with music reading ability and in consultation with the director.
Instrumentalists are used frequently in worship in brass and woodwind ensembles, on hymn and anthem obbligatos and accompaniments, and as solo instruments on preludes and offertories. Please consult with the Minister of Music if you would like to be a part of these worship leadership opportunities.
First Baptist Church has a Choral Scholars ministry which offers two $2000 (yearly) scholarship positions to two UGA students for the academic year. The positions allow students the experience of singing with an accomplished church choir, hopefully fostering a lifelong involvement in music ministry.
The Choral Scholars ministry offers two $2000 (yearly) scholarship positions to two UGA students for the academic year. The positions allow students the experience of singing with an accomplished church choir, hopefully fostering a lifelong involvement in music ministry. In addition, there are both formal and informal opportunities to explore the full meaning of music within the Christian faith. Choral Scholars are encouraged to be active in the college ministry of the church, enjoying the support of a “home away from home” church family.
Choral Scholars must be actively enrolled in a degree program at UGA. Participation requires full membership in the Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church which includes a weekly rehearsal on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. and Sunday morning worship from 10:45 a.m. – 12 noon. Additional activities include two seasonal concerts (December and April). In this period absences from 6 rehearsals and 6 services will be permitted.
An audition will be scheduled with you upon receipt of your application. Audition requirements include one prepared solo, sight reading and aural evaluation.
Positions will be offered by August 25 and acceptance deadline is August 26.
The First Baptist Church of Athens, Georgia would agree to pay a scholarship in the amount of $2000 to UGA on behalf of the student for the academic year. The scholarship would be paid in two $1000 installments at the end of each semester, following the completion by the student of the stated duties.