Music

Church Building Closed Until Further Notice

First Christian Church, Eugene is closed due to the COVID-19 virus. 

We’re blessed at First Christian to have a rich heritage of innovative and high-quality music programs. There’s something here to match the tastes of all members of our congregation, as well as welcome visitors to our church! Our music programs include:

FCCE Virtual Choir

FCC’s Virtual Choir continues to “meet”, and we welcome anyone who would like to join us!  We rehearse via Zoom on Wednesday evenings, 7-8.  Singers receive PDF copies of the music, and rehearsal tracks that will assist with learning parts outside of rehearsal.  When we’re nearing the date for an anthem to appear in worship, each singer records their part on their smartphone while listening to a rehearsal track on another device, and sends it to our audio engineer to mix.  That can be daunting, but we’re making it happen, and the more we do it, the easier it gets.  If interested, please email Nancy Anderson to be included in group emails or for more details: nancy@heartofeugene.org.

Traditional Choir

The choir sings at the 9:00 a.m. traditional worship service on Sundays and offers special music during the year. Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to join. If you’ve been thinking you might like to wear a choir robe on Sunday mornings, come check us out. We’re a fun group of awfully nice people! The Chancel Choir rehearses each Wednesday from 7:30–8:30 p.m.

New Celebration Singers

The Singers lead the 11:15 a.m. New Celebration Worship Service every Sunday and also perform at other special events. Currently, the band uses guitars, keyboards, drums and percussion, and is always interested in experienced singers and instrumentalists. The Celebration Singers rehearse on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Bell Choir (Hand Bells)

The Handbell Choir rehearses each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. The choir performs at the 9:00 a.m. traditional worship service each month and presents special performances during the year. New ringers are always welcome. No experience necessary as instruction is part of the weekly rehearsals. If you have any questions about joining, please call the church, (541) 344-1425 for more information.

The Historic First Christian Church Organ

In 1913, the organ was built and installed by the Esty Organ Company at a cost of $1,300.

The original console was attached to the case of the organ and was later detached and replaced with a modern remote console. The Esty organ was installed with 18 ranks of pipes and after several modifications and a major rebuild currently has 35 ranks.

The organ is maintained by Lanny Hochhalter of Salem, OR. Through the generous gifts of members of the First Christian Church community, the organ is constantly being refined and improved upon. Future modifications may include replacement of some of the more fragile or damaged pipes from the original organ.

The pipe organ has played a significant role in the tradition of protestant worship for centuries.  First Christian Church is proud to carry on that tradition in weekly services of worship, special services, weddings, and community events throughout the year.

If you would like more information about the instruments of First Christian Church, or would like a tour of the organ, please contact the church office at 541-344-1425.