Music

Church Building Closed Until Further Notice

First Christian Church Eugene is closed due to COVID.

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:

Virtual Choir

FCCE’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 music, and rehearsal tracks that will assist with learning parts outside of rehearsal.  We are using a wonderful user-friendly platform to record (video) individual parts that are then mixed into an honest-to-goodness virtual choir!  This recording can be daunting, but we’re making it happen, and the more we do it, the easier it gets.  It has been delightful during these strange times to welcome new singers from afar or from other choirs who are looking for more opportunities to make music!  If interested, please email Nancy Anderson to be included in group emails or for more details.  nancy@heartofeugene.org

Traditional Chancel Choir

FCCE’s Chancel Choir has morphed into the Virtual Choir for the duration of Covid restrictions.  Up until March 2020, this choir sang at the 9:00 traditional worship service every Sunday, and offered other special music during the year.  Just like the current Virtual Choir, anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to join.  As we re-imagine what our church will look like post-pandemic, stay tuned for more information on what music opportunities will be available when we re-open to real, live, actual worship!!

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.

Cloche d’Ors Handbell Choir

Before our world locked down in response to the pandemic, FCCE’s handbell choir rehearsed weekly and rang approximately once a month for worship and for special events as opportunities presented themselves.  When we are allowed to re-open, and church life resumes some semblance of normalcy, new ringers will be welcome.  No experience is necessary, as instruction is part of the weekly rehearsals.  For now, requests for information can be directed to Chancel Choir Director Nancy Anderson at nancy@heartofeugene.org.

Our Historic Etsy 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.