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God gave us music
that we might pray without words

The Music Ministry of First Presbyterian Church is a vital and active music program that incorporates vocal ensembles, handbell choirs, and instruments. Our hope is that God will be glorified and that both performers and listeners will be moved to a closer relationship with God.

Ralph F. Stannard
Music Director, First Presbyterian Church of Richardson

The Sanctuary Choir | Ralph Stannard, Director

Staff-Ralph-StannardApproximately 50 singers participate in the Sanctuary Choir at FPC. Choir is not only a place where worship and music-making come together, it’s also a place where friendships are forged, and a place where all are can experience the wonder and joy of serving God through music.

The Sanctuary Choir leads the 10:30am worship service each Sunday singing in a variety of musical styles. The singer’s deep devotion to the choral arts not only inspires and motivates our hymn singing but enables the choir to perform at the highest musical levels in anthems, offertories, and special concerts. The choir includes both highly skilled vocalists and those who simply love to sing. It takes its role in worship seriously and strives to move people closer to God through musical excellence. The Sanctuary Choir is open to all who are willing to dedicate themselves to weekly rehearsals and Sunday worship services.

Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening from 7:30 – 9:30pm

The FPC Chamber Ensemble | Ralph Stannard, Director

The Chamber Ensemble is a select group of singers who have had extensive vocal training and experience in choral music. The group primarily specializes in a cappella singing with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to modern classics. They prepare occasional concerts and sing in special worship services throughout the year. Potential singers must demonstrate the required skill set to be considered for membership.

Ruth Greer Handbell Choir | Becky Lormor, Director

Staff-Becky-LormorThe Ruth Greer Handbell Choir (RGHC) is a group of faith-filled, talented musicians who ring for worship about once a month. Becky Lormor is a highly skilled handbell ringer and instructor who has served as FPC’s handbell director for over 30 years. The choir performs on a six octaves of Malmark Handbells and six octaves of Malmark Choirchimes. The choir often participates in local handbell festivals and periodically Becky offers short-term classes for those who want to sample what it’s like to ring handbells. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 5:45pm -7:15pm (September thru May). All youth and adults with music-reading experience are invited to participate.


RGHC Concert celebrating 30 years under Becky Lormor's leadership

November 11, 2018

Children's Choir | Katie Gassensmith, Director

Katie GassensmithThe Children’s Choir nurtures our children’s joy of singing — and helps them learn the importance of teamwork, focus and discipline along the way. Katie Gassensmith is our children’s choir director and is a highly skilled, music professional who specializes in childhood music education. Her program includes a full complement of Kodaly instruments and African hand drums and they perform a variety of musical styles including anthems, Psalms, and contemporary songs.

The choir is open to all children ages 4-12. They sing once a month in our 10:30am worship service and they rehearse on Sunday mornings from 10:00 - 10:20 a.m. after the Sunday School hour.

The Reuter Pipe Organ

shirley-with-organ By Shirley Latham, Former FPC Organist, 2001

Every organist dreams of the day when someone will say, I'd like to buy a pipe organ for our church. My dream came true in November, 1999 when Don and Bara Colegrove told me of their desire to give a pipe organ to First Presbyterian, Richardson. The Colegroves wanted to use money that they had inherited to give the organ in honor of their parents. After hearing of the gift, the Session quickly appointed an organ Selection Committee and they began work reading, learning and listening. During the spring of 2000, Stan and Ginny Holcomb and Sanford Mitchell came forward with gifts that would make additional ranks possible on the organ.

During July of 2000, the Organ Selection Committee made the unanimous decision to sign a contract with The Reuter Organ Company of Lawrence, Kansas and Church Organ Associates of Dallas (Allen Organ Company). Given the space limitation, the inclusion of digital voices was deemed appropriate to increase the flexibility of the instrument as well as meeting the musical needs of our diverse-music program. All of the donors were in complete support of these decisions. Sadly, Don Colegrove died on July 29, 2000 from A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was, however, able to see stop lists and drawings of the proposed organ before his death.

After the contract was signed for the organ, the Session appointed a committee to supervise necessary renovations on the Sanctuary. That committee came to the congregation in February asking for a campaign to raise the funds necessary to improve acoustics in the Sanctuary, enlarge the dais, add hardwood flooring to the dais, and replace worn carpet. The congregation approved such a campaign and provided immediate evidence of their support by pledging $210,000 toward the project within three weeks.

On May 13, 2001, the truck from The Reuter Organ Company arrived in the church's parking lot during the 11 a.m. service and was greeted by the Organ Committee which then staged, during the final hymn, a Procession of the Pipes down the Sanctuary's middle aisle. Members of the congregation were invited to stay after worship and help unload the truck, and stay they did (even the children) carrying in pipes, wind chests, and all the other parts necessary to make the organ a reality. Roger Banks, Mark Langdon, and J. R. Neutel did the work of installing, tuning, and voicing the instrument.

What an exciting and joyous adventure this entire process has been! Through it all, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church has shown its love and support through prayer, the sharing of excitement, and willingness to help in many ways. They have agreed to serve on committees, help unpack pipes, clean the Sanctuary, and handle many other necessary chores. This organ will serve to enhance the worship of our Lord for generations to come. How grateful we are for the privilege of having such a glorious instrument. How grateful I am to be in this place at this time.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Shirley Grubbs Latham


Full List of Organ Stops

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