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God gave us music
that we might pray without words

Music is a huge part of our worship and our culture at First Pres. It shows up in everything from the hymn selections on Sundays to our mission trips and beyond.

If you love what music brings to your life—and to your relationship with God—I’d like to personally invite you to experience our one-of-a-kind music program.

Ralph F. Stannard
Music Director, First Presbyterian Church of Richardson
Artistic Director, Plano Civic Chorus

Sanctuary Choir & Children's Choir
The Sanctuary Choir

During Sunday worship, The Sanctuary Choir not only leads the congregation in hymns and responsorial music, but also performs an anthem and an offertory piece. The chorus is made up of professional performers and those who simply love to sing. While we’re a volunteer choir, we take our role in worship seriously—and we strive to move people closer to God with each performance.

    Rehearsals: Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:30pm

    Open to all adults regardless of musical training

Children’s Choir

The Children’s Choir nurtures our kids’ joy of singing — and helps them learn the importance of teamwork, focus and discipline along the way.

    Open to children ages 4 – 12

    Rehearsals: Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:00pm

    No musical experience required

The Sanctuary Music Series

Ralph Stannard started the Sanctuary Music Series as a way to share our musical gifts—and the message that inspires them—with our friends and neighbors in the community. His programs are spiritually fulfilling, technically challenging and artistically inspiring. The music series features The Sanctuary Choir in partnership with professional performers like the Dallas Chamber Orchestra and a number of soloists.

Current Programs Include:

    Good Friday Concert

    All Saints Day Concert

    Christmas Concert

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Ruth Greer Handbell Choir
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Beauty resounds often at FPCR, thanks to the musical talents and commitment of the Ruth Greer Handbell Choir (RGHC). Through the generous support and gifts of many members of the congregation, RGHC is blessed to ring six octaves of Malmark handbells and six octaves of Malmark choirchimes.

Rehearsals are Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:15pm (September thru May). All youth and adults with music-reading experience are invited to participate

Those who want just a sampling of what it's like to ring handbells can join us for one of the short-term classes offered periodically throughout the year.

RGHC Concert celebrating 30 years under Becky Lormor's leadership

November 11, 2018

2016 Summer Handbell Camp Report
by Becky Lormor

A diverse group of elementary students and adults attended FPCR’s 2016 Handbell Music Camp in August,  including folks from our Taiwanese nesting congregation (TPCD), children and a parent from First Friday, a music director from a neighbor church, a member of our FPC Chamber Ensemble, and an FPC worship visitor from Turkey.

Over the course of five evenings, these musicians, from beginners to pros, filled our Commons with ringing; shared fellowship over supper; and competed in games such as Handbell Baseball, Whole Note Ring Toss, MUSIC Bingo, and Rhythm Sudoku! Along with learning or reviewing basic musical vocabulary, the campers absorbed an array of handbell-specific concepts, including ring; damp; let vibrate; shake; martellato; 4-in-hand; and more…. If that’s all “Greek” to you, I invite you to attend our next handbell class OR contact me about forming a beginner handbell choir at FPC.

Wednesday’s camp featured a solo ringing performance by veteran RGHC-ringer Brenda Swindle, accompanied by Michele Sargent. Seeing and hearing Brenda ring three octaves of bells alone, beautifully, gave campers an aspirational goal. At camp’s end on Thursday, the ringers demonstrated their new musical talents in the Sanctuary, beginning with a memorized processional, continuing through etudes and examples of techniques and musicianship, and concluding with Margaret Tucker’s Bell Chime.

I am extremely grateful to each of the campers for participating, and my sincere appreciation goes to ten generous FPCR volunteers, who served in myriad ways to help camp succeed.

Soli Deo Gloria!

2015 Handbell Camp Finale

The Reuter Pipe Organ

shirley-with-organEvery 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