Kevin Butler is the Director of Music.
If you have any questions, please contact him here.
Under the direction of Kevin Butler, the Chancel Choir is open to all adult and high school age singers. The choir sings every Sunday at the 9:00 a.m. Traditional Service and at special programs from September through June. Rehearsals for the Chancel Choir are held on Thursday evenings 7:00 p.m. The repertoire includes a wide variety of styles and composers, including Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Rutter, and Britten. Also, the choir has sung anthems by Duke Ellington, spiritual arrangements, and folk tunes. The choir has performed with The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and The Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Recent presentations of major choral music masterworks have included Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Rutter’s Requiem and Gloria, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Stainer’s The Crucifixion, Cherubini’s Requiem, and Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ.
Celebration Praise Team
The Celebration Praise Team is a volunteer group that leads worship music at the 11:00 A.M. Celebration Service on Sunday mornings year-round. The Praise Team specializes in contemporary praise music featuring current artists such as Chris Tomlin, Hillsong United, Casting Crowns, Newsboys, and others. If you have heard it on the radio, we will likely play it sooner or later! The Praise Team repertoire ranges from Jazz, Funk, and Contemporary Gospel to Bluegrass and Blues. Drums, guitars, keyboards, bass, and even a mandolin create the background for our vocalists to lead the church into the presence of God through music and celebration. The music is always selected to support the mood and meaning of the message and to provide an environment for authentic worship.
The Celebration Praise Team consists also of the Tech Team, led by Tom Bailey. The Tech Team works to provide sound engineering and visual media for the Celebration Service. The Tech Team provides opportunities for training and hands-on experience running sound and visual media.
Rehearsals are every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Praise Team provides an open opportunity for anyone wishing to serve as an instrumentalist, vocalist, or tech. Whatever your talents, we will find a fit for you.
Chancel Ringers Bell Choir
Under the direction of Kevin Butler, the ensemble is open to adults and youth who have the desire to rehearse weekly. The Chancel Ringers participates in the 9:00 Traditional Service primarily on the fourth Sunday of each month, September through May. They also perform at various community events throughout the year and occasionally join other bell choirs at local and state bell festivals. Rehearsals,Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
We believe that all children are creative, and musical in some way, and they should have the opportunity to develop these gifts. We offer Children’s Choir for all children ages 3 years—6th grade. Our hope is that this experience will inspire a love of music and a chance to serve the church by being a part of worship regularly.
Sounds of Joy Choir is for children ages 3 years—1st grade. This group meets in room 310 on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. This musical experience will include songs, bells and learning hand motions for songs. Children will be escorted to Good Shepherd Sunday school following choir, unless a parent is present to pick them up at 10:15.
Sounds of Celebration Choir is for children in 2nd—6th grades. This group meets in the Music Center, room 206, on Sunday evenings from 6:00 p.m.—6:45 p.m. This music experience will include songs part singing, bells and learning hand motions for songs at an age appropriate level. Parents are welcome to wait for their children in the library or join a weekly Bible study or small group that meets on Sunday evenings!
Sounds of Faith Choir is for youth grades 7-12. This group meets in the Sanctuary on Sunday evenings from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in preparation for youth Sunday services and other special musical services.
Joyful Ringers is the bell choir for youth grades 5-12. This group rehearses in the Music Center on Sunday evenings from 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. No previous musical experience is required but some training in music reading is encouraged.
Moller Opus 8406 Pipe Organ
First United Methodist Church of Columbus was thrilled to celebrate the 50th birthday of Moller Opus 8406 Pipe Organ in 2002. This beautiful work of craftsmanship has become known as the “Golden Memorial” Pipe Organ. Although the Moller company is no longer in business, they hold the distinction of building more pipe organs for churches and concert halls than any other organ company in the United States. The organ was a gift to the church from the Walter Golden family in 1952. This beautiful three-manual pipe organ consists of four divisions: the Swell, Great, Choir, and Antiphonal. The special inclusion of the Antiphonal organ permits music to come from the rear of the balcony when especially soft music is desired.
Fridays@First is a music concert series featuring local, national, and international artists. Free and open to the public Fridays@First presents a wide variety of musical styles and artists utilizing the Bechstein Grand Piano and the intimate concert setting of our Sanctuary. Some recent artists include Nikolay Verevkin, Arkady and Tamara Orlovsky, Julianna Jerome-Drerup, The Lasting Impressions, and New Opera Voices from Indiana University.