Music Ministry

Kevin Butler is the Director of Music.  
If you have any questions, please contact him here.
Chancel Choir
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 under the leadership of Erik Matson is a volunteer group that leads worship music at the 11:00 A.M. Celebration Service on various 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.

Chancel Ringers Bell Choir

Under the direction of Kevin Butler, the ensemble is open to adults and youth who are interested in this unique opportunity in musical worship. The Chancel Ringers participates in the 9:00 Traditional Service usually once a month, September through May. No musical experience is required just a desire to learn, have fun and praise God. Rehearsals are Tuesdays are Tuesday evenings 6:30 – 7:45 pm.

Music for Children & Youth
We believe that all children are creative, and musical in some way, and they should have the opportunity to develop these gifts. We offer these opportunities for children and youth ages 3 years – 12th grade in singing, bell ringing and all forms of instrumental music. 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. Special opportunities for children and youth in music happen throughout the year particularly at Advent/Christmas, Palm Sunday/Easter and for Youth Sunday Services. 
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. 
Dr. David K. Lamb performs on the In Dulci Jublio Moller Opus 8406 Pipe Organ.  
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, the Moller Opus 8406 Pipe Organ and the intimate concert setting of our Sanctuary. Some recent artists include Arkady and Tamara Orlovsky, The Purdue Glee Club, The Columbus Brass Quintet, Harmonic Brass from Germany, Dr. David K. Lamb, organ and New Opera Voices from Indiana University.