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Whether you participate through a children’s, youth, or adult choir, sing with a full orchestra, or perform on stage in a musical, great music is a transcendent experience that offers opportunity to create community, enhance worship, enjoy growth, and celebrate our talents. FUMCFW Music Ministries represent all walks of life — children, youth, doctors, teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and stay-at-home moms — where each person contributes a unique gift to our ensembles. Celebrating community is one of the things we do best — and it makes our music even better. Through tours, retreats, rehearsals, and performance, the fun we have working together offers a place of respite and renewal each time we gather.

Contact: Thomas Williams | twilliams@myfumc.org | 817-339-5074

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FUMCFW Music Programs

Children’s Music Programs

We have two choirs for elementary-age children, as well as a special music program for three and four-year-olds. In addition to singing frequently in our Sunday morning worship services, a variety of other fun choir activities for children include retreats, special programs, concerts and musicals. Through these choir programs, children memorize and sing important Biblical texts and Christian concepts as they learn to experience their faith through music.

  • Pre-K Music is designed to teach our three and four-year-olds about music as an expression of God’s love, this introductory music experience is perfect preparation for joining the Children’s Choir when they enter Kindergarten!
  • Children’s Choir is for children in grades K – 2. Our FUMCFW Children’s Choir frequently sings in worship and participates in seasonal programs with the Junior Worship Leaders.
  • Junior Worship Leaders is for singers in grades 3 – 5. They often participate in Sanctuary worship services and present an annual Christmas program and spring musical.

Contact: Mark Burrows | mburrows@myfumc.org

Cornerstone Youth Choir

Cornerstone Youth Choir offers youth grades 7 – 12 an opportunity to learn to sing, perform, and lead worship music several times a year. All singers welcome — no auditions or experience required. Just come with a willing heart and a desire to help spread God’s love through music. Rehearsals are Sundays 4:00 – 5:30 pm, September – May.

Contact: Erin Ypya | eypya@myfumc.org

Adoramus Choral Ensemble

Latin for ‘we adore,’ members of this audition-only ensemble have toured internationally and performed in such venues as Tewkesbury Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral. In November 2008, the group released its first CD, “Solemn Splendor”, which is available internationally under the Clarion record label. As the resident chamber chorus of FUMCFW, Adoramus performs special concerts and services throughout the year.

Contact: Thomas Williams | twilliams@myfumc.org | 817-339-5074

Choral Union Adult Chancel Choir

This passionate service choir strives to provide a variety of musical styles from George Friedrich Handel to Mark Hayes. Choral Union’s main purpose is to lead the congregation in song and provide anthems that proclaim the Gospel of Christ. They lead worship weekly at the 11:00 Traditional service. Choral Union is always in pursuit of excellence and creativity in worship. Whether accompanied by our brand new, state-of-the-art organ, a professional orchestra, or singing a cappella, CU has a little something for everyone. This non- auditioned choir welcomes all who love to sing; no previous experience or musical training is required. Visitors are always welcome, and childcare is available upon request.

Contact: Thomas Williams | twilliams@myfumc.org | 817-339-5074

Crossroad Singers

Crossroad Singers is an auditioned folk/bluegrass ensemble of players and singers that practices weekly and regularly contributes to worship at FUMCFW.

Contact: Dr. David Grant | d.grant@tcu.edu

Advent and Lenten Choirs

Interested in singing, but do not have time to make a long-term commitment to being in the choir? During the seasons of Lent and Advent, we invite anyone to join Choral Union in weekly rehearsals and sing during our Easter and Advent worship services. No experience or ability to read music is necessary, just a song in your heart!  (Oct. to Dec. and Feb. to April)

Contact: Thomas Williams | twilliams@myfumc.org | 817-339-5074

The Gathering Band

The Gathering band leads weekly at the 9:30 a.m. Gathering worship service. This group leads music from today’s contemporary Christian charts to modern arrangements of hymns.  This spirit filled group is always looking for new members to help lead in worship. Rehearsals are weekly in the evenings.

Contact: Clint Church | cchurch@myfumc.org

eleven:eleven revolution band

One hallmark of the eleven:eleven celebration is its band, led by Brad Thompson, performing each week with lyrics that emerge from the theme and songs that crisscross genres and decades to support the theme of the celebration.

Contact: Brad Thompson | brad@bradthompson.com

Fifth Street Bells

Our dynamic FUMCFW handbell choir practices every Wednesday evening at 6pm and plays during the 11:00 a.m. Traditional worship several times per year. This ensemble also participates in local festivals and workshops. Come ring with us! All are welcome — bell ringing experience is preferred. Rm 313

Contact: Thomas Williams | twilliams@myfumc.org | 817-339-5704

The Gift of Music Concert Series

We invite you to join us each September through May for our annual series of special music offerings that comprise our FUMCFW concert series, The Gift of Music.

This monthly series offers a broad array of quality ensembles and a wide variety of music genres, from instrumental music to choral performances to professional soloists and choral ensembles.

Be sure to mark your calendar and join us for this music outreach that offers our congregation and community quality music experiences in our spectacular First Church venues.

Each year’s schedule is released mid-summer. Watch this space for dates, details, and updates!

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Anne S. & Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ

The Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ, built by Dan Garland and Associates and consecrated in 2015, is the third largest pipe organ in Texas. It has five manuals and 160 ranks of pipes and is classified as an American eclectic instrument. First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth is proud of this grand instrument as it blesses the congregation and our community. Deepest gratitude goes to Dan Garland, his associates, and all the pipe organ benefactors and contributors who have made it possible for organists and listeners to experience and celebrate the beauty and magnificence of this instrument now and for generations to come.

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