Worship Through Music

Upcoming Concerts

I Will Joyfully Sing

On Sunday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. the Church Choir, Youth Choir, and FirstRingers of First Baptist Church will present a concert entitled “I Will Joyfully Sing”. Admission is free and childcare is provided.

Jubilate Deo
On Sunday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. One Accord, the auditioned ensemble of First Baptist Church, will present the central Virginia premiere of Dan Forrest’s new choral work with chamber orchestra entitled “Jubilate Deo”. This one-hour choral work uses seven different languages in six movements to express the joyous words of Psalm 100. Admission is free and childcare is provided.

Music Ministry

Music provides a common language to communicate the joy and hope of the Christian life. The Music Ministry gives everyone from the three-year-old to the 90-plus-year-old an opportunity to glorify God in worship, serve God through the community, and be on mission in the name of Christ around the world.

Each age division of the Music Ministry seeks to call out the best spiritual, personal, and musical resources from its participants. Though there is an unapologetic pursuit of excellence, a high priority is given to the nurture and encouragement of Christian growth and service.


Preschool and children’s choirs at First Baptist begin at age three and continue through the fifth grade. Participation in the choirs affords the children a place to develop self-expression, leadership qualities, self-discipline, as well as exposure to musical and spiritual concepts. Choirs meet by age levels on Wednesday evenings, except during the summer months.

  • M&Ms Age 3 by October 1   Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Angels 4 Age 4 by October 1    Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Angels 5 Age 5/K by October 1    Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Music Makers Grades 1-2    Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Carol Choir Grades 3-5    Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

Age group descriptions and choir schedules.


The Messengers, grades 6-12, meets on Sunday evenings except during the summer. New members are welcomed and encouraged in the choir. Auditions are held for Youth Girls' Ensemble each fall.

  • The Messengers Grades 6-12   Sundays at 4:45 p.m.
  • Youth Girls' Ensemble Grades 8-12   Sundays at 4:00 p.m.


FirstRingers, the adult handbell choir, meets on Tuesday evenings. The choir has been honored to perform at the White House and the Governor’s Mansion and has presented concerts and led workshops in Cloppenberg and Amberg, Germany.

Alegria & Jubilate, the youth handbell choirs, meet on Wednesday evenings, except during the summer. Jubilate is for introduction and beginning bells. Alegria is for more advanced ensemble ringing. Both choirs are mixed youth 1 and 2, grades 6-12.

  • Jubilate Youth Handbell Choir    Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Alegria Youth Handbell Choir   Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m.
  • FirstRingers (Adults)   Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Joyful Ringers (Senior Adults)   Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.


Our Church Choir, One Accord ensemble (auditioned adult ensemble) and JoySingers (senior adults) provide inspirational and dynamic music for the worship services. Seasonal services during Advent and the spring are punctuated with stirring music and concerts, frequently accompanied by orchestra and instrumental ensembles.

  • Church Choir   Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m.
  • One Accord   Sundays at 6:15 p.m.
  • JoySingers   1st, 2nd, and 4th Thursdays of the month (except during summer) at 2:00 p.m.

For more information contact Susan Marshall, Worship Ministry Administrative Support.