MUSIC AT FUMC

In his letter to the church in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul says, "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns
and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to
God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:19-20


For more information, please contact Chris Caffee at chris@fumcbryan.org

  • ADULT CHOIR

    SANCTUARY CHOIR

    The Sanctuary Choir is the heart of the music ministry of First United Methodist Church of Bryan. The ensemble provides musical leadership in worship each Sunday at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary. Additionally, the Sanctuary Choir performs major works with professional instrumentalists in special programs that include the annual Hanging of the Greens and special Sunday morning programming during the Christmas season, Holy Week and Easter, and A Celebration of Faith and Freedom in July. The ensemble also participates in events that include our Awakening Downtown Sunday evening series and the annual West District Hymn Sing. 

     

    The Sanctuary Choir rehearses each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary along with other specially called rehearsals throughout the year. For more information, contact Chris Caffee, Minister of Music & Worship at chris@fumcbryan.org.

     

    THE AWAKENING BAND

    The Awakening Band leads our contemporary worship service that is held in the gym each Sunday morning at 9:00 am. In addition to morning worship, the band also leads special events throughout the year including the Awakening Downtown Sunday evening series that is held in the Palace Theater on Main Street in Downtown Bryan. Music staff members Karl Brinkmann and Sara Hadley lead this ensemble in rehearsal each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm in the gym. To receive more information, contact Karl at karlb1@prodigy.net

     

    CELEBRATION CHOIR

    The Celebration Choir is a small ensemble that provides musical leadership on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month in the 8:30 am service. The group rehearses on Sunday mornings at 8:00 am in the choir room that is located off the sanctuary choir loft. For more information, contact Chris Caffee, Minister of Music & Worship at chris@fumcbryan.org

  • HANDBELL CHOIR

    First United Methodist Church is fortunate to own 5 Octaves of Schulmerich Handbells as well as Malmark Handchimes in addition to other instruments. This adult handbell ensemble of advanced ringers provides music for worship services throughout the year including music for Christmas, Easter, and Patriotic Sunday among others. They ring as a group as well as part of an ensemble with professional instrumentalists. Ringing primarily medium to advanced literature, they perform at the church as well as throughout the Bryan/College Station community.

     

    The Adult Handbell Choir rehearses each Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the Handbell Room in the Music Suite on the 2nd Floor of the Sanctuary building. For more information, contact Chris Caffee, Minister of Music & Worship at chris@fumcbryan.org. 

  • CHILDREN'S CHOIR

    Members of our youngest singing group begin their musical journey in the church in this choir. They learn musical concepts and explore the gift of music while having fun and learning how to lead others in worship. This ensemble is featured in the worship services at 9:00 & 11:00 am on a regular basis. Rehearsals for the Children’s Choir begin at 5:00 pm each Sunday afternoon during the school year in the Music Suite on the 2nd Floor of the Sanctuary building. For more information, contact Chris Caffee, Minister of Music & Worship at chris@fumcbryan.org

  • the sanctuary pipe organ

    First United Methodist Church of Bryan has enjoyed the use of the pipe organ in worship almost as long as the church has existed. The first known pipe organ is believed to have been a Hook and Hastings instrument built sometime after 1900 for a former sanctuary that had been erected on our present property. A rank of pipes used in the current organ is from that first installation from so long ago. The historic organ from the previous building had been moved into the present worship space when it was built in 1951. 

     

    The next new pipe organ was dedicated in the current sanctuary on September 23, 1966.
    It was built by the firm of Herman Boettcher & Sons of Dallas and featured 3 manuals, 39 ranks, and 2,291 pipes. That instrument led the congregation in worship for over 40 years until it became obvious that a new instrument was absolutely necessary. 

     

    Our current outstanding pipe organ was dedicated in 2008 and was built by Dan Garland Pipe Organs, Inc. of Fort Worth. The instrument contains 47 ranks of pipes with a beautiful new 3 manual console in the choir loft where pipes are exposed as well as a gallery organ and chimes in the balcony of the sanctuary. In addition to the oldest Hook & Hastings pipes, the best of the pipework from the 1966 Boettcher instrument was also retained in this current organ.