Come Make Music With Us!
The Sanctuary Choir and Handbell Choir invite members of all ages, including youth, to join and participate. Auditions and musical attainments are not required--only a desire to perform traditional sacred music which has inspired millions over the centuries is needed. The staff and the other professional musicians are as courteous and helpful as they are talented.
Both choirs meet weekly for practice on Wednesdays--The Handbell Choir at 6:30 p.m. and the Sanctuary Choir meets at 7:30 p.m. For more information about any of the choirs at First Central Presbyterian Church, please call the Church Office at 325-677-3501.
The Choirs at First Central Presbyterian Church support and enhance the weekly and special worship services of the congregation through the presentation of traditional sacred music.
The Sanctuary Choir sings for the 11:00 a.m. worship service, as well as during other special services during the year.
The Handbell Choir performs throughout the year, performing offertories and special music at selected services and participating in other special musical occasions.
Clell E. Wright, D.M.A. serves on the faculty of Hardin-Simmons University as Director of Choral Activities and Logsdon Professor of Church Music. Dr. Wright received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri, Kansas City where he studied with the noted Dr. Eph Ehly and Dr. Charles Robinson. He received his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting and Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Bachelors of Music in Church Music from Samford University. Dr. Wright is active as a choral clinician and as a guest lecturer on music and worship. He has several articles on choral music and worship in print and he has spoken at TMEA and ACDA events and has served as guest clinician in high schools and middle schools across the state. He has also served as guest conductor for All-Region Honor Choirs. Dr. Wright’s choirs have toured nationally and internationally and have been recognized for their choral excellence and innovative repertoire.
Dr. Wright has served as Music Director for the First Central Presbyterian Church of Abilene since 2011.
Dr. Larry Wolz has served as Professor of Music History and Literature as well as Vocal Pedagogy at Hardin-Simmons University. Dr. Wolz also served as head of the department of Music History and Literature on the faculty at Hardin-Simmons since 1978. A member of both the Fort Worth and Big Country chapters of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Wolz earned the Guild’s Service Playing Certificate in 1986. As an active member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, he is the book review editor for the Society’s journal, The Hymn. An accomplished writer and author, Dr. Wolz has composed and published arrangements for the organ, as well as numerous scholarly articles concerning church music.
Dr. Wolz has served as the organist for the First Central Presbyterian Church of Abilene since 1981.
Special Services that feature enhanced musical performances include music-focused Sunday services at various times throughout the year, including Maundy Thursday, Easter, Advent, and Christmas Eve. Of special note is the yearly Christmas Cantana, an Advent season service that features a stunning full-service musical program.
The Sanctuary Choir maintains a scholarship program for performance major students at area colleges. The church presently offers four scholarships to students who perform with the choir and also sing as a quartet at the 8:30 a.m. service.