Music Ministries

at First Church strive to glorify God, edify God’s body, the church, and to provide musical opportunities in which the church family may participate. There is a place for you in our varied programs. Become connected in a weekly group, or share your talents on an as needed basis during our large works.  Normal First Music Ministries is a Reconciling Ministries Community – all are welcome!

Ensembles typically rehearse September through May.


Chancel Choir

This talented group of singers enhances Sanctuary worship services with their anthems and special choral presentations. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 pm. Chancel Choir is open to all in the church who are willing to share their voices in worship. Childcare is available.


Celebration Ringers

Handbell ensemble is open to adults and older youth with ringing experience.  Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons, 3:30-4:40pm.  Our Schulmerich Bells have recently been completely refurbished – wow, do they ring nicely!


Shalom Bells Plus

This bell choir is open to youth grade 6 to 12 and adults who like to ring. It’s a good place to learn ringing techniques.  Rehearsals are held as on Sunday’s from 4:45pm to 5:30pm.



Normal First Orchestra & Brass

These ensembles are open to all instrumentalists (winds, strings, percussion) with at least four years’ experience on their instruments. Rehearsals are held as needed, typically participating in worship twice per year.


Children’s Music

Info can be found on the Children’s Ministries page.  There are plenty of opportunities for your child(ren) to become involved!