Music

We believe that the music we play and sing, as an expression of our faith, is both a gift from God and an offering to God.

The music and arts ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest seeks to uplift the congregation in worship and in life through a diverse selection of music that speaks to the minds and hearts of all generations. We celebrate the value of both the old and the new.

Sanctuary Choir

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We invite you to join our FesticalChoir - a great opportunity to participate in our music ministry in a low-commitment environment. Just come to two Thursday rehearsals prior to a Festival Choir Sunday. If you have any questions, contact Tom Tropp at ttropp@firstchurchlf.org.

Adult and Youth Handbell Choirs

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First Presbyterian’s music ministry offers two adult handbell choirs and one for all ages!

Lakeminster Ringers meet on Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Chancel Bells meet on Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Contact Dr. Barry Wenger at bwenger@firstchurchlf.org to learn more about the bell choirs.

Children’s Choirs

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Our children’s choirs welcome children age 4 through 8th grade. The children participate in worship monthly, sing on Christmas Eve, and present a musical during worship in February. No previous musical experience is required. All are welcome! Rehearsals begin in September.

  • Children age 4 through 1st Grade sing in our Cherub Choir, which meets on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Children grades 2 through 5 are in our Carol Choir, which meets on Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Email Susan Noble at snoble@firstchurchlf.org.

9:00 AM Music Ensemble

We invite musicians to participate in the musical ensemble to play at the 9:00 AM worship service, led y Christina Maldonado and Nathan Fivecoate. Some experience is great, but definitely not required. We are excited to coach musicians of all levels, so come join the fun on Wednesday evenings in the Sanctuary! If you are interested, please contact Christina Maldonado at cmaldonado@firstchurchlf.org.

First Presbyterian Church Music Tours

Over the past 40 years, our singers and ringers have had the chance to witness God's love in Jesus Christ on various music tours.

  • 1979 Scotland (Sanctuary Choir)
  • 1982 Germany & Switzerland (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 1985 England & Wales (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 1988 England (LakeminsterRingers)
  • 1991 Canadian Maritimes (Sanctuary Choir)
  • 1992 Wales & Ireland (Lakeminster Ringers)
  • 1996 Prague, Vienna, Budapest (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 1999 Poland & Germany (Sanctuary Choir)
  • 2003 Scotland (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 2007 Italy (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 2011 Ireland & Northern Ireland (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 2014 Latvia, Estonia & Finland (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 2019 Netherlands (Lakeminster Ringers)
  • 2022 Portugal & Spain (Lakeminster Ringers)
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