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music at 1st

"Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a single degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up, and you will find it a blessing."  

from John Wesley's Directions for Singing Select Hymns, 1761


Director of Music - Terry Wilson  sacmusic@1stchurch.org

Assistant Director of Music - Susan Daves sdaves@1stchurch.org

Contemporary Worship Music Director - Chris Lee clee@1stchurch.org

Sarah Lawson - Director of Youth Choir Music

Katie Russell - Director of Children's Choral Music

Click here for a look at the rehearsal start-ups by date.

Click here for a look at the rehearsal start-ups  by choir. 

  • Chancel Choir

    This 70-voice choir prepares a variety of sacred music for the 10:30 traditional worship service in the sanctuary. Yearly highlights include a televised Christmas Cantata with orchestra and special Easter music with orchestra or brass.

    Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 9:00 pm on Wednesdays in room 249.  

  • Morning Glory Chorus

    This 20-voice chorus of "early birds" prepares music for the 8:15 Traditional worship service. In addition, the group also prepares a special Christmas Cantata with instrumental accompaniment. 

    Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings at 7:35 am in room 249.

  • Contemporary Praise Band

    Praise bands provide music for the 10:30 Contemporary worship service on Sunday mornings as well as the Celebrate Recovery worship services on Wednesday nights.

    For more information on h ow you can be a part of our praise bands contact Chris Lee at

    865-982-1273 or clee@1stchurch.org .

  • Evensong Handbells

    This group of about a dozen women ring advanced level music using 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells.  Music is prepared for worship and for special programs in the community. 

    Rehearsals are Sunday evenings - 5:15 - 6:15 pm in room 252 . 

    Contact is Susan Daves - 865-982-1273  sdaves@1stchurch.org

  • Church Orchestra

    Rehearsals are each Sunday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Sanctuary. The orchestra will play periodically for both the 8:15 and 10:30 am Traditional Worship Services. Musical choices are designed for high school through adult ages.


    Karen Kirkman (orchestra coordinator)

    karenkirkman@yahoo.com or 865-742-2630

    Terry Wilson (Director of Music)

    sacmusic@1stchurch.org or 865-982-1273

youth choirs

  • Celebration Singers

    This 50 voice choir of 7th - 12th grade provides music during various worship services throughout the year. 

    In the past this youth choir has participated in summer music mission tours in Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and North and South Carolina. The tours are divided between mission work and singing in churches and retirement centers. The Celebration Singers have also performed at Disney World, FL. 

    All youth are welcome!  

    Contact is Terry Wilson - 982-1273 (ext. 109 )or at sacmusic@1stchurch.org

    Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings from 5:10 to 6:10 pm in room 249.

  • Jubilant Ringers

    This group of 9th -12th grade youth ring intermediate to advanced level music using 5 octaves of handbells. 

    Rehearsal time is Sunday afternoon from 4:30 - 5:10 pm in room 252.

  • Celebration Bells

    This group of 7th and 8th graders rings beginning to intermediate level music using 3 octaves of handbells. 

    Rehearsal time is Sunday afternoon from 4:30 - 5:00 pm in room 254.

children's choirs

  • Primary Praise Singers

    Kindergarten and 1st graders make up this choir which presents music for worship services and special music at Christmas. 

    Rehearsals are Mondays 3:15-4:15 pm in Room 254 .

    Mary Beth Towles, director. Vickie Turner, accompanist. 

  • Merrymakers

    This musical group of 2nd and 3rd graders consists of a chorus and two tone chime choirs.  Music is prepared for worship services with special music at Christmas. 

    Rehearsals are Mondays from 3:15 to 4:15 pm in Rooms 249 and 252.

    Terry Wilson and Susan Daves, directors. Mary Ann Dunn, accompanist. 

  • Joy Singers

    This group of 4th through 6th graders Includes a chorus and two handbell choirs.  These children prepare worship music. special music for Christmas and music during a summer tour which is part mission and part fun.  

    Rehearsals are Mondays from 3:15 to 4:15 pm in rooms 249 and 252. 

    Directors are Terry Wilson and Susan Daves. Accompanist is Mary Ann Dunn.