Music at First Church

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles has enjoyed a long history of musical excellence.  The Great Organs of First Church, with over 18,000 speaking pipes, is one of the largest pipe organs in the world, brought to life each Sunday by Dr. Christoph Bull.  While our worship services are steeped in rich church traditions, as our congregation becomes increasingly diverse, so does our music program -- spanning European sacred canon, jazz, Americana and gospel, world music, and the occasional tribute to influential secular artists (such as Leonard Cohen and Prince.)

Our Choir

The Cathedral Choir of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles plays an integral part of our worship service each week. Comprised of both professional and volunteer singers, this group, is part of the rich musical tradition of First Church that continues to this day. The choir performs a wide range of music β€” from contemporary to early music β€” in a season that runs from September through May, with special services for Christmas Eve and Holy Thursday, as well as other special services or concerts.  For more info about becoming a part of the First Church Choir, email Dr. David Harris at dharris@fccla.org.

The Great Organs of First Church

The Great Organs of First Church is an instrument appreciated by organ aficionados around the world for its complexity, grandeur, and remarkable sound.  Comprised of several organs joined together, it is among the largest church pipe organs in the world, with 18,094 speaking pipes, 328 ranks, 15 divisions, and a total of 278 speaking stops.  For more detailed info about the Great Organs, click HERE.

Our Music Partners

First Church is also proud to be home-base for nationally recognized choruses; Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, Vox Femina of Los Angeles, Southeast Symphony and Top Shelf, and LA Choral Lab. These organizations utilize our space for rehearsals, and perform at least one concert per year in our venue. Members of these groups also participate in our Sunday morning worship from time to time.

 

Our Staff

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Dr. Christoph Bull

Organist-in-Residence

cbull@fccla.org


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Dr. David Harris

Director of Music

dharris@fccla.org

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Art at First Church

 

First Church is committed to the belief that art is a way of interpreting humanity and its relationship to the divine.  The church's commitment to the arts is reflected in the Shatto Art Gallery, which is housed in our Shatto Chapel.  This permanent exhibit houses works by artists Dan McCleary, Andy Romanoff, and Rick Nahmias. In addition to this collection, First Church has hosted numerous art exhibits that are open to the public.  These exhibits are open to the public, and benefit local arts non-profits, like Art Division and Inner City Arts.

 

UPCOMING MUSIC & ART EVENTS