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Dr. Nathan Payant, Director of Music and Arts

Dr. Joel Bacon, Organist / Artist in Residence

Brenna Martin /Children's Choir Coordinator and Cherub Children's Choir Director

Abigail Gilson, Joyful Noise Children's Choir Director


Cherub Children’s Choir: for 5K—1st Graders

Children's Choir meet from 10:30–11:00 a.m. every Sunday morning at FUMC.  (September–May)

We focus on very elementary music and movement skill development, learning to match pitch, produce a good tone, and beginning to form good chorister habits. We sing in the worship services approximately once every other month. The focus of this group is to learn the foundations of good singing and to have fun. Public performance is not a primary goal. For additional information please contact Brenna Martin at . We look forward to singing with you!


Joyful Noise Children’s Choir: for 2nd—4th graders

Children's Choir meets from 10:30–11:00 a.m. every Sunday morning at FUMC. (September–May)


We focus on musical skill building, good tone production, and creating music together to praise the Lord! We sing in worship approximately once a month at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. In addition, we often present seasonal musicals around Christmas and Easter. For additional information, please contact the Director of Music, David Adkins @ .  We look forward to singing with you!


Sanctuary Choir

The Sanctuary Choir is at the very heart of the music ministry at FUMCFC. At approximately 50 members strong, the Sanctuary Choir provides musical leadership each Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. (We leave after the Doxology at the 11:00 a.m. service). Each winter and spring, the Sanctuary Choir performs a major work as part of the Music at First Church Concert Series. New members are always welcome. For more information please contact the director, David Adkins @ .  

Rehearsals: 7–8 p.m. Thursdays (August–May)
Childcare is provided upon advanced request.


Church Orchestra / Instrumental Ensemble

The Church Orchestra is a new instrumental ensemble at First Church designed to give an opportunity for those that play a band or orchestral instrument a chance to contribute to the worship services. We meet from 5:45–6:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings of the month and play for the morning worship services approximately once a month. If you play at a moderately advanced level, you are welcome to join us. This group is intergenerational and includes Jr. High students through adults. We currently have approximately 20 members but would love to welcome you to this exciting ministry.  (September–May)

For more information please contact David Adkins at .

Childcare is provided upon advanced request.


First Singers 

First Singers is a smaller choral ensemble drawn from the larger Sanctuary Choir. Members of First Singers must also participate in the Sanctuary Choir and are typically advanced singers that learn new music quickly. Many are Choral Scholars at First Church and receive tuition assistance or scholarship money for participating in the Music Ministry of First Church. They sing advanced literature in a variety of musical styles from gospel to standard choral literature in various worship services throughout the year.   This ensemble provided music on a weekly basis throughout the COVID pandemic.  For more information please contact Music Director David Adkins @

Rehearsals: 8–8:30 p.m. Thursdays (August–May)

Childcare is provided upon advanced request.


Carillon Bell Choir

The FCFUMC Carillon Handbell Choir rings in worship once a month from September through May. Participation in a bell choir is fun, and it encourages teamwork, dependability, and artistic expression while using musical skills of note reading, rhythm, and coordination. All are welcome who will commit to rehearse weekly and share their musical talent. (August–May)
For more detailed information, contact director Karen Stoody at .

Alleluia Bell Choir

This is a beginner handbell choir for any adult interested in learning to ring handbells.  Music reading is not mandatory, but is helpful. This group has lots of fun learning new music and handbell techniques. Although public performance is not the focus of this group,  we do play for worship services occasionally. (August–May)  This group is reforming and will begin rehearsals at a new day at time beginning in February 2022
For more detailed information, contact director Karen Stoody at .


Stover St. Stompers

The Stover Street Stompers are an outreach ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Collins. Organized in 2002, the band has played Dixieland tunes, gospel songs, spirituals, and traditional hymns for worship services at many United Methodist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian Churches in northern Colorado as well as programs at nursing homes, for community and charitable events, and provided the music for luncheons at the United Methodist Church Rocky Mountain Annual Conference in Denver.


Contact: John Allum at 226-4149 or .


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