Please note: the pipe organ was destroyed in our sanctuary fire on March 22, 2016. The traditional service is currently being served by a Johannus Ecclesia series electronic organ.
This page is being kept intact as a historical record of our fine instrument
First Presbyterian Church has always been known for the strong emphasis it places on sacred music of the highest caliber. The Chancel Choir, consisting of volunteers and professionals, has a long history of performances of the great choral masterpieces, and every week lifts the spirits of our congregation in traditional and classical sacred works. Our Candlelight Carol Service has been a Christmas tradition for 100 years. The young voices of our Junior Choir and Youth Ensemble also sing regularly for worship.
Our pipe organ, originally built by Moeller, was restored and expanded in 2011 by Orguès Létourneau of Quebec, Canada. The completed organ has 4 manuals, 76 stops, 67 ranks, 5 divisions, and 4114 pipes, keeping it the largest in Bergen County. It has been played by many of the country's leading recitalists. (Pictures of the restoration are to the left.)
First Presbyterian Church is also the home of the Bergen Symphony Orchestra which gives several concerts each year. Our music series presents organ, choral, vocal and instrumental groups in an annual series of concerts.
For more information, please send e-mail to our Music Director and Organist, Dr. David Macfarlane.