Music and The Arts
Through the years, music has played an important role in the life of First Presbyterian Church.
Talent and leadership from the Music Department of Valdosta State University have
contributed significantly to this area of church life.
While a full set of bells has periodically complimented worship and special occasions,
the Adult Choir is the mainstay of choral presentations. Under the direction of
Gabby Ford, who holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music from VSU, the choir attracts music students’ participation with small
scholarships offered to a few section leaders.
Two instruments support worship, congregational singing, choral presentations, and concerts.
A 2-manual, 20-rank, 1996 Holtkamp tracker pipe organ is the main instrument.
One of the oldest and most respected organ builders in the U.S.A. and located in Cleveland, Ohio,
sound quality, beauty, craftsmanship, and attention to detail have been the hallmarks of
many of its exceptional instruments. We think our Opus 2061 is one of these!
Dr. Donna Gosnell serves as Church Organist.
The sanctuary is also home to its classic-era Steinway Model “A” grand piano.
With excellent acoustics, First Presbyterian’s sanctuary is a music lover’s delight for
choral and instrumental presentations, as well as hymn-singing.