Music Ministry

Our Music Ministry is a wonderful opportunity to serve the worship ministry of our church!

If you have a talent you would like to share, or are interested in plugging into one of the opportunities listed below please email Makinsey Rosser

Sunday Funday-Sundays at 5:00 pm

Handbells-Mondays at 6:00 pm

Chancel Choir-Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir leads and provides music for the 11 AM Traditions worship service, as well as many special services throughout the church year. 

The choir sings a wide variety of musical styles and genres, including composers that are a part of all eras of music history - from Bach to Bluegrass, Contemporary to Classical, Gospel to Renaissance.

The choir meets to rehearse on Wednesday evenings in the choir room from 6:30 to 7:45 pm.

Come and join us!


The Orchestra is made up of talented church members and occasional professionals to help lead hymns and accompany the choir for special services. 

The orchestra plays at the 11 AM Traditional worship roughly once a month. 

We are always looking for woodwind players, brass players, string players, and percussionists who would be willing to give their talents to enhance worship at Cordele First.

If you are interested, please email Jeff Ellis

Senior Choir

The Senior Choir is made up primarily of members 55 years and older, but all ages are invited to sing. 

The main ministry of Jubilee Choir is to sing at the local retirement homes around Crisp county. Although, they have been known to take the occasional tour to surrounding counties. 

Come join our great time of fellowship, laughter, and music on Wednesdays at 11:00 AM!

First Kids Choir

Come be a part of the First Kids Choir on Wednesday afternoons

*No Kids Choir during the summer months.

Our Kids Choir starts at 5 PM for K5-5th grade, and at 5:30 PM for K3 thru K4. The children practice in order to sing when scheduled on Sunday mornings and at other events.

If you would like to serve in this way, or want more information, please email Brenda Farrow or Makinsey Rosser

Renovate Praise Band

"Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with Thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him." Psalm 95:1-2

If you sing or play an instrument, come and join the Renovate Praise Band upstairs in the Activities Center for practice. We would LOVE to have you join us in using our talents to glorify our AWESOME God!

If you are interested in joining our Renovate Praise Band, please email Kody Franks.

Our Pipe Organ

The A. E. Schlueter pipe organ in the sanctuary of Cordele First deserves its own section of the website because it is such a vital part of the music ministry here at the church. It contains 1361 pipes (22 ranks) that are playable via three manuals and pedals. The organ replaced the Möller pipe organ that was built in 1924-1925 as a two manual instrument with 14 ranks. The existing Möller case was restored with a reduction of case depth (30 ”) to allow more room in the choir loft. Some of the pipes from the former instrument were retained and re-voiced. The organ is complemented by Walker custom digital voices.

The organ specification was designed to be eclectic, paying homage to American Classicism. The tonal intent was “to design an instrument that was warm but not at the expense of clarity, and clear but not at the expense of warmth.” 

The organ resources are controlled by a three manual draw-knob console. The console is built of mahogany with ebony division dividers. The console features modern conveniences for the organ performer such as multiple memory levels, programmable crescendo and sforzando, the ability to playback and record organ performance, and MIDI.

Here are Specifications:

Great (unenclosed)
16’ Violone
8’ Principal
8’ Violone
8’ Bourdon
8’ Harmonic Flute
4’ Octave
4’ Spitzflöte
IV Mixture 1 1/3'
8’ Festival Trumpet
8’ Trumpet

Swell (expressive)
16’ Lieblich Gedeckt
8’ Gemshorn
8’ Gemshorn Celeste
8’ Flute Celeste II
4’ Principal
4’ Koppel Flute Photo of new 3-manual console of 22-rank Schlueter pipe organ installed at First United Methodist Church of Cordele, Georgia
2 2/3' Nazard
2’ Flach Flute
1 3/5’ Tierce
IV Plein Jeu 2’
16’ Basson
8’ Cornopean
8’ Hautbois
8’ Vox Humana
4’ Clarion

Choir/Positiv (expressive)
16’ Quintaton
8’ Principal
8’ Voce Umana
8’ Gedeckt Pommer
8’ Viola
8’ Viola Celeste
4’ Spitz Principal 4’ Spillflöte
2’ Principal
1 1/3’ Quintflöte
Photo of new 3-manual, 22-rank Schlueter pipe organ for First United Methodist Church of Cordele, Georgia being erected in Schlueter erecting room1’ Sifflöte
IV Scharf
8’ Festival Trumpet
8’ Cromorne

32’ Untersatz
16’ Principal
16’ Violone
16’ Bourdon
16’ Lieblich Gedeckt
16’ Quintadon
8’ Octave 
8’ Violone
8’ Bourdon
8’ Gedeckt
4’ Choral Bass Photo of console shell in Schlueter woodshop for new 3-manual, 22-rank Schlueter pipe organ installed at First United Methodist Church of Cordele, Georgia
4’ Flöte
III Mixture
32’ Contra Basson
16’ Trombone
16’ Basson
8’ Trumpet
8’ Hautbois
4’ Clarion

Inter-Manual Couplers

Great to Pedal 8', 4'
Swell to Pedal 8', 4’
Choir/Positiv to Pedal 8’, 4’
Swell to Great 16', 8’, 4’
Choir/Positiv to Great 16’, 8’, 4’
Swell to Choir/Positiv 16’, 8’, 4’                                                          


MIDI on Pedal—A, B
MIDI on Great—A, B
MIDI on Swell—A, B
MIDI on Choir/Positiv—A, B

Combination System

128 levels of memory
1,2,3,4,5 piston affecting Great (thumb)
1,2,3,4,5 pistons affecting Swell (thumb)
1,2,3,4,5 pistons affecting Choir/Positiv (thumb)
1,2,3,4,5 pistons affecting Pedal (toe)
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 general pistons (thumb)
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 general pistons (toe)
Great to Pedal (thumb and toe)
Swell to Pedal (thumb and toe)
Choir/Positiv to Pedal (thumb and toe)
Programmable Sforzando (thumb and toe)
Set piston (thumb)
General Cancel (thumb)
Programmable Crescendo Pedal