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 always brings special music for Easter/Christmas Cantatas, Lent/Advent seasons and services, Black History Month, All Saints Service and much more. FUMC was chosen and honored to lead music at the opening service at the South Georgia Methodist Conference this year, as people even outside of our church walls have been moved by our music.

The choir sings a wide variety of musical styles, genres and eras of music history. The Chancel Choir is active throughout the year while taking a break during parts of the summer months and in between seasons.

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

Come and join us!

First Kids Choir

Our Kids Choir rehearses during "Sunday Funday", which takes place on Sundays from 5-7pm. Children from 1st-5th grades are welcome to join. The children are fed supper, then they play games and we end out the evening with choir practice. 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 are a youth (6th-12th grade) and 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