The Choirs at First Central Presbyterian Church support and enhance the weekly and special worship services of the congregation through the presentation of traditional sacred music.
The Sanctuary Choir, for high school students and adults, meets on Wednesday evenings for rehearsal and sings for the worship service, as well as during other special services during the year.
Clell Wright Music Director
Clell E. Wright, D.M.A. serves on the faculty of Hardin-Simmons University as Director of Choral Activities and Logsdon Professor of Church Music. Dr. Wright received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri, Kansas City where he studied with the noted Dr. Eph Ehly and Dr. Charles Robinson. He received his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting and Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Bachelors of Music in Church Music from Samford University. Dr. Wright is active as a choral clinician and as a guest lecturer on music and worship. He has several articles on choral music and worship in print and he has spoken at TMEA and ACDA events and has served as guest clinician in high schools and middle schools across the state. He has also served as guest conductor for All-Region Honor Choirs. Dr. Wright’s choirs have toured nationally and internationally and have been recognized for their choral excellence and innovative repertoire.
Dr. Wright has served as Music Director for the First Central Presbyterian Church of Abilene since 2011.
Dr. Larry Wolz Organist
Dr. Larry Wolz is Professor of Music History and Literature as well as Vocal Pedagogy at Hardin-SimmonsUniversity. Dr. Wolz is also head of the department of Music History and Literature, and has been on the faculty at Hardin-Simmons since 1978. A member of both the Forth Worth and Big Country chapters of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Wolz earned the Guild’s Service Playing Certificate in 1986. As an active member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, he is the book review editor for the Society’s journal, The Hymn. An accomplished writer and author, Dr. Wolz has composed and published arrangements for the organ, as well as numerous scholarly articles concerning church music.
Dr. Wolz has served as the organist for the First Central Presbyterian Church of Abilene since 1981.
Special Services that feature enhanced musical performances include Music Sunday in February, Maundy Thursday, Advent, and Christmas Eve.
Recent special services have included traditional master works as well as modern arrangements of religious music such as Dubois’ “Seven Last Words of Christ,” and Vivaldi's "Gloria" in 2004.
The Sanctuary Choir maintains a scholarship program for performance major students at area colleges. The church presently offers four scholarships to students who perform with the choir and also sing as a quartet at the service.
The Sanctuary Choir invites members of all ages, including youth, to join and participate. Auditions and musical attainments are not required. Only a desire to perform traditional sacred music which has inspired millions over the centuries is needed. The staff and the other professional musicians are as courteous and helpful as they are talented. Our choir has accomplished much under the direction of Barbara Perkins, but it will require greater depth of membership for it to sustain its excellence of performance. Those interested in singing with the choir may contact Barbara Perkins at 692-1809 or Berta Farmer at 692-7212.
The Joy Seekers is a choir for kindergarten through 5th grade. Music is an important part of Wednesday evening programming for children. Opportunities to share music in worship and special events are provided throughout the year.
For more information about the Joy Seekers, please contact Claudia Walker at 698-4104.
Do you enjoy music, and making music, but don’t really like to sing? We have a place for you!
The First Central Presbyterian Church is seeking persons interested in contributing musically and spiritually to the worship services through participation in a handbell choir. If you want to ring with joy, contact Carol McClellan through the church office.
For more information about any of the choirs at First Central Presbyterian church, email email@example.com or call the Church Office at 325-677-3501.