First United Methodist Church of Mesa is blessed with an outstanding musical program. Directed by Gavin Rittenhouse, our numerous choirs and bands fill each of our services with beautiful music that uplifts us and praises Him.

Our Director

Director of Music Ministries: Gavin Rittenhouse

About the Dobson Organ

Organist: Dr. Bonnie Loney

Our organist Bonnie Loney provides exceptional organ music for our services. The organ in our Sanctuary has an interesting history and is one of the few handmade pipe organs in Arizona. Technical Info…


chancel choir

Chancel Choir

For: Adults
Rehearsal: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Director: Gavin Rittenhouse
About: First Church has as it’s choir in residence the Sonoran Desert Chorale. Visit for more information on The Chorale and their mission. To hear clips of our First Church choir in action, check out our YouTube channel.

Bell Choir

For: Adults
Rehearsal: Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. in the Adult Lounge
Director: Margaret Desenberg
About: Once a month the Bell Choir contributes special music to the worship services. We welcome new members. Our only requirement is that you have a desire to belong to this dedicated group, and that you have a knowledge of music.

Children’s Music Program

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Our goals for the choirs of First United Methodist Church are that the children learn, through music, more about the Bible and God, increase their love for singing, and serve Christ by singing in His Church and in the community. Furthermore, we strive to increase the children’s knowledge of music. It is our hope and prayer that they will keep what they have learned hidden in their hearts and live it out in their lives.

Parent support for the choirs is vital. By registering your child for the choir program, you should commit to getting your child to all rehearsals on time, bringing him/her to church on Sundays when he/she sings, and helping out when given the opportunity. Your child’s presence is essential to what God has called us to do, and that is to witness to others through music.

We are grateful for all of our parents because without them, we would not exist!

We are here to minister to children, and if you need to talk to one of us, please feel free to call.

childrens choir

Youth Choir

For: High School and Junior High
Rehearsal: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary with the adult choir.
About: The youth sing once a month at one or both worship services and provide leadership and energy during some special events.

Celebration Choir

For: K-6th graders
Rehearsal: Sundays during Sunday School at 10:05 a.m.
About: The children sing once a month at one or both worship services and provide leadership and energy during some special events.