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 God.

Our Director

Director of Music Ministries: Gavin Rittenhouse

About the Dobson Organ

Organist: Karen Taylor

Our organist Karen Taylor 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 Bell Room.
Director: Gavin Rittenhouse
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.