Music Ministry

Music Ministry at First United Methodist Church of Mesa

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

Director of Music Ministries: Gavin Rittenhouse  

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…

 Quoted from Celebrating 125 years: 1893-2018 First United Methodist Church in Mesa

“…the impressive organ at the front of the sanctuary with its 34 stops and 49 ranks of pipes remains at the heart of the church’s music ministry. “

Adult Chancel Choir

Director: Gavin Rittenhouse
To hear clips of our First Church choir in action, check out our YouTube channel.

Rehearsal: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Bell Choir

For: Adults
Rehearsal: Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. in the Bell Room.
Director: Gavin Rittenhouse

The Carillon Bell Choir is a 4-octave handbell choir using Schulmerich Handbells. The bell choir at First United Methodist Church started in 1964 when Robert and Dorothy Renshaw donated the first two octaves in memory of their daughter Janet. Additional octaves have been donated in memory of Ada Christian and Lena Christensen.

The bell choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 5:45 – 6:45 pm in the Adult Lounge. Once a month, they contribute special music to the 9:00 am Traditional worship service.

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. You may contact the director by leaving a message at the church office at 480-969-5577

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