Glorifying God with a tradition of musical excellence


The Music Ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Nashville glorifies God with a tradition of musical excellence in worship, education, and outreach.

Worship is the primary task of the Christian church, the central gathering of the community of faith for repentance, forgiveness, proclamation, service, and celebration. As Presbyterians, we believe that only our best should be offered to God. This tradition commands us to prepare for worship with materials of the highest possible quality.

First Presbyterian Church has a long and distinguished tradition of musical excellence in worship. Our music ministry, which is open to all, has grown and prospered with a strong classically oriented program. We offer music that engages the mind, touches the heart, and opens the worshiper to encounter God. Our program includes music of the 21st century as well as music that speaks of our Christian tradition and heritage. We seek to offer the best of contemporary experiences, in the classical tradition.

The music ministry includes education in scripture and tradition, providing opportunities for people of all ages to serve God and the church through participation in worship, teaching, evangelism, and outreach. The materials used reflect who we are as Presbyterian Christians.

This classic tradition of musical excellence at First Presbyterian is an important part of our identity as a Christian community. It has helped and enabled the church to grow both in strength and effectiveness and stands as a beacon of quality and integrity in the Nashville area. 

Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. —Ephesians 5:19-20 NRSV

Sanctuary Choir

The Sanctuary Choir is the adult choir at First Presbyterian Church of Nashville. It is open to amateur and professional singers alike. We are a welcoming, joyful, and prayerful group that shares our members' joys and concerns. Join us as we prepare and present beautiful music to the honor and glory of God. 

  • The Sanctuary Choir sings at the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services each Sunday and presents special programs with an orchestra throughout the year.
  • Conductor: Dr. Raphael Bundage
  • Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (August–May) & Sundays, 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., Choir Room
  • Summer rehearsals: Sundays, 10:00 a.m., Choir Room

Handbell Choir

  • The Handbell Choir plays at the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services 8–10 times throughout the year.
  • Conductor: Dr. Peter Rogahn
  • Rehearsals: Thursdays, 4:00 p.m.

Are you a bell ringer with previous experience? We encourage you to join us! If interested, please contact us.

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Children & Music

The experience of worshiping Jesus Christ through music is a lasting gift that sticks with children into adulthood. As our children learn musical skills in choir, they also form friendships, learn church music traditions, and build courage to present their talents to each other and the larger church body.

Children's Choir (Ages 4 through 6th grade)

All four-year-olds through sixth graders are invited to join the Children's Choir! We convene seasonally, allowing families to opt in or out as schedules permit. The Choir typically practices for four weeks prior to participating in a worship service. Rehearsals typically occur over four weeks following the 11:00 a.m. service, with lunch provided as part of the rehearsal. Children's Choir learns a song to share with the congregation as a part of the worship service, regularly participating in special services, such as Christmas pageants, Palm Sunday, and Mother's Day. Led by Kevin Salter and Kelly Posey, the Children's Choir is an excellent opportunity for children to lead congregational worship in song.

Musikgarten (Ages 0–3)

Parents are invited to bring their babies and toddlers (newborn through age 3 1/2 years old) for music classes at First Presbyterian Church.  Musikgarten classes are 30-45 minutes long. Parents will learn how to play musically with their baby/toddler through bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, and other fun activities. You’ll sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments together. Led by Kelly Posey, classes are also an excellent time for parents to meet each other.

Music Academy

FPC’s Music Academy offers vocal and instrumental lessons to allow our younger disciples and adults to explore their God-given artistic gifts in voice, violin, harp, piano, organ, and guitar. Our music instruction meets a standard of excellence that inspires students to learn, grow, and serve with their gifts to the glory of God alone. 


Throughout the year, the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville Concert Series offers outstanding programs and numerous special events featuring the finest quality music in varied styles and genre. All concerts are located in the Sanctuary, open to the public, and without charge unless noted. For more information about upcoming concerts, contact the Music Ministry at 615-298-9517 or contact us via our online form below.

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Music Ministry Staff

Dr. Raphael Bundage

Director of Music

Raphael is responsible for leadership in the total program of music ministry at First Presbyterian Church. He provides direction and supervision of a comprehensive music program aimed to foster faith in the life of the church in keeping with First Presbyterian Church’s mission: To know Christ, to make Him known, and to exhibit His love through worship, education and service.Contact Raphael via email by completing the form below or call 615-298-9535.

Dr. Peter Rogahn

Organist and Assistant Director of Music

Peter provides organ music and accompaniment at the church, and he manages the growth and development of the FPC Music Academy. Through the Music Academy, he instructs organ and piano lessons.

Rhonda Swanson

Assistant Organist

Rhonda is our Assistant Organist and Wedding Music Coordinator. She can answer questions about the organ, organ lessons, and any and all things regarding your wedding and its music.

Daphne Garey

Administrative Assistant for Music Ministry

Daphne ensures elements of worship are accounted for and executed professionally each week. She can answer questions about Sunday mornings.Contact Daphne via email by completing the form below or call 615-298-9517.

Kevin Salter

Director of Children's Choir

Kevin leads children in 2nd – 6th grade in a worship choir that provides a caring community for the participating children while providing high-quality, inviting and engaging choral music education for young children.

Kelly Posey

Children's Choir Director

Kelly has the primary responsibility to develop a high-quality, spirited and inviting music ministry for young children. She is responsible for the leadership of the children’s music through a graded choir program. Reach out to her with any questions regarding young children or the music ministry.

Raquel Warchol

Contemporary Worship Music Director

Raquel serves as a part of the FPC ministry team with a specific focus on creating, establishing, and sustaining excellent worship music for the Church’s contemporary worship services.

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First Presbyterian Church Nashville

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