Ensembles

First-Plymouth Choir

The First-Plymouth Choir is an 80-voice adult choir which sings weekly for the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

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Cantorei

The primary role of Cantorei will be their service as leaders of our congregational song.

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Te Deum

All adults and all high school-aged students are invited to this new opportunity to sing praises to God.

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Choristers

All children in third, fourth, and fifth grade are invited to sing with the First-Plymouth's Choristers.

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Alleluia!

ALLELUIA! welcomes young children to explore and nurture their creative and spiritual gifts by sharing music.

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Youth Orchestra/Youth Singers

First Plymouth's amazing Youth Orchestra is an ensemble made up of instrumentalists in grades 6-12.

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Plymouth Ringers

Plymouth Ringers is a group of dedicated handbell ringers who participate in worship services once a month.

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Plymouth Brass

The Plymouth Brass participates in worship throughout the year, including Christmas and Easter.

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Summit Strings

The Summit String Quartet is in residence at First-Plymouth, contributing in worship throughout the year.

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Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum sings meditative chants and centuries-old musical settings of timeless evening prayers.

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HISTORY

First Congregational Church,
organized in 1866, was the first church to settle in Lincoln, Nebraska. Its second church building was dedicated in 1887.

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PIPE ORGANS

This organ, built for First-Plymouth Congregational Church, and for all
of the people of Lincoln, is the
Magnum Opus in our 121 years of
organ building.

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CARILLON

The carillon is an extraordinary musical instrument with a history as rich as it is long. For more than five centuries, the carillon has been a voice for the hopes, aspirations and joys of humankind. 

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MUSIC STAFF

TOM TRENNeY, Minister of music

Tom Trenney serves as Minister of Music to First-Plymouth, guiding four adult choirs, accompanying the congregation on the magnificent Lied Organ, leading First-Plymouth's music outreach through Abendmusik, and even preaching for worship services. Tom also serves on the choral faculty at Doane College and as Music Director of sounding light- a chamber choir which he founded in 2003 in Southeastern Michigan. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, Tom is grateful for his teachers and mentors, especially Anton Armstrong, David Davidson, David Higgs, William Weinert, Anne Wilson, and Todd Wilson.

REBECCA SHANE

Rebecca Shane joined the First-Plymouth Music Staff in December 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Vocal Performance. While at the university she studied voice in the studio of Donna Harler-Smith and performed extensively with the UN-L opera department. She has performed with the Omaha Symphony and the Lincoln Symphony in works including Mozart's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Thompson's Nativity According to Saint Luke. Other oratorio credits include Mozart's Coronation Mass, Bach's Magnificat, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass.