Upcoming Events

We are pleased to offer the following musical events.

Upcoming programs will be posted soon.

    Past Music Events


      Lovely Kristen Lee Sergeant performed her soulful jazz songs for us Friday night, along with her amazing piano player, David Budway, and bass player, Chris Smith. From Cole Porter to her own compositions, it was quite a special evening at First Pres.

    • Mini-bach fest: if music be the food...

      This event benefits the Rutherford Food Pantry, and provides a listening experience of various performances of music by J. S. Bach. The “Bach’s lunches” make it extra special.


      Amanda Mole, Director of Music at St. Michael’s Church in Rochester, NY, and at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Webster, NYplayed a wonderful program of organ works, including Mendelssohn tr. Best: St Paul Overture Bach: Erbarm dich, BWV 721; Bach: Christ unser Herr, BWV 684, Schumann: Innig, Op. 56, No. 4, Widor: 1st movement from Symphonie 5, Liszt: WKSZ, an organ arrangement of the hymn “What Wondrous Love is This” and Vierne: Final from Symphony No. 1.

    • Flicks, Phantoms, and Pipes

      We presented the 1925 horror black-and white silent classic: “The Phantom of the Opera,” starring The Man of a Thousand Faces, Lon Chaney. Improvising on the church’s recently restored Möller pipe organ was David Baskeyfield, who’s not only an acclaimed classical organist, but also a master of improvisation. Dr.

      Baskeyfield did not use a score, but played music synchronized to the actions on the screen.

    • Brent te velde organ recital

      Brent te Velde, a fifth generation, prize-winning young organist, played this April at the First Presbyterian Church. His recital continued a fine tradition of recitals in the Karen Kaiser Memorial Concert Series, featuring the church’s 3-manual Möller pipe organ. The program included works by German, English, and French composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

    • soup, salad, and sing

      This January we held a soup, salad, sing that was a wonderful time of fellowship, food, and singing old and new hymns.

    • the gift of music, Christmas Concert

      Each year, in celebration of the Holiday Season, we invite the community to an afternoon Christmas Concert. 2016 proved to be a grand success with singing of favorite carols, our Christmas Choir (expanded Chancel Choir), children singing, and the music of organ, flute & harp. 

    • the gift of Sharing in Music & Food

      Our annual Holiday event offers those in attendance the chance to sing carols, participate in the sharing of musical talents (voice & instruments), and enjoy snacks for a few hours with friends.

    • Monte Maxwell

      Monte Maxwell thrilled the crowd as he played the dedicatory recital featuring the chapel's new Walker digital organ. Also highlighted was the church's Möller pipe organ. This concert was an unusual and exciting program, free and with a reception that followed. Kind thanks to Mr. Maxwell and our guests.

    • Labor Day Music

      During the Town of Rutherford’s annual Labor Day Street Fair, our church provides a cool place in the air-conditioned chapel with music of all sorts – folk, classical, Broadway, opera, piano – performed by talented amateurs and professionals.

    Summer Music Series

    Our air-conditioned chapel space is an invitation to enjoy informal concerts during the summer. During 2015 we heard “Sounds of the 60’s” with local guitar and vocal talent; marimba artist Clara Warnaar; and “An Evening with Clem Moorman”– piano and vocals. The music was wonderful, the time with friends enjoyable, and the food, of course.