Upcoming Events

We are pleased to offer the following musical events.

  • Daniel Umholtz Organ Concert

    Sunday, November 12, 3:00pm

    Daniel Umholtz, a young, dynamic organist, will present an organ concert in the chapel at Rutherford’s First Presbyterian Church, “the church on The Triangle,” on Sunday, November 12, at 3. He will be playing a wide variety of music that will display the organ’s array of sounds in the fabulous acoustics of the chapel. The organ, installed three years ago, is state-of- the-art digital made by Walker Technical, the premier maker of digital instruments. Walker Technical is also partially underwriting the concert. Although there is no admission cost, a free will offering will be taken. There will be a reception following the concert where you can meet and greet Mr. Umholtz.

    Dan Umholtz began his musical training in 1996 studying the piano at the age of 5 at the Braun School of Music in Pottsville, PA, and continued through 2005. Dan began organ lessons in 2001 at the age of 10 with his father, Jack, laying the groundwork in manual and pedal technique, and developing his registration abilities on both small and large instruments. He continued his organ studies in 2008 and 2009 with Aram Basmadjian in Macungie, PA.

    Mr. Umholtz serves as full-time organist at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church and part-time organist at Trinity Lutheran Church, both located in Valley View, PA. In 2009, he was appointed house organist of the Hershey Theatre, located in historic downtown Hershey, PA. There he has provided demonstrations and occasional concerts on the 4 manual/69 rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. In 2016, Dan began serving as an Assistant Organist to Peter Richard Conte - Grand Court Organist, Macy's Center City (formerly the John Wanamaker department store), Philadelphia.

    Dan holds an Associate's Degree in Music Industry from Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music with concentration on the organ from Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA, graduating in 2011 and 2015, respectively. At Messiah he has studied organ with Dr. Shawn Gingrich of Hershey, PA, and currently studies with Michael Stairs of Philadelphia, PA - retired organist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Assistant Organist at Macy's Center City. In addition to his responsibilities as a church musician, Dan is an active recitalist as well as a sought after accompanist in the central Pennsylvania region.

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.