All in-person music rehearsals, performances, and gatherings are suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to making music together again when it is safe to do so.
Music at First United Methodist Church of Boulder
Music at First Church Boulder is an important and valued part of worship, fellowship and of the Boulder community. The church ensembles include singers, instrumentalists and bell-ringers. The Chancel Choir leads singing and provides music for the worship service each week from September until June. This includes a major work with orchestra, aided by singer friends from the community, in December and May. No audition is required, and new members of any experience level, including high school students, are welcomed. The Bell Choir plays a 5-octave set of Schulmerich hand bells, and performs in worship several times a year. The Children’s Choir performs a few times each year, including in the annual Christmas Pageant.
Our church building houses an historic Roosevelt pipe organ, built in 1888 by first cousins of Franklin Roosevelt. With 39 ranks, 34 stops and 2,114 pipes, it is highly prized by both our congregation and the Boulder area.
First Church Boulder serves the community by providing space for musical events, meetings, lessons, book signings and many other community activities. The sanctuary is one of the largest and most sought-after performance spaces in Boulder and a place for the community to gather. Email Keith Heinzmann, Building Manager for booking information.
Our music ministry welcomes any and all to participate in the program. Our ensembles exist through healthy volunteerism, and there is a desire for our programs to grow. No matter what your knowledge or past experience is, your participation will make a difference. All are invited to Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord!
Meet Jordan Ortman, Interim Director of Music
Jordan is a collaborative pianist, organist, and vocal coach based in Denver, Colorado. He is an Affiliate Faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Denver, where he teaches Class Piano, Theory Lab, and accompanies and coaches voice and instrumental students. As an enthusiast of both opera and musical theater he has worked offstage as pianist, coach, music director, and conductor for productions with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Arvada Center, and Inspire Theater Company and has performed on stage in productions of Oliver, Pirates of Penzance, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, and Masterclass. During the 2017-2018 season, he was the coach and pianist for the Young Artist (now Artist in Residence) Program at Opera Colorado. He received a BA in Music from Bethel College (KS) and a MM in Collaborative Piano from the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied with Dr. Willem van Schalkwyk. Email Jordan.
The adult Chancel Choir leads singing and provides music for the worship service each week from September until June. This includes a major work with orchestra, aided by singer friends from the community, in December and May. No audition is required, and new members of any experience level, including high school students, are welcomed.
REGULAR CHANCEL CHOIR REHEARSALS: Wednesdays 7:00 – 9:00 PM, and Sunday mornings before worship at 9:30 AM in the Choir Room, 2nd floor.
Hand Bell Choir
This 5 octave bell choir provides radiant music for select worship services and special seasonal presentations. Bell ringers need a good comfort level reading music, but previous bell-ringing experience is not required.
The Children’s Choir, open to all children ages 5 to 13, meets briefly every Sunday following the 10:30 AM service.
For more information about Our Music Ministry:
Email Jordan Ortman, Interim Director of Music.