The Worship Talent exists to promote an experience of worship that is fully engaging, allowing for all that participate in it to continuously move forward on their faith journey through their effort and intentionality in the context of worship offerings. Through music, the arts, and the spoken word, the Worship Talent seeks to perpetually improve upon itself, promoting effort and education and thoughtfulness in all facets of programs presented, all for the glory of God.
The Worship, Music, and Arts Committee is a selection of church officers and lay-leaders that inspect all parts of the worship and creative arts life of First Presbyterian. A larger committee of around 15, they are responsible for the content of all worship services, concerts, special services, and oversee programs such as the PRIMO School of Performing Arts, the Concert Series, and the Galleries at First Pres.
Music & Arts
Music and Arts Department
Director of Music and Arts – Dr. Jacob Craig
PRIMO Director – Dr. Bertie Centerbar
Director of Children’s Choirs – Janine Jones
Resident Soloist – John Toohey
Art Gallery Curator - Susan Lavender
Artist in Residence – Sheila Lougheed
Music and Arts Administrator – Ginger Lagemann
Directed by Dr. Jacob Craig
Chancel Choir – High School and Adults welcome. Rehearses on Wednesday evenings in the choir room from 6:30-8pm. Performs for all Sunday services, including two cantatas per year and special events.
Handbell Ensemble – Rehearses on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11:30am in the Sanctuary. Performs once per month during Sunday services as well as special concerts throughout the year.
Youth String Orchestra – Rehearses Sunday mornings at 10:15am in the Sanctuary and performs at the 11am service each Sunday. This group also performs in special concerts throughout the year and takes a competition trip each Spring.
Full Symphonic Orchestra – This group consists of the Youth String Orchestra with the addition of local adult professional and amateur wind, brass, and percussion musicians. They rehearse and perform for our Christmas and Easter Cantatas, and occasionally for special music during Sunday services throughout the year.
PRIMO School of Music
Director – Dr. Bertie Centerbar
Offers music lessons on a variety of instruments and voices. Prices vary, contact Dr. Bertie Centerbar for more information:
Vero Beach Youth Chorale – A new group sponsored by PRIMO consisting of students aged 8-12 and directed by Janine Jones. This group has 7 rehearsals before a culminating concert each season. The fall season begins September 26 and ends on November 18. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 5-6pm in the choir room and music classroom. Registration is $75 per season. Contact to register.
The Galleries at First Pres
Susan Lavender, Curator
Sheila Lougheed, Artist in Residence
The Galleries at First Pres feature a wide variety of works by local artists, on rotation quarterly throughout the year. The Galleries are located throughout the church campus, and they are open for viewing from 12pm to 3pm, Monday through Thursday. Guided tours are available Wednesdays between 3pm and 5pm. Admission is free and open to the community.