First Congregational Church of Wilmette | Music


We are blessed to have an active Music Program, offering many opportunities to all age groups, from kindergarten through adults.

The Chancel Choir – The adult choir leads the congregation in song every Sunday from September through May, including some special services during the year. It is open to Grade 10 to adult. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. from September to May. The choir sings a variety of music, spanning a range of styles from classical to contemporary Christian. New singers are always welcome; no experience is necessary! If you are interested in joining the Chancel Choir, please contact the Director of Music, Kurt Mockenhaupt.

Garner Memorial Handbell Choir – English Handbells are a beloved tradition inFCCW2015PageantDSC_0264_047a Congregational Churches. This talented group of musicians provides a joyful noise during worship once a month from September through May, and during the Christmas Eve service. The ability to read music is a requirement to join this group. It is open to adults. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. If you are interested in joining the Handbell Choir, please contact the Director of Music, Kurt Mockenhaupt.

Named after Lillian and Orrin Garner, in whose memory all of the bells were given, the choir rings 4 1/2 octaves of Schulmerich handbells. The choir also has four octaves of Malmark Choirchimes. The fourth octave was given in memory of Kitty Pfutzenreuter, a long-time member of the choir.

The Children’s Choir – From kindergarten through 6th grade, our children’s choir welcomes children who share their gift of music during worship once a month. These sweet voices never fail to bring a smile to the congregation. Rehearsals take place during Sunday School. If you are interested in the Children’s Choir, please contact the Children’s Choir Director, Maren Okrzynski

organOur Organ – In 1998, a magnificent Rodgers 950 was installed in the Sanctuary. This custom, three-manual organ combines the Rodgers instrument with Walker technology to create an instrument of six division, including an antiphonal division in the rear of the Sanctuary. The organ also has a MIDI sound module and sequencer attached, giving access to all sorts of additional sounds and the ability to “pre-record” a piece and then play it back later. For more information on the organ, click here.