Music Ministry

The Ministry of Music seeks to teach, equip, and inspire all ages to experience the privilege of worship leadership through the medium of sacred song. While using choirs, organ, brass, and acoustic instruments, the relevance of newly composed songs are blended with the traditional melodies of faith that have inspired generations for centuries.

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    Sanctuary Choir
    For over a century, the Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church San Antonio has filled the chancel as the backdrop for worship, and has dedicated its ministry to exalting the grandeur and glory of God.

    For over a century, the Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church San Antonio has filled the chancel as the backdrop for worship, and has dedicated its ministry to exalting the grandeur and glory of God.

    Unified in the purpose of praise and adoration of our Creator God, this extraordinary choir has been devoted to excellence in all things pertaining to the powerful presentation of the gospel through choral music. Renowned for its distinctive qualities and musicianship, the choir has inspired the hearts and souls of the worshipers at First Baptist and the greater community.

    The Sanctuary Choir has performed for the Texas Choral Director’s Association, the Baylor University “Alleluia! Many Voices, One Song” Conference, and the National Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Each year, the Sanctuary Choir is the centerpiece for “Christmas at First” which has become a San Antonio tradition where thousands of people gather downtown to experience the majesty and beauty of the music of Christ’s birth.

    This choir is open to all high school graduates, colleges students, and adults and does not require an audition. The rehearsal for the Sanctuary Choir is held in Unity Hall from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.

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    Sanctuary Choir Chamber Singers
    This select, mixed ensemble from within the Sanctuary Choir presents distinctive repertoire and is featured throughout the year, particularly within the seasons of Lent and Advent.

    This select, mixed ensemble from within the Sanctuary Choir presents distinctive repertoire and is featured throughout the year, particularly within the seasons of Lent and Advent. The Chamber Singers present performances and services from within the beautiful Unity Hall of First Baptist, where a three-story, open atrium is adorned with the stately façade of the timeless Webb Hall. This gathering room is known for its exquisite acoustics and fascinating architecture. The Chamber Singers have been featured in concert with the Texas Choral Director’s Association and with Baylor University’s “Alleluia! Many Voices, One Song” Conference.

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    Chapel Singers Choir
    The Chapel Singers, comprised of middle-school and senior high students, is a choir of devoted teenagers who discipline themselves to achieve remarkable levels of choral singing.

    For many decades the Chapel Singers, First Baptist Church’s youth choir, has been a flagship youth choral ministry within the landscape of local church music. This choir has been featured weekly at First Baptist in morning and evening worship services for over 40 years. Their role as a service choir in the early editions worship services and in evening worship venues has set them apart as a church youth choir with a vast learned repertoire with a distinctive worship ministry responsibility.

    This past March, 2011, the Chapel Singers were honored by the YouthCue Network, Randy Edwards, founder, with the “Spirit of Cue” Award citing this choir’s commitment to the ideals of excellence for the Kingdom of God within music ministry, and missions. The Chapel Singers have also been the featured concert for Baylor University’s “Alleluia! Many Voices, One Song” Conference, and have also been featured in concert with the Texas Choral Director’s Association.

    This choir is open to all students grades 6-12, and rehearses at 4:30 p.m. on Sundays in the West 204/205.

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    Children’s Choirs
    The Music Ministry provides musical opportunities for children of all ages.

    Wednesday Schedule

    • Music Friends (4s-Kinder) West 204 6:00–6:45pm
    • Music Makers 6:00–6:45pm West 206
    • Young Musicians 6:00–6:45pm West 205


    Our goal is to help each participant learn to express love to God in the form of music and to develop an understanding of the role of music in worship. If your child would like to join any of our children’s choirs, he or she is welcome to attend choir rehearsal on almost any Wednesday evening from 6:00pm-6:45pm. 

    Programs Music Friends – 4 year olds and Kindergarten This beginning choir, led by Judith York, teaches simple musical concepts to these young children. The group performs at Christmas time and at the end of the choral year in May. Music Makers – Grades 1-3 Laura Stephenson directs this group in further education in musical concepts, playing various instruments, and having the opportunity to perform more often. They are the youngest group of singers involved in churchwide combined choir performances. In addition to singing during designated children’s choir evenings in December and May, they also perform in Christmas at First. Young Musicians – Grades 4-5 This choir, is taught more advanced musical concepts, as well as learning skills in becoming musical worship leaders. The majority of rehearsal time is used to prepare songs and anthems, with many concept-building activities used throughout. Our most frequently performing children’s choir, Young Musicians perform in December and May, at Christmas at First, and at various other times during worship services. Choir members also serve in key roles in the annual Vacation Bible School musical.

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    Orchestra at First
    This ensemble of brass, woodwinds, and percussion provide foundational accompaniment to choral and congregational singing.

    Instrumentalists

    The Orchestra at First is featured weekly in worship services and is integrated artistically with the Shantz pipe organ and Steinway grand piano to enhance the worship services of First Baptist Church San Antonio. The singing of the congregation and choirs enhances with musical nuances of majesty and meditation as these instrumental artists bring color and beauty to worship.

    The Orchestra at First is a volunteer organization and rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m.-6:50 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The ensemble is open to seating by audition.