Music Fine Arts


Music Fine Arts

The Music Fine Arts Series is one of First Church’s largest commitments to the residents of the Sarasota area.  This concert series has a long and distinguished history in Sarasota and the surrounding communities.  First United Methodist church has been, for many years, a desirable concert venue due to its prime downtown location and large seating capacity. In 2011, the sanctuary underwent significant renovations which resulted in the expanded chancel area and locally unparalleled acoustics. Music of all genres - jazz, classical, modern, choral, orchestral - sound amazing in this sacred space.

The Music and Fine Arts series is offered free to the public.  The current season features many contrasting genres and performers, and it is the hope our Music Department that you take this opportunity to experience some or all of this series in this unmatchable concert venue.




 Sunday, November 3, 2019, 3pm

SAI Pat Stenberg Memorial Concert-Fundraiser

Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), a women’s international music fraternity, supports women musicians of all ages, races, and nationalities. This concert is a fundraiser for local music groups which offer youth scholarships, competitions, internships, and young artist programs. SAI members will perform vocal and piano music in many musical styles.  

Admission: $15 donation to the scholarship fund




Sunday, December 15, 2019, 7pm

First Church's Annual Christmas Gala and Carol Sing 

The 2019 edition of our much-anticipated Christmas concert features The Michael Treni Big Band, the First Church Singers, and organist Michael Stuart playing First Church’s impressive Moller-Buzzard pipe organ. Refresh your spirit with Christmas music, old and new, performed in traditional and big band styles.  This concert is always a highlight of the Sarasota Christmas season!



Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 7pm

Christmas Eve Service

A candlelight Christmas Eve service at First Church has been a tradition for at least 100 years.  Join us as we welcome the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, with full choir, pipe organ, favorite soloists, and a string ensemble.  Guest Artist/Director Joseph Caulkins will enthrall you with the music of Willcocks, Dirksen, Rutter, Handel (including a congregational singing of the Hallelujah Chorus), and beloved Christmas hymns.  Arrive by 6:15pm to hear a splendid concert of Pre-Service music!




Saturday, January 25 - Sunday, January 26, 2020, 4pm

American Guild of Organists (AGO) Sacred Music Festival

The AGO Sacred Music Festival brings together ~200 choral singers from many local churches to learn new music and new arrangements of beloved favorites. This year’s clinician is Tom Trenney, pastoral musician, composer, and teacher.  Additional information may be found here.

Admission: free



Saturday, February 8, 2020, 4pm

Back to Broadway

Delight in hearing First Church’s marvelous singers and instrumentalists perform cherished songs from your favorite Broadway shows. With dynamic performers: Daniel Hoffman, Michelle Caulkins,Russell Andrade, Stephanie McCranie, Barbara Serafino, Janet Davis, Kristine Ryan, Baron Garriott, and special guest Lauren Neilson (Miss Tampa 2019 and Miss Florida Talent winner). 

 Featuring music from: Les Miserables, Westside Story, Carousel, Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, Showboat, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, and Pippin

Admission: free



Sunday, March 1, 2020, 4pm

Bay Arts Trio

Back on our series by popular demand, the Bay Arts Trio (Margot Zarzycka Whitelaw, violin; Lise Frank, piano; and Diego Villa, cello) present an exhilarating concert of contemporary and classical trio music. Each of these musicians by themselves is a fiery, passionate performer but, together, they are magic! 

Admission: free



Sunday, April 12, 2020, 8:30 & 11:00am

Easter Sunday Celebrations

First Church celebrates the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, with full choir, pipe organ, and a brass ensemble in two identical services.  The joyous music of Beethoven, Rutter, Webster, Widor, and other much-loved composers will be featured.  The Sanctuary is filled with glorious flowers and congregants participate in a Festive Easter Procession.  Triumphant Pre-Service music begins 15 minutes before each service.