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Music

Our worship is “blended”, which to us means it is both rooted in Presbyterian tradition and inclusive of contemporary and creative expressions of prayer and song. Music is an essential component of our worship through choir anthems, hymns, instrumental music and sung responses.

Throughout the year we celebrate special music and invite area musicians to join. Our guests have included area instrumentalists ranging from soloist to string quartets.

Each December we extend the invitation for area singers along with a chamber orchestra to join in our presentation of the Christmas Cantata.

Adult Choir

We are currently offering one combined choral piece for worship each month, plus small ensemble recordings for the other weeks. If you are interested in taking part in our pre-recorded musical offerings, please contact Tom Mielke.

We welcome all singers regardless of age or ability. Help is available to learn how to participate in our virtual choir! Our purpose as the adult choir is to enhance worship in song. We fully embrace the ideas that: There are NO wrong notes in worship!

We are blessed with three musicians on staff at First Presbyterian.

Nancy Cox, Liturgical Musician

Nancy Cox is a gifted piano teacher who teaches students through the Academy of Sound, at the FPC location primarily.  She also accompanies music students and vocal groups throughout the year, including the Stoughton Festival Choir. Nancy enjoys bringing both traditional and contemporary music to FPC worship services. She also performs with and subs for the FPC choir accompanist in worship services. When not involved in music, Nancy writes book reviews for the Midwest Book Review, owned and operated by her husband and daughter, James and Bethany Cox.

Thomas Mielke, Adult Choir Director

Thomas Mielke has served as the Adult Choir Director at FPC Oregon since 2011. His roots as a church musician go back to the Guitar Masses in the Catholic Church in the 1970s. He is retired from a career as a High School Music Teacher, primarily in Choral Music, in the Oregon and Middleton Districts. Tom is active as a music substitute teacher, WSMA Solo and Ensemble Judge and a bassist for area Pit Orchestras, Chamber Groups and a 60s Folk Cover Band.

Sue Mielke, Accompanist

Sue works at UW-Madison where she is a financial specialist for the Life Sciences Communication department.    Although she has worked in finance and accounting for many years, she received a degree in music from UW-Madison.  She has been accompanying the First Presbyterian Church Choir for nearly 25 years and has accompanied high school choirs and soloists since she was in high school.  In her spare time, Sue enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

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