There are many ways to be involved in music at First Lutheran. Some are listed below, but we are always open to new possibilities! Contact Brian if you'd like to get involved.


First Choir

First Choir is the main musical ensemble of the church. It is open to all people high school age or older. First Choir sings most Sundays during the school year. This group also performs at many FIRST•music events, and is a regular guest choir for Evensong at Trinity Cathedral. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:00pm-8:30pm. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to come to rehearsals.

Listen to the First Choir sing "God Loves the World" by Brian Wentzel.


Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir is open to all people high-school-age or older. It plays in worship once or twice a month during the school year. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-7:00pm. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to come to rehearsals.

Listen to the Handbell Choir play "Fantasy on Kingsfold" by Dean Wagner.


Guitar Group

The Guitar Group is an informal group of people who like to play guitar. They play in worship about once a month. Rehearsals occur on an as-needed basis.


Children's Choir

Children of the congregation come together periodically to learn about music and worship, and present a musical offering in worship. 3-4 week sessions are scheduled throughout the year. Contact Brian for more information.



Members who play instruments occasionally play in church. Any instruments, from saxophone to percussion, from bass guitar to trumpet, are welcome! Email Brian if you have an instrument you'd like to play.

More audio and video from the choirs

Hymn Festivals

You can listen to complete hymn festivals led by the choirs as well as other events at the FIRST•music archive.


Evensong at Trinity Cathedral

The First Choir regularly serves as guest choir for Evensong at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland.
Listen to their singing of Brian Wentzel's Magnificat in d from May 6, 2015.


Lorain International Festival
June 21, 2011

The First Choir sings at the Heritage of Sacred Music Concert.
There are other choirs that sing on this video, so you'll have to scroll to the following times to see First Lutheran's choir:
4:34 - Day of Arising, arranged by Brian Wentzel
14:10 - The Lord is Risen, by Gregor Aichinger
18:13 - Brighter than the Sun, by John Helgen


Concert with the Lorain County Community College Civic Jazz Band
November 20, 2010

The First Choir sings with the jazz band at LCCC.
Something About Believing, by Duke Ellington.
Ain't But the One & 99%, by Duke Ellington, Brian Wentzel soloist.