Music Ministry at First Presbyterian Church 

Welcome! My name is Matt Clear. I joined the staff in December, 2017 as the Interim Director of Music for Chancel Choir and Bells. 

If you have an interest in singing in the Chancel Choir or ringing bells, we need you!  You can email me at Matt ClearSee below for schedules.





Concert Series

Our concert series for 2017-2018 season concluded in April, 2018 with Jack Rain at the organ and the Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet.


Interested in learning about the 2018-2019 concert series and sponsorship oppportunities? Please contact Matt Clear (727-822-2031, ext. 107for more information.










Join the Chancel Choir - All are Welcome!

We can always use new singers in the choir. There are NO auditions. Join us! Choir rehearsal is on Thursday nights from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. The choir sings at the 11 am service on Sunday mornings.


In addition, there are a few significant annual events including Many Moods of Christmas Concert (December) and Festival of Praise (March).


The Many Moods of Christmas Concert raises funds to support the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. The Festival of Praise is a choral festival with a guest choral specialist/director. Area church choirs join us for a 4-day festival ending with a concert in the Sanctuary.


Some of our music is below.


Chancel Choir

Good Friday - March 30, 2018 - Chancel Choir sings "When I Survey the Wonderous Cross"

Easter Sunday - April 1, 2018 - Procession at 11:00 service

Earth Day - April 22, 2018 - Chancel choir sings "For the Beauty of the Earth


Special Solos to enhance worship

Palm Sunday - March 25, 2018 - Todd Donovan sings "The Palms"

Mother's Day - May 13, 2018 - Susan Hellman-Spatafora sings "Ave Maria



Festival of Praise 

Mark your calendar for Festival of Praise 2019 - March 3, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  


Video of 2016 Festival of Praise Concert with conductor Mack Wilberg

Video of 2017 Festival of Praise Concert with conductor Donald McCulloug



Praise Band 

The Praise Band plays/sings for the 9:00 am Contemporary Service in Fellowship Hall. We can always use instrumentalists and singers. Please consider joining us.


The Praise Team rehearses on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.


Handbell Choir 

Consider joining this truly unique musical group making beautiful music for our 11:00 am worship service monthly. The Handbell Choir rehearses on Thursdays at 5:45 pm.



Children’s Music 

The Children’s Music program is alive an well.

Please contact Carol Riley at the church office for more information. 






The Reuter Organ

   Organ History

   Organ Specification


2017 Organ Recital by Richard Elliott




The Steinway Piano

The church’s 9-foot, concert grand Steinway piano was a gift to the church in April of 2005 by a church member.  The concert grand Kawai that it replaced was moved to the Chapel and is used every Sunday for the early service.  Enjoy a recent piano concert, "The Art of the Fugue."







Through music, we nurture a congregational song which celebrates the redemptive love of God, models the servanthood of Christ, and awakens the transforming passion of the Holy Spirit.


For information about any of our music ministries, contact:


Matt Clear, Director of Music

727-822-2031, ext. 107



First Presbyterian Church

701 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-2618 | Phone: (727) 822 - 2031 | e-mail: