Music Ministry

“…next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise.”
Martin Luther

Music, especially singing, has been inextricably linked to our story as God’s people. All God’s people have sung throughout recorded history. The Israelites sang after their deliverance from Egypt. David sang in time of trouble and rejoicing. Mary and Simeon sang songs of thanksgiving. John, on the island of Patmos, heard the glorious songs of the angels in his vision. The psalms, the Bible’s hymnbook, testify to the link of story to song: “Your love, O Lord, forever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.” (Psalm 89:1). While Scripture and Christian history attest to the gifts of instruments and dancing, the human voice has been given central place in the Church’s music.

At First Lutheran Church we are proud of our rich music ministry including opportunities for people of all ages.

Graphic showing the various music groups offered at First Lutheran Church: Children's Choir, Youth Band, Chancel Choir, and Handbell Choir.

Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir is for anyone in Gr. 7 and beyond who likes to sing. The choir rehearses at 9:15 am on Sundays and collaborates with handbells and other instrumentalists.

Worship Band

Worship Band rehearses Wednesdays 7-7:45 pm. The group is geared for anyone entering 8th grade and up, and co-led by the FLC Contemporary Worship Ensemble. Rehearsals run weekly, September – May. All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome!

Handbell Choir

The First Lutheran Handbell Choir invites you to come ring with them this year! Rehearsals are Mondays from 6:15-7pm. The group is geared for youth (ages 12 and up) and adults of all ability levels, and prepares music to play during services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

Amy Hartsough
Director of Music  / (608) 752-7434

Amy W. Hartsough received her Bachelor of Music Performance cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then studied avant garde and musical theatre voice at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK. She received her Masters of Music (vocal performance) followed by her Professional Artist Certificate (opera) as a Fellow in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Hartsough has performed with Present Music (Milwaukee), Voces Aestetis (Madison), The Madison Choral Project, and produces salon/cabaret-style solo performances throughout the Madison area, featuring the works of Satie, Weill, Takemitsu, Britten, and Bolcom. Ms. Hartsough released two studio recordings: a CD of newly-composed jazz featuring saxophonist Anders Svanoe, and a live cabaret performance with pianist Patrick Kenney – Brown. She is a guest lecturer/recitalist with pianist Dr. Eric Hung for national and international College Music Society conferences. She also had the honor of judging piano for the 2019 and 2020 Madison Bolz Concerto competitions, and advanced voice for the 2019 Wisconsin Music Teacher Association State competition. She teaches a private voice and piano studio, and accompanies several young musicians for competitions, recordings, and recitals.