rsz ChoirMusic plays an outstanding role in outreach and ministry at FUMCSB. Sunday worship services include concert-quality anthems, organ solos, hymns, and occasional special groups or soloists. Dr. Steve Hodson, playing one of Santa Barbara's finest organs, leads the worship experience. The congregation is inspired every Sunday as a professional-caliber choir, directed by Nathan Kreitzer and offers classics through contemporary pieces year-round. 


The Music Ministry at FUMCSB has its most tangible expression in the Chancel Choir and the organ. Children's participation and experience of music as a means of worship is twofold: first, in the use of music in the Sunday School curriculum and second, in their participation in Christmas and Easter Pageants. Finally, as a gift to the community, the church sponsors an annual Lenten Organ Recital Series, in which accomplished organists from the Santa Barbara area and beyond give concerts, at 3:30 p.m. on Sundays, in the Lenten weeks leading up to Easter.


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The pipe organ at FUMC is considered a premiere instrument in the city of Santa Barbara. A three-manual Artcraft pipe organ was installed during construction of the present sanctuary in 1927; it remained in service up until 1961, when the church purchased a three-manual Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ of 31 ranks.  In 1993, a 61-pipe Trompette-en-chamade was added as a memorial gift, installed above the altar by the Schantz Organ Company of Orville, Ohio.  In 1999 the same firm installed a new three-manual console, featuring multiple memory systems and capture action.  Most recently, in 2003, Schantz brought the organ to gorgeous tonal completion with the addition of 20 new ranks of pipes, as well as three digital ranks of 32' pitch stops. The added registers include an entirely new Great division mounted on slider chests; unenclosed diapason pipework from the new Great is now framed in classical pipe fa├žades on both sides of the Chancel.  The instrument stands today at 52 ranks, totaling over 2,500 pipes, plus three digital pedal stops.  It is the third largest pipe organ in Santa Barbara.

For pipe organ enthusiasts, here is the stoplist.

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