Music

Announcements

Please note adult choir, childrens & youth choir, and handbell rehearsal has been postponed until further notice due to COVID. 

Adult Choir

From classics to jazz, shaped note to contemporary gospel, the Music Ministry embraces many styles and ages.  Ministering through music in worship and striving to be a metropolitan presence in our community through concerts, traditional and alternative worship opportunities, our participants are eager to share what they experience as the spiritual power of music.

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir meets on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.
(no rehearsals in July).

Under the direction of Dr. Janice McNair, Director of Music, the choir provides worship leadership at the 10:45 Sanctuary Service, as well as seasonal services and concerts throughout the year.  

Children & Youth Choir

Music is one of the most important ways we engage in worship. In our children’s music program we teach our youngsters a variety of ways to participate. First-Centenary children and their friends are invited to be part of one of our musical groups. The kids will be singing and also learning fundamental music skills, along with drumming and Orff instruments. Our musicians will participate in the Sanctuary and The Vine worship services throughout the school year.

Three groups are being offered on Wednesday evening:

4 year - Kindergarten 
Room 237 in the Children’s Wing
Music from 6-6:30, then supervised activity.
*Pick up by 7pm in the children's wing
Grades 1-2 – Room 121 (across from the choir room)
Grades 3-5 – Room 125 (Seminar Room)
Music from 6-6:40 p.m., then kids go to the gym to play.
*Pick up by 7pm in the gym 

Handbells

The Chancel Ringers

 Advanced to intermediate ringers.  Directed by Jonathan McNair, they rehearse on
Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. in the Handbell Room (September – May)

The Aldersgate Vibrations

Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m.  This group occasionally participates in worship and also prepares programs to present at retirement homes.

The Vine Band

This group provides worship for The Vine contemporary worship service. 
If you're interested in learning more, contact our Director of Contemporary Worship Jeff Blake.

Meet the team.

Dr. Jan McNair

Director of Music Ministries

Jeff Blake

Director of Contemporary Worship

Dr. Jan McNair

Worship & Music Ministry Director

Janice McNair joined the First-Centenary staff as Director of Music Ministries in August 1995. She is responsible for the administration of the music ministry and plans the worship services that take place in the Sanctuary. A graduate of DePauw University with a degree in violin performance, she went on to study at Southern Methodist University and Perkins School of Theology, graduating with Master’s Degrees in Violin Performance and Sacred Music. Following graduation, she and her husband Jonathan moved to Cleveland, Ohio where Jonathan earned his DMA in music composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  While in Cleveland, Jan was the Director of Music at Church of the Saviour United Methodist.
After growing a part-time music program into a full-time ministry, the McNairs along with sons Ben and Andrew, moved to Chattanooga. Highlights of her tenure at First-Centenary include the opportunity to study with Alice Parker in 2000 and 2001. In 2003 she was the winner of a Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral Leaders funded by the Lilly Foundation and administered through the Louisville Institute. The collaborations with two community choral groups in 2006 and 2008 to present Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, were very important and well received events in the city of Chattanooga. In 2012, she earned her doctorate from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.  Currently, Jan is part of the CCLI Top 100 Vetting Team for our United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.

Jeff Blake

Director of Contemporary Worship

Jeff is our Director of Contemporary Worship. Having been involved in church leadership for almost 25 years, he has spent the last decade here at First-Centenary.  This is actually Jeff's second time through the church as his father, Wayne Blake, was our youth director in the mid 80's.  Jeff shares that, "having participated in the children's choirs and ministries all those years ago, it is very special to come back and be a part of the leadership team here."

Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies and was born and raised here in Chattanooga where he attended Red Bank High School, Chattanooga State, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  He and his wife Christy have two sons (Brycen and Drew) in addition to a new baby girl (Katie).  "I've lived here my entire life."  Jeff says.  "This city has seen the best and worst of me.  I can't imagine trying to share the gospel anywhere else but Chattanooga."