The music program at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church is designed to praise God through the participants’ love of music and as an expression of their faith. Those who lead the programs, who sing in the choirs and who play instruments in the band believe that music enhances the worship experience.
Director of Music, Nancy M. Callahan
Nancy Callahan became the Director of Music and Director of the Chancel Choir in the fall of 2006. She is well known in music circles in the Tampa Bay area and previously served for 25 years as the Director of Music and organist at Hyde Park Methodist Church in Tampa. Nancy is also the Director of the Tampa Bay Oratorio Singers, a community chorus in the Tampa Bay area. She has experience directing children’s choirs, youth choirs, adult choirs and hand bell choirs. She is an accomplished pianist and organist. Nancy has her masters degree in music from the University of South Carolina and her BA in piano from Charleston Southern University. She is a past Dean of the American Guild of Organists, a participant in the Spoleto Festival in organ concert and choral conducting, and has conducted European choral performances in major cathedrals.
Organist and Concert Master, David Matthews
David Matthews has served Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church as organist since 1991. His background includes study in organ and piano at Indiana University. He was accompanist for the Fred Waring Workshops in Pennsylvania, performed with the Dave Brubeck Trio and he accompanied the Norman Luboff Choir on national tour for two seasons. He served as accompanist for the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay for fifteen years, and now serves as accompanist for the Tampa Oratorio Singers. He was accompanist for the Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus for sixteen years, has been a part of the Phoenix Chamber Ensemble, and has worked many times with the Florida Orchestra on piano, organ, harpsichord, and celesta. He has been actively employed in the music of the church for fifty-two years.
Contemporary Service Music Leader, Roger Sullins
Since 2005, Roger Scott Sullins has led The Connection Worship Band at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church. He graduated with honors from the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA in 1991 and worked for a number of rock bands before moving to Tampa where he started the Roger Sullins Band with Derek Womack and Bryan Sullins. Roger is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in social work. In 2006, Roger attended the Christian Songwriters’ Retreat in Nashville and in 2003 he attended workshops in Vocal Performance, Songwriting and Program Development at the Willow Creek Creative Arts Conference. Roger’s passion for worship and the presence of God combined with his awesome guitar expertise provide an exciting basis for singing the praises of our God.
PCPC Chancel Choir
The PCPC Chancel Choir rehearses at 7:00 on Wednesday evening in the choir room in the Westminster building. This choir is led by PCPC Director of Music, Nancy M. Callahan and accompanied by David Matthews at the piano and organ. The Chancel Choir sings at traditional 11:00 Sunday worship services and at various times in the liturgical calendar when it is appropriate. A smaller group, called the Ensemble, is made up of singers from the Chancel Choir and sings for the 8:30 traditional service.
PCPC Junior Choir
The Junior Choir includes children from 2nd grade through 5th grade. They rehearse on Wednesday afternoon in choir room A from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. They sing several times a year in both traditional and contemporary worship services.
PCPC Joyful Noise Choir
The Joyful Noise Choir rehearses on Wednesday afternoons at 5:15 p.m. in choir room B and the drama room. All preschool children through first graders are invited to participate. Several adult volunteers assist with this choir.
PCPC Connection Worship Band
Are you a closet rocker? This band leads worship with contemporary songs and new takes on old hymns in The Connection Worship service is at 9:00 am every Sunday morning. Musicians and potential tech support folks with a heart for worship are encouraged to contact any member of the team for information on how to join. Connection Practice is on Thursday evenings starting at 6pm in the Gym.
The Handbell Choir
The handbell choir is open to anyone who loves music and is either a music reader or is ready to learn the basics of music reading. The choir’s mission is to enrich the worship experience and glorify God. We rehearse Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in C313. Please contact Bonnie Givens, for further information.
Complementing the voices of the choirs and worshipers are two majestic instruments.
The nine-foot Steinway Concert Grand Piano was dedicated in 2005.
The Casavant Pipe Organ had its debut at the Palm Sunday 2006 service.