Choir practice is at 8:15 AM every Sunday morning, and new singers are always welcome.

Damon Cole is Director of Music. His worshipful and invigorating piano music is one of the most cherished things in First Presbyterian. He works with the Pastor creating unique and meaningful worship services. He plays both the piano and the organ and leads the choir.

Damon is known throughout Eastern Iowa for his musical gifts. He has been the Fine Arts Facilitator for Johnson School of the Arts in Cedar Rapids, music director for many musicals at Theatre Cedar Rapids, and for over 30 years the musical director for the annual “Follies” production. Currently, Damon is proprietor of The Green Door: A Thrift Boutique located on the upper level of the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon.

He was born in Michigan and attended the Episcopal Church every Sunday. He still knows the entire service by heart, as he served as an acolyte beginning at the age of eight. He studied piano with Julian Bern at Cornell College, graduating in 1972. Damon was hired that same year by a college mentor, Jesse Evans, to be the First Presbyterian Church Organist and has been at the church ever since! His piano music shapes the service from contemplation to hymns, to spirituals, and jazz.

Damon’s individuality and passion are felt by all in his music each Sunday. In Damon’s words,

“I truly believe what little musical ability I have is a gift that I am glad to be able to share with my church
community.”