Marvin has a great history of wonderful music, from the sanctuary's majestic pipe organ to contemporary guitar and percussion. There's a place for you to get involved! Come and join us!

Marvin Music


Want to make music? There's a place for you!

Chancel Choir (traditional worship)

The Marvin Chancel Choir is a 60-member choir that provides music leadership for the 11 o'clock sanctuary service each Sunday morning, as well as for a variety of special services throughout the year. The choir also performs many great choral masterworks at festival seasons and other times, often accompanied by orchestra and featuring outstanding soloists. Rehearsal is 7 - 9 p.m. on Wednesdays in room 211.

Core (modern worship)

A unique blend of keyboard, guitar, drums, bass, percussion and outstanding vocals make up the Core Band. The band performs a repertoire of classic contemporary Christian favorites as well as a variety of new music. We also have a tech team who handle sound, lights and projection. The Core crew meets at 7 a.m. on Sundays to prepare for the services. 

Music for kids

Children's choirs enable training for our young musicians. These groups aim to teach children the joy and love of making music as a team effort while learning music fundamentals. Our Celebration Choir for kids in grades one through five meets at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Laura Burton is director and Sarah Lee is pianist.


Robinson Handbells is an adult ensemble that provides music for worship throughout the year. They also ring in seasonal concerts and for community events. Rehearsal is from 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays in room 231.

Marvin Concert Series

The Marvin Concert Series seeks to present captivating music in a beautiful historic space to the people of East Texas. It is our goal to provide a vital community outreach that enriches the lives of all ages spiritually, culturally and educationally through music. As we reflect on God’s grace and love toward humanity through musical creativity, we can tangibly witness Him “making all things new.”

Marvin's sanctuary was designed not only as a house for worship, but also as a venue for great music to glorify God. We cherish musicians and their stylistic diversity that is reflected in classical, choral, jazz and modern music.

Events are free and in the sanctuary unless otherwise noted.

Voices of Tyler Hymn Festival | 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29

Commemorate Marvin’s 175th anniversary with inspiring music. The Chancel Choir will join forces with vocalists from the Tyler Civic Chorale and other congregations as the 100-voice mass choir leads the congregation in an evening of praise and celebration.

Handel's Messiah | 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

Join us for the wonderful Christmas tradition and timeless classic, Messiah by George Friderick Handel. Featuring outstanding soloists and orchestra.

Christmas Downtown mini-concerts | 12:05 p.m. each Wednesday during Advent

The 30-minute concert takes place in the sanctuary. A $5 soup and salad lunch is available afterward in Pirtle Hall.

  • Nov. 29 | UT Tyler Patriot Singers directed by Dr. Cameron Rose
  • Dec. 6 | Tyler Junior College choirs directed by Robert Boren
  • Dec. 13 | Robinson Handbells
  • Dec. 20 | A Christmas Story with Kara and Jonathan Story

Robinson Handbells | 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 

Come get into the holiday mood by attending an evening of song from Marvin's handbell choir. The Robinson Ringers are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols | Sunday, Dec. 17

Presented during the 8:30 and 11 o'clock Traditional Worship services.

Opera Amore | 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26

This Valentine's evening features great East Texas talent and sumptuous sweets to enjoy. Tickets will be available for purchase. The concert will be in Pirtle Hall.

Good Friday concert | 7 p.m. Friday, March 29

The Chancel Choir and orchestra will present Requiem by composer Mark Hayes and other sacred works. Guest conductor is Mark Hayes.

Vicki Livengood, soprano | 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28

Victoria Livengood is a Grammy-nominated Metropolitan Opera star. The internationally-renowned mezzo-soprano's artistry has been hailed by audiences and critics worldwide for her multifaceted and powerhouse performances in a remarkably varied repertoire.

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Patriotic Spectacular | 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 4

The concert will take place in Pirtle Hall.

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