Thank you all for a wonderful March! Thank you to all the choirs and everyone who participated in the Easter Service. It was so much fun. You are all the life force of the music program here at First Parish. The Tenebrae service on the 24th was so beautiful. I also want to thank everyone who attended and participated in the concert on March 12th. The Tervos especially deserve a huge thanks for so generously sharing theiramazing talents with us. The concert series is very successful, and I can't wait for the next concert which will be on May 21st.

 "One-Hour Choir" will be Sunday April 10th. Anyone can just show up at 8:45 that morning and sing with Senior Choir. We will rehearse for about 45 minutes. There is no obligation, it's just a one time thing. (Although, if you love to sing and are lots of fun, you might just get recruited). All voices are welcome, and I have some great music planned,

 Another date to be aware of is April 24, "Music Appreciation Sunday". All choirs will be showing off their talents and the music is going to be engaging and upbeat. It's a great way to express our gratitude to each other for sharing our music.

 I would be remiss if I didn't mention how happy I am that Ellen is back from sabbatical. Thanks to the amazing staff and lay leaders (and amazing congregation in general) the sabbatical months went very well. I am impressed with how smoothly everything went, and it is a testimony to Ellen's wonderful leadership that we have all been able to work so well together even when she was away. But, like all of you, I am absolutelythrilled to have Ellen back home at First Parish. We love you Ellen!

 Your music director,


December already?!! November was great. Special thanks to Mark Tervo for playing sax on November 8th. Also, huge thanks to all the choirs for sharing their gifts at the Thanksgiving Ingathering on the 22nd. I am proud of all the choirs. Thank you to Jeffrey Taylor, Edith Collins and Lovey Collins for working with the Carol Choir. And, as always, Senior Choir works so hard and is so awesome. They are so appreciated by everyone, especially by me. We said goodbye to Will Reiter and he will be missed. The Meetinghouse Ringers were fantastic at the November 15th service. We also took the show on the road and performed at Temple Emmanuel in Lowell on the 20th. I had the privilege of accompanying an impromptu choir with Ellen, Justine and several other First Parish folks singing Blue Boat Home at the GLILA (Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance) Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chelmsford on November 15th. Great month.

December will be fun. U.U. School of Rock is playing the December 20th Winter Solstice Intergen service. Thank you Eliot Mayer and Joan Coyne and all the parents and performers for making that happen!

Now it's time to focus on Christmas Eve celebrations and to look even beyond. All choirs will be singing/playing on Christmas Eve. I am looking forward to it and we have so much great music planned. The fabulous Erika Taylor has offered to sing with Senior and Intermediate Choirs and also to do a solo.

I am looking for performers of all types, and volunteers to help set up and break down, for the Talent Show/Potluck on January 23rd (1/30 if we are snowed out on 1/23). Contact me. I am also very excited about my upcoming concert at First Parish on February 6th (snow date 2/27). Save those dates.

And remember, Senior Choir is always looking for more voices. If you love to sing and can read a little music, join us. We rehearse in the sanctuary on Thursday nights at 7:30pm. Ever consider trying Bell Choir and you know how to read music even just a little bit? The Meetinghouse Ringers meet in the sanctuary on Wednesdays at 7:15.

Below is a short list of dates to put on your calendar...

Talent Show/potluck: Saturday 1/23/16 7:00pm. (Snow date 1/30)

First Parish Concert Series
Concert 1: "Steve Zocchi in Concert" performing inspirational improvisations and more. Saturday 2/6/15 7:00 (snow date 2/27)
Concert 2: Saturday 3/12/15 7:00. Local talent.
Concert 3: TBA

Thank you all so much. Feel free to contact me anytime!

Your music director, Steve

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