This is a great year already. All the choirs are reunited and having fun rehearsing for upcoming performances. It’s great to see everyone again, and we even have some new voices.
I see new faces in the congregation as well. I look forward to meeting the new folks and continually nurturing the bonds already formed in previous years as well.
We are planning the Concert Series for the year. The first concert will be Sunday November 10th at 4:00, “Man vs. Piano 2: The Rematch” It will be an afternoon of piano music and levity in which I will once again battle it out with my life-long nemesis, the piano. I guarantee smiles and giggles… and many styles of music.
I hope you will feel comfortable reaching out to me for any reason. Contact me if you or a family member are interested in any of our choirs. Also, let me know if you would like to check out Music Committee. (An awesome group of extremely nice people). Feel free to email me your favorite song, or musical aspirations, words of wisdom, or any feedback whatsoever. Or, just say hi. I never get the chance to talk to everyone on Sunday because I’m always running around, but I am interested in everyone’s musical life at First Parish.
Non sequitur alert - I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for their support when my brother died last spring. It is deeply meaningful to be part of a community in which we can mourn each other’s losses together; feel joy together; search for meaning together. First Parish has taught me that we are all in this together and that we all have joys and sorrows. We are not alone, because we have each other.
Your Music Director,
A note from Steve...
Steve Zocchi, Music Director
I am excited and grateful to begin another Church year at First Parish. This time of year I feel the draw of so many possibilities. I begin daydreaming about the upcoming musical fulfillment and the sense of community. I crave the synergy of working with the staff, the choirs, and congregation. I begin to wonder what new things I will learn, and teach, this year. The summer is a slow climb through challenging terrain, but as we reach the early fall I gleefully anticipate the beautiful panorama of insight and kindness I know I will find at the summit. Like you, I rely on the weekly spiritual regeneration that First Parish provides. Our community is a reminder, each week, that humanity itself is capable of kindness, compassion, intelligence, and love. It is a balm for the unease of daily life. And we even have good coffee too.
Your music director,
Looking for singers and ringers!!!! Join us and have fun. The music program at First Parish encourages maximum participation, musical and spiritual growth, and great music-making. We have tons of fun, create great memories, and just celebrate life, through music. If you love to sing, or ring handbells, check out the music program at First Parish. You will feel welcomed, and I promise smiles, laughter, and great music.
Carol Choir: Rehearses 11:15-11:30 on Sundays after Church. Ages 3-7. No reading skills necessary. All are welcome. This is a first introduction to Church singing and it is joyous and fun. Participants will begin to learn how to sing in a group.
Junior Choir: Rehearses 11:30-12:15 on Sundays after Church. (O.W.L. participants can arrive at 11:45 on the days O.W.L meets). Age 8 through grade 7. All will feel welcome and supported, and it’s just a lot of fun.
Intermediate Choral Ensembles: Rehearses 12:15 to 1:15 on Sundays after Church. Grade 8 through High School. (Participants in this choir are invited to continue singing with Junior Choir. 8th graders must participate in Junior Choir) This year will be slightly different from previous years for the Intermediate level youth choir. Duets, trios, and full-choir combinations will be encouraged, rather than only singing as a choir. Many styles of music will be represented. Music reading skills and consistent attendance are of paramount importance. This group is for enthusiastic, experienced singers who want to challenge themselves with more difficult repertoire.
Handbell Choir: The Meetinghouse Ringers Meet 7:15-8:30 on Wednesday evenings in the Sanctuary. It is a lot of fun. This group is traditionally mostly adults, but teens accompanied by a parent/guardian are welcome. Basic music-reading skills are needed. Consistent attendance is important for proper rehearsing. Bell Choir is a blast. You will have fun.
Senior Choir: Meets 7:30-8:30 on Thursday evenings in the Sanctuary. An insanely fun group of dedicated voices. Music-reading skills vary widely in this ensemble, but a basic understanding of music notation is needed. Must be able to sing on pitch and consistently attend rehearsals. There is some flexibility regarding attendance, but once you join us, you’ll never want to miss a rehearsal. This group sings in most Sunday services. We have so much fun.