Music is a big part of worship at First Parish. We have several choirs for people of all ages, from the very youngest in Carol Choir to adult in the Senior Choir. and a Handbell Choir. Guest musician, often talented members of our congregation, play sometimes too.
In addition Sunday Morning Service, there are opportunities for or informal music making. Music at our evening service is provided by volunteers from within our community. First Parish is also the home of the Voices of Light Choir, a mixed voice choir that sings in local retirement homes and through the year.
First Parish Choirs
There are 5 musical ensembles currently under the auspices of the music committee:
Senior Choir : mixed choir, High School (younger only if voice has changed) and up.
Rehearsals Thursday evenings 7:30-9:00 PM (8:50 at the discretion of the conductor if a quorum of choristers has a first-run TV program they simply have to see – NB CSI is now on Wednesdays J). Sunday warmup at 10:00 (unless otherwise indicated). Singing every Sunday except those indicated. Rehearsing every Thursday evening except those indicated.
Intermediate Choir: mixed voice choir for teens/young adults, 7th grade through college (7th and 8th graders must sing in the Junior Choir concurrently AND have at least one year experience in the Junior Choir). Rehearsals on Sundays from 1:00-2:00 PM (this is right after the Junior Choir rehearsal).
Junior Choir: treble choir (unchanged voices); The Junior Choir welcomes ALL children in grades 3 through 8. You do NOT need to know how to read music, or have any prior singing experience. Rehearsals are after church – 12:15-1:00 PM. Second graders who have sung in the Carol Choir, who can read both music and English well, and who can participate fully in a 45 minute rehearsal may be invited to join the Junior Choir (please contact Music Director Cyndi Bliss if you believe your 2nd grader fulfills these prerequisites
Carol Choir: Carol Choir is for our youngest singers – age 3 through 2nd grade, rehearsing seasonally from 12:15-12:45 in the chapel. The group is led by Intermediate Choir high school students. The Carol Choir is currently rehearsing Natalie Sleeth’s Gaudeamus Hodie for the Music Service on May 6.
Meetinghouse Ringers: The Meetinghouse Ringers are First Parish’s 3-octave bell choir. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:15-8:30. The group is open to adults and teens. Previous ringing experience is NOT required, but the ability to read music is.