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.
There are 5 musical ensembles currently under the auspices of the music committee. The following details are pre-pandemic, and will be updated when a new rehearsal schedule is established.
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.
Intermediate Choral Ensemble: 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.
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.
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.
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.