The Music Ministry at First Parish seeks to enrich and enhance our experience of spirituality, community and creative service through music.
For a printable version of the First Parish Music Ministry Brochure, click FP_Music_Ministry_Brochure_2009-2010.pdf
Choirs at First Parish
First Parish Choirs sing Paul Winter's Missa Gaia - May 2009
Elizabeth Norton, Director
The Adult Choir is the cornerstone of the First Parish music program singing almost every Sunday for at least one of the two services. In addition to regular Sunday services, the choir sings on Christmas Eve and prepares at two larger works each year, one during the winter holiday season and one for the May "Music Sunday." The choir's wide repertoire includes choral classics, jazz, gospel, folk songs and world music. The Adult Choir is open to adult men and women and high school singers who love choral singing and wish to enjoy the unique fellowship of a choir. The ability to read music is helpful, but not required.
Also see the choir schedule.
For New Members:
We are happy to announce that Bell Choir Director Martha Goodman, will be returning to First Parish for two limited engagements leading to worship services on November 4 and March 17.
The fall season will begin with rehearsal on Sunday, September 23 at 1:00 PM and continue for five consecutive Sundays, culminating with the worship services on November 4. The winter/spring season will begin with rehearsal on February 3 and continue through services on March 17. Ringers may join for both sessions or for either the fall or spring as schedules allow.
By Your Side Singers
By Your Side Singers is First Parish's group of pastoral singers. We are a group of musicians who practice together to deepen our experience of music’s comforting power. We are not performers so much as partners. Through our singing, By Your Side Singers provide a musical presence for people who seek comfort and strength during times of illness or transition.
By Your Side Singers sing songs and chants from our hymnals and other sources. Through singing we support and comfort one another as we share our own challenges and hopes. When invited, we go to parishioners’ homes or hospital rooms in groups of 3 or 4 to share soft, soothing song. Our singing has evoked smiles, tears, laughter – even dancing!
Meets first and third Thursday of every month. For more information, or to arrange a visit from the By Your Side Singers, contact Beth Norton, Music Director.