Music

 

The Music Ministry at First Parish seeks to enrich and enhance our experience of spirituality, community and creative service through music.

 

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Choirs at First Parish

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First Parish Choirs sing Paul Winter's Missa Gaia - May 2009

Adult Choir

Elizabeth Norton, Director

 

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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.
Rehearsals: Wednesday nights from 7:45 to 9:30 PM

 

For New Members:

What Every Choir Member Needs to Know

Adult Choir Information Form

 

Junior Choir – for children in grades 1 to 3*

Gail Carey, Director

 

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Members of the Junior Choir gather in the safety of a song circle where they are encouraged to discover the inherent beauty of their voices through shared song. Song selections reflect the wide diversity of cultural and religious traditions welcomed and celebrated in our UU faith. The Junior Choir sings at approximately 8 worship services during the year, including Christmas Eve, sometimes combining with other First Parish Choirs.


Rehearsals: Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall

Printable registration form: Children's and Youth Choir Registration Form

Printable choir information: Choirs For Children and Youth

 

*Note: Third graders who have sung for at least one year with Junior Choir are able to join Chalice Choir. Please bring any questions about placement directly to Gail.

 

Chalice Choir – for children in grades 4 to 6

Gail Carey, Director

 

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Members of the Chalice Choir are empowered to assert their choral voices and take fun risks as they begin to learn about their integral role within worship leadership. Song selections reflect the wide diversity of cultural and religious traditions welcomed and celebrated in our UU faith. The Chalice Choir sings at approximately 8 worship services during the year, including Christmas Eve, sometimes combining with other First Parish Choirs.


Rehearsals: Wednesdays 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall

Printable registration form: Children's and Youth Choir Registration Form

Printable Choir info: Choirs for Children and Youth

Gospel Choir – for youth in grades 7 - 12

Anderson Manuel, Director

 

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Through learning and performing music of the Gospel tradition, singers will be empowered to share their musical talents with the congregation and to develop their leadership potential for the benefit of our church. Singers and instrumentalists (keyboard, bass, and percussion) are invited to join the group. The Gospel Choir will provide music leadership in several services scheduled throughout the church year, including Christmas Eve, sometimes combining with other First Parish Choirs.


NEW TIME!! Rehearsals: Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:15 pm in the Sanctuary

Pringable Registration Form: Children's and Youth Choir Registration Form

Printable Choir info: Choirs for Children and Youth

 

 

 

 

By Your Side Singers

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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.

Click here to open the By Your Side Singers Brochure

 

 

Handbells at First Parish

We are delighted to welcome the Lincoln Ringers as our Handbell Choir in Residence for 2013-2014. Beginning in September 2013, the choir will be rehearsing at First Parish every Thursday afternoon while their home  venue is undergoing renovations. The Lincoln Ringers will play for several services between September and June and their rehearsals will be open to those interested in "ringing along." 

Rehearsals: Thursday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm in the Chapel. Beginning September 12.

Diane Burke, Director