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
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:
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.
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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