First Church Music Program/General
The vibrant music program at First Church features adult and children’s choirs, organ and piano music, and frequent guest musician, all who inspire the congregation in worship and song. For information about First Church Chancel or Children’s Choirs, please contact Patricia Clark, Direction of Music Ministries, at (781) 592-6081 or [email protected]
First Church Chancel Choir
From September through early June, the First Church Chancel Choir rehearses weekly on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:15 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 9:15-10 a.m. to prepare for weekly 10 a.m. worship services. The SATB choir sings a range of musical styles in worship, from classical to gospel to contemporary to traditional hymns. In addition, special ensembles of men or women will occasionally perform for special services.
During late June, July, and August, singers gather informally at 9:15 a.m. to prepare hymns and songs for worship leading during summer services.
First Church Children’s Choir
During the school year, the First Church Children’s Choir rehearses weekly on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:15 p.m. They also rehearse from 9:15-10 a.m. on those Sundays that they sing in church. Children in grades one and higher participate in the choir, where they develop singing, music, and worship leading skills. The children are active in leading music during most communion services, and also sing for holiday services throughout the year, including Thanksgiving Sunday, Christmas Eve, Martin Luther King Sunday, and Palm Sunday.
Soli Deo Gloria Concert Series
Since 2015, the Soli Deo Gloria Concert Series has shared the church’s musical gifts with the greater community through fine classical performances that showcase the exquisite acoustics and exceptional keyboard instruments at First Church. Often utilizing the fine Schimmel grand piano and the extraordinary Noack tracker pipe organ, performers have included organists, pianists, choral groups, strings ensembles, and brass ensembles. One particularly memorable concert included baritone and tenor soloists, a pianist, an organist, an actor, and a gospel choir all in one concert, during the remarkable “Gift of Song: Voices of Black America” performance.
All concerts are held on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. and are open to the public. Child care is also provided free of charge.