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“Art is not an end in itself. It introduces the soul into a higher spiritual order, which it expresses and in some cases explains. Music and art and poetry attune the soul to God because they induce a kind of contact with the Creator.”

—Thomas Merton, Monk and poet (1915-1968)

choir2016-mainWe believe that music serves to glorify God, to magnify God’s word, and to unify and inspire. First Congregational Church has a long and storied musical tradition, with choral and congregational singing, instrumental music, and a range of musical styles. We are blessed with a talented organist, Jeffrey Mead, who graces our historic pipe organ (C.B. Fisk, opus 50, 1969)


Musical Staff

  • Jane Ring Frank – Minister of Worship & the Arts
  • Jeffrey Mead – Organist
  • Susan Navien – Soprano Soloist/Section Leader
  • Peter Owens – Tenor Soloist/Section Leader


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The Senior Choir sings at our 10:00 a.m. worship services, weekly from September through June. We are a warm, welcoming, and committed choir of about 40 singers; we welcome newcomers. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 PM and Sunday mornings 9:15 – 9:45 AM.

Interested in singing with us? Read more…


Bell Choir: The Carilloneers

DSC05680-choir-cropThe Carilloneers are a mix of experienced and beginning ringers who play throughout the church year. We have five octaves of bells and enjoy making “a joyful noise to the Lord.” Adults and high school students are welcome. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.


Youth and Children

The Stepping Stones children’s choir sings during the Christmas and Easter seasons and on Stepping Stones Sunday in early June. Older singers and instrumentalists in grades 7-12 are often recruited to sing or play on special occasions or with our Senior Choir anytime.


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