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First Parish Music Ministry
Music at First Parish Church is a vital ministry in our lives together, offering education, enjoyment, enrichment and challenge for all ages and abilities under the direction of Dr. Jane Hagness. The music ministry is open to any interested person. There are no auditions for most of the vocal choirs. New members to the music ministry are always most welcome.
The Adult Choir, an 60-voice group, sings a wide variety of literature (from Bach to Britten, from plainsong to spirituals) each Sunday. Highlights of this season include participation in the Brunswick Ecumenical Festival of Lessons and Carols in December, a special Christmas cantata in worship with chamber orchestra and an annual Spring choral concert with professional soloists and orchestra. The choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00. The Chamber Choir, a 16-voice auditioned choir specializes in music from the Renaissance to recent works. It rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:15 pm.
There are ample opportunities for children and youth to participate also. The Cherub Choir (ages 4 through first grade) rehearses each Thursday evening from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. and has over 20 members.The Junior Choir (grades 2 through 6) rehearses every Thursday evening from 6:00-6:40 pm and has 30 members.The Westminster Choir (for grades 7 through 12) has 12 members and rehearses Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30.These choirs sing in the Sunday services every three to four weeks and are the core of the Christmas Pageant in December 21. They also present a fully staged musical in May.
First Parish Church has a very active handbell program.The Parish Ringers, one of Maine’s foremost bell choirs, perform several special programs throughout the area in addition to regular worship services at First Parish. This group rehearses each Wednesday evening from 5:30 – 7:30. Membership in the Parish Ringers is by audition.The Chapel Ringers (a non-auditioned handbell choir for adults and serious youth) rehearse on Monday evenings and perform on a regular basis.
Our Intergenerational World Percussion Ensemble welcomes players of all ages! We play instruments originating from many countries: djembes, doumbeks, axatses, guiros and more. We rehearse Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:00 and enliven worship about once a month by accompanying world hymns.
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