Music Groups

Contact Music Director, Jonathan Brennand  (musicdirector @ firstparish.info) with questions.

adultchoirAdult Choir (grades 8-adult)
This is our most active musical ensemble, performing on most Sundays from September-June during the regular church year. We rehearse SATB, women's and men's choral music on Thursdays from 8-9:30pm.

Our recent repertoire has included large classical masterpieces ranging from Bach to Bernstein, contemporary selections by diverse and female composers Mark Miller, Gwyneth Walker, Diane Taraz and works on relevant topics of interest by Robert Cohen and Kenneth Seitz. World music sung in various languages highlighting a specific worship theme is featured where it is culturally appropriate, as well as selections from Las Voces, a contemporary Spanish hymnal edited by Lilia Cuervos.

2018 choir rehearsals resume January 11. Please contact Jonathan Brennand for further information.

youth choirChalice Singers Youth Choir (grades 2-7)
Our children's choir is not being held in 2017-18 due to low enrollment. Children are welcome to play handbells and specific intergenerational and youth services include youth performers.

Please contact Jonathan Brennand for information.

windsC Winds (high school - adult)
This ensemble is primarily flutes, but may include other winds such as oboe, bassoon, or lower recorders.  This ensemble performs 4-7 part music for two services during the late fall and spring; participants should be able to read music independently and have reasonably good intonation and tone. This is a lay-led ensemble; rehearsals are held Sundays 11:45-1pm, by consensus 4-5 weeks before a scheduled service.  Contact flutes @ firstparish.info for more information.

handbell choirHandbell Choir (all ages)
This lay led group performs for occasional services throughout the church year using First Parish's three octave hand chime set. Rehearsals are weekly. The handbell choir is open to all who are capable of sustained attention to rehearsal for an hour. Ability to read music is not required, but is helpful. Contact ringers @ firstparish.info for more information.

 

 

Grace Notes (all ages)

Grace Notes singers offer their gift of song to First Parish UU of Arlington parishioners within the framework of First Parish Lay Ministry. Grace Notes singers need to be able to read music with good fluency and to be comfortable with singing alone on a part with accuracy. It also helps to be familiar with a variety of musical styles and eras since Grace Notes tries to honor special requests for particular favorite hymns or songs when possible. Rehearsals are held once a month on the 4th Wednesday from 7:30-8:30pm. Contact gracenotes @ firstparish.info

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