The First Parish Music Ministry seeks to welcome and empower singers and instrumentalists of all ages to deepen spiritually, build community and make a positive difference in the world through the universal language of music. These are our currently established music groups at First Parish. If you would like to offer your own musical talents but are unsure how to do that, please contact Elizabeth Norton, Director of Music Ministry at

First Parish Choir

Wednesday evenings 7:45-9:15 in the Sanctuary

Missa_Gaia_w_ccs_frontElizabeth Norton, Director

The First Parish Choir provides music for most Sunday worship services. In addition to regular Sunday services, the choir sings on Christmas Eve and prepares one or two larger choral works each year for special Music Sundays or concerts. The group has traveled to eastern Europe on several Transylvania musical pilgrimages and participates in festivals and concerts more locally as well. The choir’s eclectic repertoire includes choral classics, jazz, gospel, folk songs and world music. The First Parish Choir welcomes adult and high school singers who love choral singing and the unique musical community of a choir. 

Contact Beth Norton, Director of Music Ministry for more information:


Gospel Choir (grades 6 to 12)

Rehearsals Sunday from 11:30 – 12:15 in the Chapel 

Anderson Manuel, Director

Music has power to communicate… power to inspire… power to change.  From my many years of singing and directing, I have learned that music is also a powerful force. It communicates messages to our lives, hearts, minds and even the very cells of our bodies. On behalf of the Gospel Ensemble here at First Parish, I invite you to sing with us. Ministry in music will not only be very rewarding in your own personal life, but you will also discover a new appreciation for the value of working in unison with others as you focus on bringing your vocal gift to our congregation.  

Contact Anderson at for more information.

By Your Side Singers

Meets first and third Thursday of each month in the Parlor.

By Your Side Singers is a pastoral choir and singing meditation circle that meets twice monthly to sing together and hold our joys and concerns in a circle of musical care. When invited, we go to parishioners’ homes or hospital rooms in groups of 3 or 4 to share soft, soothing song. We are not performers so much as partners. Through our singing, By Your Side Singers provide a musical presence for people seeking comfort and strength during times of illness or transition. By Your Side Singers sing songs and chants from many sources. Through singing we support and comfort one another as we share our own challenges and hopes.  Our singing has evoked smiles, tears, laughter–even dancing!

For more information, or to arrange a visit from the By Your Side Singers, contact Beth Norton, Director of Music Ministry at

By Your Side Singers Brochure


Rise Up Singing

Meets Monthly on the fourth Friday at 7:00 p.m.

(third Friday in November, December and May)

Rise Up Singing is an informal, monthly song circle that is open to singers and instrumentalists of all ages and experience. Whether you are a seasoned folk musician or a novice guitar player, there is a place for you!  Copies of Rise Up Singing and Rise Again, two comprehensive compilations of song lyrics and chords, are available to borrow – or you can bring your own copy. 

Contact Beth Norton, Director of Music Ministry for more information:

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