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MUSIC AT FIRST CHURCH

Music is a wonderful gift from God.  Our earliest recorded Hebrew scriptures reveal that music has been central to worship from the beginning.  Throughout the Old and New Testaments, we are instructed to “sing a new song to the Lord,” and to “praise God with strings and pipe!”  This rich tradition continues around the world and here at First Church.

Our largest choir is you, the congregation, as you sing the hymns each Sunday.  The Adult Choir is open to anyone high school age and above, and welcomes all who love to sing.  We are fortunate to be assisted by professional Section Leaders who provide musical leadership and support to the choir.  This group rehearses each Thursday evening and sings in worship each Sunday morning from September to June.  We welcome new members at any time.  A highlight of the Choir’s year is the annual candlelight Festival of Lessons & Carols, presented each year at 4:00 p.m. on the Sunday before Christmas. NOTE: Over the two-plus years of the COVID-19 pandemic normal attrition and caution about gathering to sing have left us with a choir that is too small to rehearse and sing weekly. We have begun a monthly pre-service rehearsal and singing in the service on an informal basis, but still lack numbers and personnel to sing in all parts. We look forward to growing the choir back to its pre-pandemic health.

         

CARILLON SUNDAYS

Our wonderful carillonneur, Tanya Lukyanova, plays the carillon on the first Sunday morning of the month during the year and through the summer. She usually begins around 9:45 am and plays after worship, too.  If you would like, you can come to the church and listen from your car and then stay for our summer “drive-in” worship. This is also a nice gesture to the neighborhood.

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The Organ

The pipe organ has rightly been called “The King of Instruments.”  Reigning over our sanctuary from the rear gallery is a glorious instrument built in 1962 by Austin Organs, Incorporated, of Hartford, Connecticut.  The organ, consisting of 3,135 pipes in five divisions, is played from a console of three manuals (keyboards) and pedals.  It is a versatile instrument, capable of accompanying choirs, leading the congregation in song, and displaying organ literature of all historical periods in concert. Capable of everything from a subtle murmur to thundering bombast, it is one of the largest pipe organs in the region, its value second only to the building and property.