MUSIC AT FIRST RELIGIOUS SOCIETY
The Church Choir, with 25 volunteer members, rehearses on Thursday evenings 7:30 - 9:00 and sings every Sunday morning, as well as at occasional special services. The repertoire ranges from the classics of early Renaissance and Baroque to "Come Sunday" of Duke Ellington to vocal jazz. Hear the FRS Choir (10/17/2010). Auditions are not required for this group. If you would like to join us, please contact Jay Lane through the church office.
Dr. Jay Lane, Director of Church Music, joined the FRS staff in April of 2009, after serving ten years at Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) in Acton, Massachusetts. Jay holds a doctorate in Musicology from Yale University and is the President of the McClosky Institute of Voice. He has conducted a wide variety of choral and instrumental ensembles, from the Yale Bach Society to the M.I.T. Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and he has served churches of many denominations. In addition to his work here at FRS, Lane teaches voice privately and conducts the Renaissance choir Vox Lucens.
The Candlelight Chorale
Young Church Music Program
The youth music program is composed of two choirs: the Young Church Choir and the Teen Choir.
The Young Church Choir (below) is open to singers in Grades 2 - 6. This choir rehearses every Sunday from 9:40 - 10:20 in the upper parish hall. Children in this group start learning how to read music and how to sing with good tone production and diction. Music is sung in unison or in two parts. The Young Church Choir sings in church five or six times a year, including during the annual Christmas Candlelight Service.
The Teen Choir (below) rehearses every Sunday from 9:00 - 9:40 in the upper parish hall. This lively group consists of about fifteen singers who are in Grades 7 - 12 and who are at least 12 years old in September at the beginning of the church year. Music is sung in three- and four-part harmony. Continued emphasis is placed on learning to read music well and to sing with a beautiful, blended choral tone. The Teen Choir performs in church five or six times a year, including at the annual Christmas Candlelight Service.
New members are always welcome to join the Young Church Choir and the Teen Choir. The children do a great job of making newcomers feel welcome. No previous musical experience is necessary.
Services consist of live improvisational music played by FRS friends and congregational members, as well as brief readings of prose and poetry and a short meditation. Guest artists from the greater Newburyport area frequently join the FRS house band.
The idea is to have a short break in the middle of the week to relax together in the Sanctuary, hear some live jazz, and listen to a few poems.
It’s intended to be casual, uplifting and relaxing. Please join us.
The Candlelight Service
Chamber Music Concert Series
The Organ The organ is regarded as one of the finest and most historic in the area. Built originally in 1834 by Newburyporter Joseph Alley, it was enlarged in 1889 by George S. Hutchings, and rebuilt again in 1957 by the Andover Organ Co. In the 2011 and 2012, the organ was restored by Vermont organ builder A. David Moore and was re-dedicated on Saturday September 15, 2012. Further details on its "pre-2011" form can be found at "Pipe Organs of the Merrimack Valley," information on the renovation while it was in prcoess can be found here, and a finally summary of the renovated organ can be found here.