Music

Adult Choir

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. Auditions are not required for this group. If you would like to join us, please contact Dana Maiben.

Teen Choir

The Teen Choir 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.

Young Church Choir

The Young Church Choir 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

Jazz Vespers

Jazz Vespers is held the first Wednesday of every month that church meets (September through June). The service, held in the Sanctuary, starts at 8:00 p.m. and lasts approximately 45 minutes.

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.

Candelight Chorale

 

The Candlelight Chorale offers three programs each year: a fall concert, a spring concert, and the Christmas Candlelight service (a Newburyport tradition since 1925). Singers are welcome to join for individual programs, and they need not be church members.

Jean Wilson Music Series

2017 Schedule
January 29: Heinrich Christensen, organ, and Scott Woolweaver, viola — Pinkham, Weaver, Hindemith,  and Metzler

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 2011 and 2012, the organ was restored by Vermont organ builder A. David Moore and was re-dedicated on Saturday September 15, 2012.