Music, Arts & Concerts

A choir for every age

The Adult Choir offers a wide variety of musical selections during most Sunday services. Their repertoire lifts up musicians working today and throughout history that express spirit according to diverse theological and cultural approaches. All are welcome to join the Adult choir with no audition required. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:30pm; for more information, please contact Director of Church Music Justin Murphy-Mancini

Choir in robes with hymnal

Our Teen Choir is for grades 7-12. Singers must be at least 12 years old. Rehearsals are every Sunday, 9-9:40am. Under the direction of Kristen Miller, choir members learn to read music and sing in three and four parts with a blended choral tone. Favorite musical styles include gospel, spirituals, classical, sacred chants and rounds, as well as music from indigenous cultures. The Teen Choir performs in church five or six times a year, including at the annual Christmas Candlelight Service. No previous musical experience is necessary.

 

Our Young Church Choir is for grades 2-6. Rehearsals are every Sunday, 9:40-10:20am. Under the direction of Kristen Miller, children 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. No previous musical experience is necessary.

 

JAZZ VESPERS

Jazz Vespers celebrates the inspiration of jazz music and provides the membership and community a time to gather together for an evening–usually on the first Wednesday of the month–to enjoy music, readings, and time for reflection.

 

CANDLELIGHT CHORALE

Church window lit with candlesThe Candlelight Chorale offers two or three programs each year: a fall and/or spring concert, and the Christmas Candlelight service, a Newburyport tradition since 1925. Singers from the greater community are welcome, and may join the Chorale for single concerts. Find out more information on the 2019 Candlelight service and how you can take part.

 

 

 

 

 

WILSON MUSIC SERIES

Now in its 35th season, the Jean C. Wilson Music Series offers intimate chamber music concerts designed to be a relief from the dark and grinding New England winter. These Sunday afternoon programs take place each year from January through March, featuring a wide range of professional musicians from around the United States. Past performers include the Del Sol Quartet, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, Ensemble Chaconne, Concerto Incognito, and many others. Find out more about our 2021 season.

 

Tiny Gallery

In April 2020, FRS member Bettina Turner invited us in a worship service to reflect on creativity and what it means to be creative. We are all creative, whether or not we consider ourselves artistic. Here are some of the many ways that FRS members and friends express their creativity.

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