Music and Choir
Music at First Parish in Cohasset plays an important role in the ministry of the church. It offers an opportunity for our members and children to participate in the creation of something beautiful and it enhances our spiritual joining at our Sunday services.
Our adult choir provides music for our worship services almost every week. They are also called on from time to time to provide their talents to other events, such as the annual Martin Luther King Breakfast, Union Services held with local UU churches, and at the solemn occasion of memorial services for our cherished members.
The music of First Parish is a rich blend of the traditional and an eclectic mix drawn from a vast array of genres, including Gospel, African, Hebrew, jazz, pop, and Broadway. Our choir might sing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus at Easter and a traditional African song two weeks later.
Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 and for one hour before Sunday services. All are heartily welcome to join the choir, whatever their level of expertise.
First Parish is in the process of reinstituting its Children’s Choir. The choir will rehearse on Thursday afternoons from 5:30 to 6:15 pm and will perform for the congregation at about four services a year. The age range is about 8-13 and we sing rounds, hymns and other songs, learn how to use our singing voices, learn how to read music and sometimes play instruments as well. This program will be open not just to the children of First Parish, but to any children of the community. Please keep an eye on our news posts for information o this upcoming program.
First Parish has a three-octave set of Whitechapel bells. All are welcome to join the group that provides occasional music in support of our services. This is an intergenerational activity, and while some experience with reading music is helpful, it is not required.
On Sundays the Meeting House is filled with the glorious music of an 1892 George S. Hutchings & Co. Opus 274 pipe organ. The organ underwent a substantial rebuilding in 1970 and has been maintained in excellent working condition since.