Welcome to First Parish Music Community!
First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington has a thriving music and arts program that is at the core of its Ministry. Throughout the year, we welcome new voices and instrumentalists to participate in our Adult Choir and a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. We perform a wide variety of music ranging from classical, world music with social justice themes, diverse and female composers, jazz and folksongs. Please let us know if you would like to learn more or become involved by emailing musicdirector @ firstparish.info, and/or by signing up for the weekly E-Bulletin.
Choral and instrumental groups, vocalists and instrumentalists contribute regularly to Sunday services, special events and community sings from September-June and provide music for lay-led services and lay ministry visits to those unable to attend services.
Highlights for 2017-18 include the Rutter Requiem on November 12 with full choir and chamber orchestra, a workshop and gospel service with Mark Miller on March 10-11, and excerpts from Handel's Messiah on April 1. Our 2016-17 season featured performances of Cohen's Alzheimer Stories and a collaboration with Follen Church (Lexington MA) for two services of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. Our Spring 2018 services will highlight contemporary works by Mark Miller, Gwyneth Walker, Kenneth Seitz and Diane Taraz, as well as world music selections in a variety of musical styles. Other services showcase the talents of our instrumental musicians who perform classical, jazz, popular, folk and ethnic music, including the Shenanigans, a Handbell Choir, C Winds, Duo Maresienne, UUlations, folk song leaders, youth musicians and others. Come experience the reward of enhancing our worship services with your musical talents.