MUSIC

We have three areas of service. The first is that of nurturing through worship. Every Sunday, the music at both traditional and Wind services represents the very best gifts we can offer.  This area of our ministry works in tandem with the preaching ministers each Sunday, through the singing of hymns and anthems in the Meetinghouse and of praise choruses in the Wind service that reinforce the power of the spoken Word.


The second area is that of Christian education. Our adult, youth, and children's choir rehearsals often delve into the great biblical truths that are the basis of our anthems. Our Children's Musical Theatre productions bring the Bible to life in memorable ways through drama, music, and dance. 


The third area is that of outreach to the community.  With capacity audiences at our Christmas, Lenten, and Handbell concerts, our music ministry provides an important bridge between our church and the community of Wethersfield and surrounding areas. Concerts are a natural conduit to invite guests into our church to share the gifts of our music ministry, and all that First Church has to offer. The beauty of Christmas Eve and the splendor of Easter, well saturated with the Word and with music, are worship experiences not to be missed!


CLICK HERE to see all upcoming music concerts/events!

First Church CHoir

Already nearing 20 singers, our growing choir of dedicated adult men and women sings Sundays from September to mid-June, and for all major holidays of the church year.  This enthusiastic group sings choral music from all periods, and performs extended masterworks with orchestra in concerts during Lent and Advent.


Thursdays 7:30 - 9:00 PM and Sundays at 9:15 AM

Campanella handbell choir

This handbell choir for experienced youth and adults enriches our worship services, especially during Advent and Christmas, and performs regularly in concert.


Sundays 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, starting date TBA

WIND worship team

The WIND worship team is our contemporary worship music team. All ages are welcome!

Whether you are an advanced player/singer, or a beginner looking to learn how to play with a worship team, the WIND team is for you!


Practices are Thursdays from 7-9 pm.

Sundays begin at 9 am for soundcheck and service!


ALL are welcome to visit our practices! 

Feel free to stop by!
If you would like to participate in our practices, please reach out to our Worship Leader,

Bryan Minerly at bryanm@firstchurch.org

carol choir

pilgrim youth choir

children's musical theatre

Brass ensemble

The pipe organ

Carol Choir (Grades 3-6) is a music education opportunity that combines the preparation of monthly anthems for worship services, including instruction on Orff/Schulwerk instruments and Malmark choirchimes, with an exciting Children's Musical Theatre component that presents fully-staged, costumed productions each Spring.  Children learn to sing, read music, and develop their theatre/drama skills, all in a safe and welcoming spiritual environment.  Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM, beginning September, 2019


Pilgrim Youth Choir (Grades 7-12) provides a wide variety of performing options in vocal and instrumental ensembles, including Afro-Caribbean drumming and handbells.  Their repertoire includes classical, global, Celtic, gospel, and contemporary Christian styles.  The choir often combines with the First Church Choir, as well as the Wind Band to offer their musical gifts to God.  The Pilgrim Youth Choir also serves as an important resource for Children's Musical Theatre productions.  Thursdays 6:30 - 7:00 PM, beginning September, 2019


First Church Brass Ensemble (Adults) is an exciting opportunity for intermediate to advanced players to "raise the roof" in worship services by praising God with trumpets, horns, trombones, and tubas under the skilled direction of Marcia LaReau.  Sundays 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


To register for any choir, or to sign up to receive our weekly Music Ministry eNews, please contact Sean McCarthy at seanm@firstchurch.org or call him at (860) 529-1575, ext. 209 for additional information.


First Church is blessed with a beautiful four manual Austin Organ, Opus 2403, with 62 ranks of pipes.  For more information, click on this link:

www.hartfordago.org/organs-of-hartford/first-church-wethersfield/



The Music Ministry of First Church of Christ is affiliated with the Chorister's Guild, the Handbell Musicians of America, the American Choral Directors Association, and the American Guild of Organists.