Music is central to the ministry at First Parish, and the Chancel Choir is central to the music. The Chancel Choir is open to all who want to raise their voice in the spirit of love and community. Auditions are not necessary. While we have several paid section leaders, the great majority of singers are church community members and friends, with a wide range of musical backgrounds and experience.
The Chancel Choir is directed by Keith Kirchoff, an accomplished composer and pianist. If you're interested in joining the Chancel Choir, please speak with the Director. The ability to read music is a great asset, although a quick ear can sometimes substitute for this skill. Singers are expected to be able to match pitch most of the time. Not sure of your abilities or what part to sing? The Director can help with all of this and promises to keep it painless and fun.
The Chancel Choir sings at virtually every worship service, Sundays at 11 a.m., from September to June. Exceptions are announced in advance. From time to time, the Choir is asked to sing for other church events: special services, funerals, memorial services, etc. Participation is encouraged but optional.
Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 in the Sanctuary, and Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 in the Sanctuary. Regular attendance is encouraged. There may be extra or slightly extended rehearsals, called in advance, at holiday times or for special services.
In addition to the Chancel Choir, First Parish also has a small audition-based Chamber Choir that sings approximately once a month.
Our Music Director
Pianist and composer Keith Kirchoff has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Pacific Southwest. A strong advocate for modern music, Kirchoff has premiered over 100 new works and commissioned over two dozen compositions. As part of his commitment to fostering new audiences for contemporary music, Kirchoff has appeared at colleges and universities across the United States as a lecture-recitalist. He has played with orchestras throughout the U.S., performing a wide range of concerti, including the Boston premiere of Charles Ives's Emerson Concerto and the world premier of Matthew McConnell's Concerto for Toy Piano. Kirchoff has won awards from the Steinway Society, MetLife Meet the Composer, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and was named the 2011 Distinguished Scholar by the SMSA. Specializing on works which combine interactive electro-acoustics with solo piano, Kirchoff's Electro-Acoustic Piano Tour has been presented in eight countries, and the first album in the Electro-Acoustic Piano series was released in 2011 on Thinking outLOUD Records. He has also recorded on the New World, Zerx, Tantara, New Focus, and SEAMUS labels.
To learn more about the Music Director, visit www.keithkirchoff.com.