Music at First Parish of Watertown

Music Overview

Music at First Parish engages our community and adds a spark to every listener and participant!

As part of weekly church services, we share in singing hymns.

Services are enhanced by either piano or guest musicians who express a wide variety of styles that include Classical, folk, jazz, ethnic and world music, as well as popular music and music composed by contemporary artists.  Those artists are often part of our congregation or friends from the musical community in the Boston area.

First Parish has an adult choir that rehearses weekly and sings at a church service once per month.

We have a full rock and roll band that plays at some services, too!  Recently, the choir sang with the band for an extraordinary service!

There are times that our music director hosts a family choir event, usually on multi-generational services, in which people learn the music prior to the service and then share the songs at that service.  We have a wide variety of talent in our congregation and have had some wonderful youth and children singing at church services.

Instead of the annual caroling that our community does each year, our choir will be singing a Madrigal concert that will ignite our holiday spirit.

Charlyn Bethell, Music Director

Guy Urban, Accompanist

Choir Schedule

Choir Schedule PDF

Rehearsals are on Thursdays 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the First Parish Sanctuary. Please be on time!
We warm-up on Sundays prior to singing at a service at 9:30 am.

Watch emails for last-minute inclement weather cancellations.

September 14th 6:30 Potluck location TBA

Rehearsals: September 21st, 28th Sunday, October 1st

Madrigal rehearsal October 5th

Rehearsals: October 12th, 19th, 26th Sunday, October 29th

Madrigal rehearsal November 2nd

Rehearsals: November 9th, 16th.
NO rehearsal November 23rd (Thanksgiving) Rehearsal: November 30th
Sunday, December 3rd

Madrigal Concert Friday, December 8th, 7:30 pm

Rehearsals: December 7, 14, 21st
**NO morning church service on December 24th Christmas eve services at 4:30 and 6:00 pm

NO rehearsal December 28th

Rehearsals: January 4th, 11th, 18th Sunday, January 21st

NO rehearsal January 25th

Rehearsals: February 1st, 8th Sunday, February 11th

NO rehearsal February 15th

Rehearsals: February 22nd, March1st, 8th Sunday March 11th

NO rehearsal March 15th

Rehearsals: March 22nd, 29th Easter Sunday, April 1st

NO rehearsal April 5th

Rehearsals: April 12th, 19th, 26th, May 3rd Music Sunday, May 6th

Contact Info:

From The Directors

Our good friend Chris Jolliffe was a guest musician here, singing three songs that he wrote.  A number of people expressed interest in Chris’ music, so below are a few samples of his songs, including “I Never Went Fishing With My Uncle Dave”, which he sang at the service.

Anyone who is interested in talking to Chris or finding out more about his songs can contact him at:

Here are some of his songs:

I Never Went Fishing With My Uncle Dave

Gonna Live on Perch

Sweet Sassy Shiela

Victoria Avenue

Finest Distillation of the Blues

Where’s the Mail Room