Music at First Parish of Watertown

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! 

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.

Charlyn Bethell, Music Director

Guy Urban, Accompanist

Musically Speaking Blog

Updates and reflections from Charlyn Bethell, Music Director

Musically Speaking – September 2019

Happy fall and welcome (back) to First Parish!  At this time in our church life, we are embracing some things very new with our interim minister and in the letting go of the way things used to be.  We are certainly fortunate to have Wendy Bell along this journey with...

Musically Speaking – June 2019

My first thought is gratitude for the year.  The music at First Parish is happening!  The choir has grown and, with the help of Guy’s practice files, has done more challenging and exciting music than ever before.  We realized a dream I have had of featuring Missa Gaia...

Musically Speaking – May 2019

I recently was asked to fill out a survey for one of Mark’s students who is studying UU polity. Polity is defined as “a form or process of civil government or constitution, an organized society”. I think of polity as how the church is run—how we do what we do. The...

Musically Speaking – April 2019

This is the time of year when we reflect on the highlights of the fall, winter and now spring. I have just written the Annual Report for Music, and I would like to share some of that with you now. In the fall, with the current chair of the Worship committee (this year...

Musically Speaking – March 2019

First let me say that our choir has been amazing!  They have not had a Thursday night off for months.  (We usually have one per month.)  Preparing for Missa Gaia made us all hunker down to be ready for Music Sunday.  Choir members have shown up, practiced their parts,...

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.
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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