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 – February 2019

This month is an exciting one for the First Parish Choir!  We are in the home stretch getting prepared for Music Sunday, which will be Sunday, March 3rd this year.  (Our usual time for Music Sunday is the first part of May.)  I remember feeling this way last year as...

Musically Speaking – January 2019

Missa Gaia is a Mass for the Earth.  It is a celebration of the earth as a sacred place.  It was premiered in New York in 1981 by Paul Winter, Jim Scott, Paul Halley, Oscar Castro-Neves, and Kim Oler. This piece of music is unique because there are three performing...

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