Music Programs

 

"Sing to our God, all the earth; proclaim the good news of God's salvation from day to day."

 (1st Chronicles 16:23) 

 

The Mission of Music

Through these many pursuits, we maintain continuity by striving to realize and honor the glory of God in our music. As our ensembles sonify the sacred breath of the Spirit, we mean to instill in worshippers that same notion of the immanence of God. Caught up in the embodied joy of music-making, we sing to our fullest.Programs 2017-2018

First Church of Christ, Congregational, Suffield, CT is blessed to be welcoming in the 2022 New Year with the hiring of Amy Pott as our Director of Worship Arts.

Amy is no stranger to us as she has been serving First Church since last May as our Acting Minister of Music. Amy’s dedication, professionalism, affability, and mastery of music makes her the ideal candidate for this position.

Please read the full announcement welcoming Amy through the link provided.

 

The Choirs of First Church

The choirs are prominent during our yearly special services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Palm Sunday, Christmas Eve, and Blue Christmas. The Choir also sings concerts throughout the year and is available for hire. The choir draws from adult volunteers, four choral scholars and the children (ages 6+) of our Pilgrim Choir.

First Church’s Chancel Choir sings anthems, psalm-chants, spirituals, gospel music, new works, choruses and many other forms from the sacred music canon. Beginning each year on Recovenanting Sunday in September and continuing until Celebration Sunday in early June, the choir sings sacred anthems and supports hymn-singing for each worship service, excepting the final Sunday of each month which features the young voices of our Pilgrim Choir. The choir is accompanied weekly by the Gress-Miles pipe organ; handbells and instrumental ensembles also lend support throughout the year. 

The choirs love new faces and rehearsals are a welcoming and affirming environment.

For more information please contact our Director of Worship Arts Amy Pott music@fcsuffield.org

       

        The Handbell Choirs of First Church

The Sonotori Ringers are one of the flagship ensembles of First Church; indeed, this group is known throughout New England as one of the finest of its kind. Under the direction of Janet Banks, the Sonotori Ringers play handbell music during worship services once or more times monthly, multiple selections on Festival days, and for biannual concerts and other special events. This elite group plays the most challenging repertoire from the most talented arrangers from the past half-century. Newcomers are always welcome to attend rehearsals to observe and give the bells a ring on Monday evenings at 7 pm, in the Janet McKee Banks Handbell Loft, just off the upstairs choral room (and overlooking the sanctuary).

          

        Music on High

 

Our Music on High program is currenlty suspended due to Covid-19

This community ministry provides the Greater Suffield community opportunities to hear world-renown artists perform concerts of the highest caliber in the marvelous acoustic of First Church’s sanctuary. In the past two years alone, our concerts have spanned nine centuries of music and featured artists hailing from the American South and South Asia as well as the finest choruses and ensembles of New England.  Please see our website or pick up a brochure at church to see this year’s offerings. Music on High is self-supported, relying entirely on donations rather than the church's budgetary aegis.