choir singing around the piano

Music is central to our life as a community of faith. Music stirs our souls, lifts us out of our selves, and offers us a glimpse of the divine. Music can connect us with God in ways that words alone cannot, and we are blessed to have many amateur and professional musicians in our congregation. Our music program is one of the great joys and strengths of the First Congregational Church.

Music on Sundays draws largely from the western tradition of sacred music, and periodically features more contemporary and multi-cultural offerings. A talented adult choir of 15-20 amateurs and paid soloists, led by our Minister of Music, is accompanied by our Johnson Organ (Op. 183, 1865) and Steinway B grand piano. A bell choir, children’s choir, and seasonal concerts round out our music offerings.

Sanctuary Choir

The adult choir provides musical leadership on Sundays through its singing of anthems and leading of congregational hymn singing. This talented group of amateurs and paid soloists generally rehearses on Thursday at 7:00 PM, and is open to all members of the community. Contact our Minister of Music to learn more.

Youth Choir

Youth Choir rehearses from 9:30-9:55 before the Sunday Worship Service begins. All children are welcome regardless of whether they are pre-school age or even approaching the top of the middle school grades. Children sing in the worship service every few weeks. Contact Jill Wheat or Cathy Schane-Lydon, the Minister of Music, for more information.

Bell Choir

The ringers in our bell choir offer special musical selections at various times throughout the year, particularly during the seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter. People of all skill levels are invited to join, whether you’re a long time ringer or are holding a bell in your hand for the first time. Contact Mary Jo Erikson (413-623-2071 or email hidden; JavaScript is required) if you’re interested in ringing.

Music on Main Concert Series

Music on Main presents a talented lineup of local and national musicians three times a year (fall, winter, and spring). This popular concert series is open to the wider community. All proceeds benefit the music ministry of the church.

Stockbridge Festival Chorus

In addition to our sacred music program, the First Congregational Church also serves as host to the Stockbridge Festival Chorus, a gifted amateur chorus of 50 singers led by Tracy Wilson, which performs two concerts a year.