Music at First Parish

Music holds a significant role in every Sunday service at First Parish. We meticulously select music from a diverse range of sources, encompassing a variety of genres, denominations, and cultures. Our aim is to curate music that not only aligns with the theme of each service but welcomes and resonates with every individual, regardless of age.

At First Parish, we actively participate in hymn singing each week, share in musical performances by our talented members, and showcase our First Parish Choir on Choir Sundays.

Our worship space boasts two remarkable instruments: a 1993 Austin organ and a Yamaha C5 grand piano. We are truly blessed to have such exceptional musical resources enriching our services.


Fun Fact: Hermann Kotzschmar, the great organist for whom the massive Kotzschmar Organ in nearby Merrill Auditorium was named, was the organist at First Parish from 1851-1898. He is the only person buried at the church; his ashes reside in an alcove to the right of the organ.


First Parish Choir

At First Parish, our vibrant choir is at the heart of our community, imbuing joy, inspiring reflection, and heightening non-denominational worship through their beautiful performances. In addition to leading hymns on Choir Sundays, our choir presents a diverse range of music, from timeless classical choral pieces to contemporary favorites.

Additionally, our choir has been an integral part of the First Parish Nativity Pageant Vespers Service since 1926. This candlelight service is a Portland holiday tradition and an experience not to be missed.

Choir Sundays take place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, starting in September and culminating with Music Sunday the second weekend of June. Please note the choir sings on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of May.

Rehearsals are held every Thursday night in the meetinghouse from 7 to 8:45 pm.

We extend a warm welcome to all singers aged 18 and above, regardless of prior musical experience or ability to read music.

Please be aware that rehearsals are paused during the peak summer months and resume in August.

Come join us and become part of our musical journey at First Parish!

If you are interested in sharing your musical talents, please email the Music Director at