Music is integral to worship and Christian education at First Congregational Church. Our church enjoys choirs spanning all ages from three-year-olds through adults, a five-octave handbell ensemble, a Worship Band, a popular and respected concert series, and many soloists and instrumentalists who lead worship in a variety of styles, including classical, contemporary, jazz, bluegrass, and more. For more information about FCC's Music Ministry, please e-mail music@firstcongregational.com.

Choirs and Ensembles

Children's and Youth Choirs

  • CAROL CHOIR (3 year olds through 2nd graders)
    Rehearsals: Sunday mornings, 11:10 am
    Under the leadership of one our WCSU/CC Student Interns, with the guidance of our Minister of Music, the Carol Choir enjoys a fifteen-minute rehearsal following the 10:00 am worship service that is designed for our youngest "musicians". Quick-learning children's songs and games plant life-long melodies, messages, Bible verses, and Christian principles in the minds and hearts of our Carol Choir choristers. The Carol Choir sings in worship once a month.

  • COVENANT CHOIR (3rd through 7th graders)
    Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Choristers in Covenant Choir learn the invaluable gift of reading music, discover how to use one's voice in a variety of ways, sing in several different languages each year, all the while learning churchmanship, teamwork, and Christian Education, exploring the talents, gifts, and abilities God has given us, and gaining respect for and sharing Christian fellowship with one another. The Covenant choir sings in worship once a month.

Adult Choirs

  • Chancel Choir, Edwin R. Taylor, director
    The all-volunteer non-auditioned Chancel Choir is open to all ages and singing backgrounds. The choir explores choral literature from all periods as it offers inspiring sacred music in worship and concert. Group vocal techniques, church music history, prayer, and Christian fellowship are woven into weekly rehearsals. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, and sings in worship most every Sunday from September through May. New members are always welcome.

  • Concert Choir, Edwin R. Taylor, director
    The Concert Choir, comprised of members of the Chancel Choir and singers from other area religious and community choirs, gathers to perform choral/orchestral works, generally complemented by a professional orchestra or ensemble, on the Fountain Music Series. While no audition is held, a background in choral music is helpful. Rehearsals are on specific Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Contact music@firstcongregational.com for more information.

  • Celebration Ringers, Edwin R. Taylor, director
    The Celebration Ringers is an ensemble of handbell ringers that performs on a five-octave set of Schulmerich Handbells and three-octave set of Malmark Choirchimes. Open to all ages from middle school through adult, this group does not require an audition, but music-reading skill is expected. The Ringers rehearse on Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm, and ring in worship generally the fourth Sunday of each month, as well as in two or three concerts each season on the Fountain Music Series. New members and substitute ringers are always welcome.

Worship Band, Emily Lutz, director, Nicole Gibson, coordinator

FCC's Worship Band is an all-volunteer ensemble that leads in worship several times a year, as well as performs for various functions throughout the community. The band got its start back in 2007, when Chris Anderson, a member of First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, encouraged his eldest son and a handful of high school musicians going through Confirmation together to start a band. Despite many of the band members having grown up, moved away, and even started their own solo careers, the band remains steadfast, and has evolved into a unique blend of old and new members, including some of FCC's music ministry interns who are enrolled at Western Connecticut State University. The band has a versatile sound performing bluegrass, pop, and contemporary worship songs. Some of its influences include Chris Tomlin, Laura Story, and Francesca Battistelli. If you would be interested in playing in-or booking-the band, please contact Nicole Gibson at nlouisegibson@gmail.com.

The Organ

The 2,688-pipe Wicks-Buchanan Organ was built in 1995 by the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, Illinois, and dedicated by the late William Whitehead, who also served as the designer/consultant for this varied instrument. The organ is well suited to a wide range of organ literature, from German Baroque to French Classical, from Romantic orchestral to contemporary styles. The organ is employed regularly in leading worship, congregational hymn-singing, choir accompaniment, concert performance, and in conjunction with orchestras and instrumental ensembles. In the Summer of 2015, numerous electronic systems were breaking down, and Jonathan Buchanan of "Opus-Two Instrument Control Systems" of Philadelphia, was contracted to re-circuit and re-wire the entire instrument, including both the organ and the console. In addition to his four-months repair and replace project, he updated the instrument to include 99 banks of memory, a thoroughly-programmable pedal divide, a multi-control piston sequencer, additional super couplers, 256 tracks of recordable playback, and more. Now one of the more innovative, versatile, and advanced pipe organs in the country, the instrument is maintained by the A. Thompson-Allen Company of New Haven, Connecticut, curators of the Yale University organs.

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