Music is powerful in worship

Music is a spiritual expression and is a key element of worship experience at First Parish Church.

Organist and Music Director Edwin Swanborn brings energy and enthusiasm for all genres bringing guest soloists to the church along with afternoon and evening concerts.  To his credit, the annual Christmas Eve service has become one of the area’s best known liturgical musical events.  Other highlights of the year include the Easter service and our annual Music service in the spring.

The spacious interior of our Sanctuary, unbroken by galleries or colonnades, possesses a lively acoustic that shows off the sound of singers to advantage and highlights the clear, crisp tones of our historic tracker-action organ, built in 1853.

The Senior Choir

If you’re high school age on up, love music, and love to sing, consider joining our Senior Choir led by Edwin Swanborn.

The Senior Choir performs most Sunday mornings and on special occasions like the Christmas Eve service along with other concert opportunities that arise.

Requirements few, rewards plenty! You don’t have to commit to coming every Sunday, no auditions, and the ability to read music is not a must.   Join us at 9am Sunday morning for donuts and coffee as we practice songs for the 10:00 service.

Junior Choir

The Junior Choir meets every Sunday from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., downstairs in the chapel. It is directed by Alex Pevzner, a talented drummer and musician.  Any child age 6-12 is invited to participate and learn variety of songs that relate to church themes, play rhythm games, folk games and dances, and use rhythm and melody instruments such as kazoos, boom-whackers and chimes.

The Junior Choir provides all of the music for the December Pageant, the February Church School Play, and “Balloon” Sunday in May, as well as participating in some Family Sundays and Duxbury Interfaith Council events.

Handbell Choir

The Duxbury Chalice Ringers, rehearses every Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m. They play on 4½ octaves of Shulmerich handbells and 5 octaves of chimes, difficulty level 2-4. The Chalice Ringers perform often in church and also for weddings, funerals, outreach to other churches and organizations, and for special events.

New members are always welcome. Interested beginners who already read music are welcome to come to a rehearsal. You’ll be given a quick lift to your spirits!

Contact Director Elaine Bryant via the through the church office for more information.


Amazing things happen when we get together.