First Parish in Framingham

24 Vernon Street
Framingham, MA 01701

(508) 872-3111

Music at First Parish

Choir on Chancel steps

Music is an integral and essential part of the life and worship of First Parish. The program aims at diversity in repertoire, a high degree of community participation, and the highest standards of performance. We believe music is a powerful social cohesive, a proclamation of common identity, and, above all, something that is uplifting and that allows us a glimpse of eternity. Music also has an important role in the unity, ecumenism, mission, community, and pastoral life of the church.

Music-making opportunities abound at First Parish. The church is fortunate to have a beautiful two-manual organ, an 6-foot grand piano, 3 octaves of Schulmerich handbells and a set of Schulmerich chimes.

If you are interested in joining any of the music programs listed below, please do not hesitate to contact the Music Director, Claudia Keyian via email: .

The Parish Choir

The Parish Choir is open to people of high school age and older. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings each week from 7 to 8:30 in the Meeting House from September through May. We sing for most Sunday services as well as special occasions such as Christmas Eve and ordinations. Our repertoire spans the past eight centuries and represents a variety of cultures, styles and languages. Rehearsals are designed to be fun and challenging. All are welcome; no experience is necessary!

 Bell Choir in Meeting House Loft

The Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir, directed by Dean Arvidson, performs approximately monthly and for special occasions such as the Christmas Eve service and the Spring Concert. No prior Bell Choir experience is required. Rehearsals are Mondays from 7-8:30 pm in the Meeting House year-round.


David Mendelsohn

Musician members and friends of the Parish are invited to share their talents in Sunday worship, and are scheduled on a regular basis. Consider sharing your musical skills and interests with our congregation. Contact the Director of Music at for further information about opportunities to perform.

Children’s Choir and Youth Chime Choir

Children's Christmas Choir

The Children’s Choir and Youth Chime Choir are led by Dean Arvidson and are open to all children and youth (K-8th grade). Rehearsals are Sundays from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the Olympia Brown Room. The groups alternate singing and chime playing each month; we sing or play for services on the first Sunday of the month as well for special occasions such as the early Christmas Eve service.

organ 2


The organ is a two-manual instrument built by Frazee between 1926 and 1930. It was rebuilt by Nobscott 1997-2003 and sits in the west gallery of the meeting house. The meeting house piano is a 6-foot grand by Young Chang. The Parish also owns a set of Schulmerich handbells and a set of Schulmerich chimes.

The Heritage Chorale Rehearses at First Parish Weekly

A nonprofit chorus of approximately 90 singers who perform major classical and contemporary choral works in the Framingham area is led by Music Director John Finney. Chorale singers audition to become members and come from over twenty communities in the MetroWest area. The Heritage Chorale rehearses weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. from September through May and will present three concerts this season.

For information, call the InfoLine 508-270-3999 or Irene Morth at 508-875-2285, or visit their website at

UnCommon Coffee House

The UnCommon Coffeehouse has been one of the leading coffeehouses in the metro Boston area for more than 30 years. The Uncommon has been the host for hundreds of top folk, big band, and world acts since its beginnings in the mid-80s. We have welcomed such greats as Tom Rush, Cheryl Wheeler, Tom Paxton, and Garnet Rogers to our stage. Uncommon also recognizes its responsibility to nurture up and coming artists, and has actively pursued engaging exciting opening acts, such as Tracy O’Connell, Liz Moore and Ben Styer and,  picured below, Little Jed and the Phat Daddies.

For further information and to view our schedule of concerts visit Come and share an evening of music with us. As always, FPF adults can receive $2 off each ticket by prepaying. The UnCommon Coffeehouse is volunteer-based organization, if you are interested in becoming involved with the Coffeehouse as a volunteer, please contact us at

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