Music Plays a large role in the life of First Parish and many who attend First Parish regularly report that the service music is one of the reasons they attend. The music program is anchored by the following key components:
- Music Director and Choral Conductor, William Sano, trained at Baldwin Wallace and New England Conservatory and who will celebrate his 50th anniversary at at First Parish in April of 2018. This position reports to and collaborates with the Sr. Minister.
- Organist Matthew Chiu, a gifted young organist with 14 years of organ experience and who is working on his masters at Boston University
- A strong senior choir numbering from 25 to 30 that, in the past few years has sung music from seven centuries, in 9 different languages (including English, Latin, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Czech and Swahili) and which has 4 paid section leaders/soloists.
- Two "All-Music Sundays" each year (in 2018 there will be 3) in which the choir and supplemental instrumentalists have performed works by Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn, Faure, Duruffle, Haydn and Boston-based Daniel Pinkham among others.
- A 7 person lay leader Music Committee that assists music staff, participates in auditions, does expanded musical event programming (e.g. multi-generation appeal Karaoke night, cabaret night, First Fridays night, December holiday caroling) and oversees allocation of funding recommendations from Music and organ reserve accounts. These special events are the highly attended by parishioners.
- Two organs. The Sanctuary organ is a restored Hook and Hastings organ with massive digital upgrades done in 2011 by Rodgers and a smaller organ in the chapel. We also periodically utilize an electronic clavinova.
- Quite a few other parishioners share their musical talents with the choir and music events from time to time.
- The Music Committee is also working with the Director of Family Ministries and Youth Group Director on Music related ideas. A set of hand bells has recently been purchased on their behalf.