Music and Choir

Watch videos of two flute solos at First Congregational United Church of Christ

In addition to worship, First Congregational United Church of Christ offers many opportunities to become involved in both the church community and the larger community in which we live.  This page will help you become better acquainted with the Music and Choir of our church.

At First Congregational United Church of Christ we consider music to be an essential part of worship.  Our amazing pipe organ, with its 3,100 pipes, truly fills our sanctuary with awe-inspiring sound that must be heard to be appreciated. Organist Grant Edwards composes and performs many variations and original selections for worship.

Watch a video of an organ transcription of J.S. Bach's Prelude for Solo Cello Suite No. 1

Watch a video of the Prelude in Classic Style by Gordon Young

On the fourth Sunday of each month we take a break from more traditional styles of music to welcome our jazz band complete with piano, trumpet, stand-up bass, and drums.  Throughout the year we offer special music and concerts to enhance our worship services.

Our choir heightens the spirit of both those who sing and those who hear them sing each Sunday.  This year promises to be our best yet, with many wonderful choral selections and choral masterworks.  Our choir sings a varied, eclectic repertoire, from renaissance through contemporary, from fine, serious choral styles to arrangements of folk songs, spirituals and gospel music.  The choir  performs a balance of accompanied and a cappella music, and concentrates on beauty of sound, diction, and choral blend to the enhancement of the worship experience for all.  The choir sings most Sunday services from Labor Day through Memorial Day and Pentecost.

Join our Choir!

All who wish to participate in the joy of joining voices in sacred song are welcome to become a member of our choir.  There is no need to audition but only a dedication to learn and grow.  Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary and on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. before worship.  We have many skilled singers in this volunteer organization, as well as our four paid section leaders and soloists, but we also have many singers who just want a musical venue such as our choir to belong to.  All that is required to join is the desire to sing,  a rudimentary music reading ability, and the time to rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 9:30 am.  

Those interested in joining this committed choir should contact First Congregational UCC's music director, Dr. Michael Kelly. p: 360.258.1798 • e: mikelly44@gmail.com

Carols & Lullabies CD

Grant Edwards, our organist,  has produced a CD of a cross-section of music from the Advent Season. Much of the music was recorded on December 19, 2010 during worship, and the CD highlights the choir's performance of Conrad Susa's "Carols and Lullabies of the Southwest."  A variety of organ music is included as well as a stunning solo by Kim Swennes, and the piano solo heard during communion on December 2. Two versions of the CD are available, one featuring just music, and one that includes Anton's December 19 homily. Please see Jim McPartland or Grant Edwards to order your copy (or copies) of the recording.  A $10 free-will donation for each copy is requested to help defray production costs. Alternatively, contact Grant Edwards.  Please specify which version(s) of the CD you'd like (full version or music only).