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Music

Our Music Ministry is central to the life of our First Church community. First Church offers a Music at the Meetinghouse concert series, among other special musical events and many children, youth, and adults participate in our various vocal and bell choirs.

Through our varied and rich musical offerings, parishioners young and old are able to connect more readily with God.

Children's choir singing during worship

Music at the Meetinghouse

One of the historic traditions of our church is the Music at the Meetinghouse Concert Series. These concerts are offered to the community for a minimal offering, showcasing a variety of music genres.

However, the cost of bringing such fine quality programs cannot be borne by these offerings alone. Music at the Meetinghouse continues because of the support of those who are interested in high quality music programs. Consider becoming a "Friend of the Concert Music Series"!

Choir Camp

Join our spirit-filled week of singing, bell ringing, outdoor adventures, crafts, games and more at First Church Choir Camp each August. This off-site, overnight camp is for students in fourth grade through high school and helps to shape musical talent and practice for participating in children's music programs at First Church, while also including all the typical fun of summer camp. 

Choir camp participants ringing bells and singing together

Music Scholarship

The First Church of Christ, Congregational, UCC in Glastonbury is pleased to offer scholarships of up to $1,000 to student musicians in the First Church family or in the Glastonbury community to defray the cost of private lessons. The selection process will focus on an applicant's interest in classical music, especially in music appropriate for sacred settings. Through these scholarships, the Board of Music seeks to encourage the appreciation and performance of church music through formal education, and to foster church musicians, both professionals and lay volunteers.

First Church Music Scholarship award winners from the previous year are not eligible to apply. The First Church Board of Music Scholarship subcommittee will review all the applications. The winner will be notified in June, and scholarship awards will be mailed to his or her music instructor the following September. The scholarship will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Scholarship Committee and will be based upon applicant qualifications. Check out past recipients!

Students currently enrolled in grades 7 through 12 and college undergraduates are eligible to apply in the spring, due in May. Possible applicants might include: a seventh grade instrumentalist formally studying classical music; a junior or senior high school student seeking better vocal technique through lessons; or a college undergraduate student majoring or minoring in music in preparation for a career as a teacher or church musician/choir director.

Those interested in applying can check out the selection criteria and application details.

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