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Worship & Music

Music & Choirs


Contact Dr. Thomas M. Scott (330) 650-4048 or tscott@hudsonucc.org


Music

Be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts.

-Ephesians 5:19

“The gifts of God for the people of God.” This is the overarching philosophy of the music ministry at First Congregational Church. Those who have musical gifts have the sacred and joyful responsibility to share them with our congregation, giving glory to God and edification to the community.

Wherever you are on your (musical) journey, you are welcome here! We have eight ensembles from which to choose, beginning with Kindergarten and extending through our fine Chancel Choir. Feel free to take a look below for the group that will help you share the joy of the Lord through music!

For more information, contact Tom Scott, Director of Music Ministries at tscott@hudsonucc.org or call 330.650.4048, ext. 260.


Chancel Choir

Rehearse: Wednesday 7:00-8:30 pm

Our most prominent choir in the music ministry, this talented group sings a wide variety of repertoire ranging from early polyphony to contemporary choral music. The Chancel Choir requires a reasonably serious time commitment to weekly rehearsal and regular service singing. International touring is in our long term plans.


eleven fifty-nine

The popular eleven fifty-nine service features a professional rhythm section and singer Chelsea Selvaggio. The service is uplifting, concise and very fresh. Our Teen Band regularly contributes to this service as well. If traditional music/worship is not your thing, try eleven fifty-nine.


Men's Ensemble

Rehearse: Wednesday 8:30-9:30 pm

This group made history recently when they joined the Men of Independence to sing the National Anthem at the Indians, Browns and Cavs games in one year. We have a really great time together and sing very well! If you are a man who loves the rich sound of men's voices, you will love this group.


Handbell Choir

Rehearse: Sunday 6:00-7:30 pm

With five full octaves of handbells and two octaves of hand chimes, this group is expanding. We ring every 6 weeks or so in service.


Cherub Choir (gr. K-2) and Explorer Choir (3-5)

Rehearse: Wednesday 5:00-6:30 pm

Wonderful Wednesday is a children's program which includes dinner, choir, Orff instruments, arts, crafts and Bible stories. We sing in service about once a month. The highlights of the year are the Christmas Eve Children's Pageant and the annual Spring Musical. It is a great way for the children to express their inner creativity in a spiritual format. WW is also a wonderful way for our children to connect with the church during the week. They gain valuable experience and self-confidence, and it gives parents a one and a half hour break in the late afternoon! It is super-fun!


Teen Band and Choir

Rehearse: Sunday 7:30-9:00 pm

Our Teen Band and Choir is an excellent group of high school musicians. We perform about once a month (especially eleven fifty-nine) and it is an uplifting and enjoyable time to be together with friends that share things in common.


revoice Middle School Choir

Rehearse: Wednesday 5-5:30 pm

revoice is our Middle School Choir. This energetic young group sings about once a month in service and tends to sing contemporary Christian style music.


Memorial Choir

Rehearses: Mondays at 11:00 am as needed.

This new group provides musical support for our memorial services. As the services are normally in the late morning, singers would need to available at that time.


The Sanctuary Organ at First Congregational Church was installed in November 1991. It was designed and constructed by the firm of Karl Wilhelm, Inc. of Mt. St.-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada. It is his Opus 124.

This organ displays characteristics of the classic organs developed in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. The pipe work sits inside a thin-walled wooden case which blends and projects the sounds of the pipes. The organ has four divisions, corresponding to the three manual keyboards and the pedal keyboard. They are called the Great, Swell, Positiv, and Pedal divisions. Each of the four divisions is a separate and complete instrument with its own area in the case. The manual divisions are vertically stacked in the case, while the pedal division is split into two towers on either side. The largest principal pipes of each division (except the Positiv) are placed in the facade of the organ. Carved pipeshades above the facade pipes help blend the sounds of high and low pitches.

The ornamental carvings in front of the Positiv division were done by the mastercarver, Jean Dutin. They represent the four beasts from this quote in Revelations 4:6-11, reminding us that our joy and duty in worship is to praise God (which we do with the help of this instrument).


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