music ministries

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!


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Meet the fcch music team

The Music Ministries at First Congregational Church are led by a dynamic team of talented and caring musicians.  While these three staff members work collaboratively on all aspects of music in the church, their areas of primary oversight are listed below should you desire to contact the best person about any specific needs or interests.

  • Dr. Jon C. Peterson


    Director of Music
    Ministries


    Chancel Choir

    Sanctuary Bells

    High School Music

    men's ensemble

    memorial choir

    wedding/memorial music

    10AM MUSIC COORDINATOR


    EMAIL JON

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  • Charlotte Beers plank


    Associate Director of Music & Organist


    church organist

    Women's Ensemble

    Camp Wednesday Music

    8:30am music coordinator


    EMAIL CHARLOTTE

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  • Chelsea Selvaggio


    Associate director of music


    revoice/middle school music

    High School music

    11:25am music coordinator


    EMAIL CHELSEA

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ensembles @ FCCH

  • Chancel Choir

    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.  However, short-term and seasonal participation is also an option for many choristers.  Please contact the director for more information.


    Director: Dr. Jon C. Peterson

    Rehearsals: Wednesdays | 7:00pm - 8:30pm | Choir Room & Sanctuary

  • Sanctuary Bells

    With five full octaves of handbells and two octaves of hand chimes, this group is expanding every year. This intergenerational ensemble welcome ringers of all skill levels -- from advanced ringers to beginners that are eager to learn.  Due to the nature of handbell ensembles, space is limited. Participants are invited to engage in an ongoing or rotational capacity -- see the schedule below. Please contact the director for more information.


    Director: Dr. Jon C. Peterson

    Rehearsals: Wednesdays | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Choir Room


    Fall 2021 Rotations:

    • Rehearsals: August 25 - September 15 | Playing in 8:30am & 10:00am services on Sunday, September 19
    • Rehearsals: September 22 - October 20 | Playing in 8:30am & 10:00am services on Sunday, October 24
    • Rehearsals: October 27 - December 8 (no rehearsal Thanksgiving week) | Playing in 8:30am & 10:00am services on Sunday, December 12
    • Rehearsals: December 15 & 22 | Playing in 7:00pm Christmas Eve service
  • Women's Ensemble

    Our Women's Chorus is a low-commitment, high-enjoyment musical & fellowship opportunity. The ensemble rehearses on a rotational basis. It's not only a place to come together to sing beautiful harmony, but also a safe and supportive community. If you’re looking for a way to reconnect with your creative side, meet new people, or try something new, please join us!


    Director: Charlotte Beers Plank

    Rehearsals: Select Wednesdays | 8:30pm - 9:30pm | Choir Room


    Fall 2021 Rotations:

    • Rehearsals: October 13, 20 & 27 | Singing in 8:30am & 10:00am services on Sunday, October 31
    • Rehearsals: December 8, 15 & 22 | Singing in 7:00pm Christmas Eve service
  • Men's Ensemble

    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. 


    Director: Dr. Jon C. Peterson

    Rehearsals: Select Wednesdays | 8:30pm - 9:30pm | Choir Room


    Fall 2021 Rotations:

    • Rehearsals: September 8, 15 & 22 | Singing in 8:30am & 10:00am services on Sunday, September 26
    • Rehearsals: November 10, 17 & 23 | Singing in 8:30am & 10:00am services on Sunday, November 28
    • Rehearsals: December 8, 15 & 22 | Singing in 7:00pm Christmas Eve service
  • Memorial choir

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


    Director: Dr. Jon C. Peterson

    Rehearsals: TBD

  • 11:25 Band

    The popular eleven twenty-five service features a professional rhythm section. The service is uplifting, concise and very fresh. Our youth music ensembles regularly contribute to this service as well. If traditional music/worship is not your thing, try eleven twenty-five.


    Director/Music Coordinator: Chelsea Selvaggio

  • Spring Choral/Orchestral concert

    Every year, we invite members of the community to join us in a performance of a major choral-orchestral work. Details are usually released in January every year, with the performance in early March.


    Director: Dr. Jon C. Peterson

    Rehearsals: TBD

  • High school music rotation

    Beginning in Fall 2021, high school musicians are invited to participate in one, more or all of our rotating music ministry opportunities that have been geared specifically toward 9th- through 12th-grade students.


    Directors: Dr. Jon C. Peterson & Chelsea Selvaggio

    Rehearsals: Tuesdays | 3:45pm - 5:00 pm | Choir Room


    Fall 2021 Rotations:

    • Kickoff Party: August 31 | Choir Room
    • Choir | Rehearsals: September 7, 14, 21 & 28 | Singing in 10:00am & 11:25am services on Sunday, October 3
    • Band (instrumental & vocal) | Rehearsals: October 5, 12, 19 & 26 | Playing in 11:25am service on Sunday, October 31
    • Handbells | Rehearsals: November 2, 9, 16 & 30 | Playing in 10:00am service on Sunday, December 5
    • Choir | Rehearsals: December 7, 14 & 22 | Singing in 5:00pm Christmas Eve service
  • revoice Middle School Choir

    revoice is our Middle School Choir. This energetic young group sings about once a month in worship, performing a wide variety of styles of music.  This ensemble is open to all 6th- through 8th-grade students with a desire to sing, play their instrument and/or offer other artistic gifts, such as dance.


    Director: Chelsea Selvaggio

    Rehearsals: Wednesdays | 4:30pm - 5:15pm | Choir Room


    Fall 2021 Worship Dates:

    • Sunday, September 26 | 11:25am
    • Sunday, October 24 | 10:00am
    • Sunday, November 21 | 11:25am
    • Sunday, December 19 | 10:00am & 11:25am
    • Friday, December 24 | 5:00pm
  • CHildren's Choirs

    Children's Choir are an integral part of FCCH's Camp Wednesday programming.  For more information about Camp Wednesday, please visit our Children's Ministries page.


    Director: Charlotte Beers Plank

    Rehearsals: Wednesdays | 5:00pm - 6:30pm | Sanctuary & Chapel

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wilhelm Organ

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. View the organ stoplist here


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). For more information about our organ, please contact Organist Charlotte Beers Plank