First Congregational Church Branford, CT         

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Adult Music Programs

Sanctuary Choir
The Sanctuary Choir enhances our worship by presenting a variety of genres of choral music. We are comprised of dedicated members of our church family who rehearse together every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00, and sing for the 10 a.m. service on Sundays from September to June. We also sing during occasional special services. We are bound together by a love of singing and church music, by the opportunity to offer our prayers and praises through music, and by our enjoyment of the companionship and good humor experienced in rehearsals. Most of us have not had formal vocal training as such, but have learned by singing in choirs. Music reading ability is helpful but not required.

Sanctuary Bell Choir
The Sanctuary Handbell Choir plays our full six octaves of bronze Malmark handbells, often including some of our five octaves of Choirchimes. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00, and generally play monthly during our 10 a.m. worship on Sunday, as well as for special services, concerts, and community events. Traditionally we provide music for our Good Friday evening service.

Cantata Choir
We are happy to have singers join us for regular Sunday morning worship; however, for those who cannot make such a commitment, but still wish to sing, we have another possibility: Starting on September 22, 2011 we designate the first hour of the Thursday Sanctuary Choir rehearsal just for preparation of major choral works and special seasonal music. That rehearsal is followed by rehearsal for Sunday morning music. Thus, along with extra home study with CDs, we are able to do double-duty in preparing music for both Sunday worship and special occasions. In the recent past we have presented Mendelssohn's Elijah, John Rutter's Requiem, Fauré's Requiem, and Vivaldi's Gloria, accompanied by orchestra.

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