The First Parish in Cambridge music program strives to enrich the spirituality and deepen the Unitarian-Universalist values of musicians, congregants, and the wider community. Our goal is to perform music that connects with listeners’ hearts and minds in order to foster and cultivate the spirituality of all. Our vision is for everyone to find life-changing inspiration by singing, playing, or simply experiencing our music. We offer opportunities for all to participate in the musical life of the church.

Congregational Singing

Singing together as a congregation is a joyful experience. Every Sunday service includes several opportunities to join together in song. While most songs are taken from our several hymnals, we are blessed with a minister with a background as a folk singer. In the tradition of “lining out”, Fred often leads us in learning and singing new or familiar songs. What a thrill to learn a new song and then to hear the sounds of improvisational harmony filling the room as we sing the melody!

Our goal is that everyone in the congregation should feel comfortable participating in the musical experience of the service. Outside of service, we host an annual hymn sing, which is a great opportunity to learn new hymns, to practice old ones, and to sing together in a fun, informal setting.

The Choir

The First Parish Choir is a vibrant and growing chorus that provides choral music for all services at First Parish, except during the summer. Anyone with a love of choral singing is invited to participate; experience is recommended, but enthusiasm is required!  We rehearse every Sunday morning at 9:00 AM (except during the summer). Regular attendance on Sunday mornings is encouraged, both for musical continuity and a sense of community. To assist the Music Director in planning, we ask that choir members let him know in advance if they plan to be absent. To join our choir, contact our Music Director, Jonathan Barnhart. You may email him at or introduce yourself on Sunday morning.

Our Invitation to You

Please come join us in musical celebration or contemplation at a service. Share your gifts as a singer, an instrumentalist, or an appreciative listener. We welcome you in joy and love.

Contact the Music Committee chair with ideas or questions at