Since our beginnings in 1863, music has been an important part of our worship and has a long and rich history. Our first vested choir began in 1893 as an English-style Men and boys Choir established with a Director brought over from England. Since that time our music has been offered to the glory of god by choirs, soloists, quartets, instrumentlists and a long line of distinguished organists.

 
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Choir performances can be viewed on YouTube at ccfitchburg OR heard on a podcast at ccfitchburg.podbean.com.

music ministry

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parish choir

Our flagship ensemble has an extensive and varied repertoire including four-part music spanning from the Renaissance to today and everything in between. The Choir sings at the 10:17 AM service each week during the program year in addition to special services and concerts. Membership is open to all ages 18+ by audition.

Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM. Please email music@christchurchfitchburg.org for more information.

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Children’s & youth choir

The goal of the choral program for children is to foster a love for singing, teach the importance of faith, and encourage a lasting involvement in the church. Both ensembles meet during the program year on Thursday evenings from 4:00-5:00 PM.

The Children’s Choir is for those in Kindergarten (who can read words) through Grade 5, and is directed by the Rev. Carolyn Jones. Children build new friendships with one another, learn the value of teamwork and leadership, and sing music from across the centuries in a variety of styles and languages. They learn basic music fundamentals, using different techniques that allow everyone to progress at their own pace. They also learn how to follow the service leaflet and find their way around the hymnal.

The Youth Choir, for those in Grade 6+, provides leadership in the Children’s Choir, learns about music history and theory, and sings an anthem once a month (sometimes joining the Parish Choir) in addition to feast days and special services. This new ensemble is directed by Robert Potterton III.

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praise band

An Inter-generational group of Christ Church members come together with instruments and voices to “sing to the Lord a new song”. Their music draws from rich hymnody, contemporary song and the great classics of our heritage.

All ages are invited to join. We are always looking for vocalists and instrumentalists! Rehearsals generally occur on Sundays after the second service at approximately 11:45 AM.

Our Organ

 Christ Church is blessed to have had the sound of the “king of instruments” grace our worship services from the very beginning. Our first known instrument was E.&G.G. Hook Opus 445 (11/25), which was in service from 1868 until 1889 after which it was purchased by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Leominster, MA (where it currently resides). This was succeeded by Geo. S. Hutchings Opus 450 from 1898-1927. In 1922, a nine-rank Echo division was added by Kimball, Smallman & Frazee in the rear ceiling, from which only the facade pipes remain.

In 1928, our current E.M. Skinner Opus 743, which was originally four manuals and 38 ranks, was completed. Substantial revisions were undertaken by M.P. Moller, Inc. in 1961 (R-669), Kinzey-Angerstein in 1976 (R-10), and Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. in 2009, the last of which included a rebuilt console. The organ presently consists of three manuals and 67 ranks (including a six-rank floating antiphonal division at the rear of the nave) totaling over 4000 pipes. It is tuned and maintained by Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. of Northampton, MA.

You can hear the organ featured in some of the videos on our YouTube Channel.

 
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