Music

Music at First Congregational Church of Blue Hill has been a long standing tradition.  When the present church was built in 1843, a pipe organ was installed and the church records recall the boys who pumped the air on Sundays.  There have been a few organs since that time but the present organ, Ryder Organ, Opus 139, was installed in 2005.

Extremely gifted and accomplished music directors, like George Emlin, Mary Cheyney Gould, and current Director Gerald Wheeler, have blessed the Sanctuary with their remarkable music ministry.  With its wonderful acoustics, the Sanctuary is home for the Bagaduce Chorale, Blue Hill Bach, Blue Hill Concert Association, Vanderkay Summer Concert Series and many other community concert performances.

“God never intended this world to be
Without the sound of melody
He made the birds to have a song
Music helps us when things go wrong.

It makes us forget the cares of the day
It can lift our minds with a brighter ray;
So when you play for many or few
Thank God for the talent He’s given to you.”
—Leila M. Blake, 1982, Two Hundred Years Plus Ten

Music Director

Our strength begins with our outstanding Music Director, Gerald Wheeler.  Gerald was born and educated in England and received his musical training at the Royal College of Music, London, where he studied piano, organ, theory, and composition. Gerald brings with him many years of experience as an organist, pianist, and harpsichordist.  He is a master choral music director, and highly honored by many organizations for his outstanding capabilities.  He is also a composer and prepares musical arrangements for presentation.

Gallery Choir

In 2015, we had a total of 22 volunteer choir members.  In addition to the usual Sunday music, the Gallery Choir performs in church fund raisers and for special services.  Regular Choir rehearsal is 9:00am on Sunday mornings and the first Thursday of each month at 5:30pm in Jonathan Fisher Hall. Come sing with us!

Children’s ChoirChildren's Choir

Our Children’s Choir currently performs only seasonally.  They perform for Children’s Sunday, Creation Sunday, on Christmas Sunday and at the Christmas Eve Family Service.

Aspiring Angels and Family Choir

These casual choral groups are made up of singers who perform for special events or special Sunday Services; singing more traditional gospel and older hymns.