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
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.
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.