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Music at First Parish
Featured Event

An Evening of Jazz!
Saturday, May 30th at 7:00PM

The Storm Trio (Bob Tyler, Fran Tyler, & Dave Matayabas), and Groves3 (Dean, Alice, & Buffie Groves).


Join us in the temperature controlled Common Room where Groves3 will treat us to jazz classics such as their close-harmony arrangements of “Stars Fell On Alabama,” “East Of The Sun” & “Old Cape Cod” as well as modern favorites. Then The Storm Trio will share their heart-warming jazz stylings and the mastery that comes from performing together for over six decades. Refreshments will be available under a tent outside (to help alleviate the crowding we’ve had in past years at this very popular event.) We’ll have refreshment runners for those who may have difficulty navigating the steps. We are so fortunate to have these terrific performers share their music with us. It will be one cool evening—don’t miss it!


Suggested donation: $15 adults, $10 seniors/students, children under 12 free.
Proceeds will benefit the First Parish Benevolent Fund.


A few words about our performers:
Groves3 have immersed themselves in music their whole lives. Alice (mom) is a consummate song stylist and jazz pianist who began her musical career in her teens. Back in the day, she was part of the Storyville scene in Kenmore Square. Dean (her son) has been writing, performing, recording, and arranging music for over 40 years. Buffie (his sis) is a folksinger/songwriter and guitarist, theater actress and director, screenwriter, and teacher. She’s half of Fishken & Groves, a popular fixture of thelocal folk scene.

The Storm Trio, likewise, are total musicians. Bob (piano, vocals), Fran (vocals,drums) and Dave (bass) have been creating music on stage, in recording studios, and on radio & TV for over 60 years all around New England as well as in Florida, New York, and Oregon. They have described their performing style as “It’s jazz. It just happens.” Well, it will be a happening evening for sure!


Welcome to the music program for First Parish in Bedford!


Music is a vital part of the outreach and fellowship of First Parish. Striving for a multi-cultural and richly-textured experience, the music program consists of four choirs of all ages and abilities, various guest instrumentalists, and a music committee which helps with internal administration of the program as well as bringing in outside groups for approximately four concerts a year.

New participants for all choirs are always welcome.  Repertoire for all choral groups includes diverse selections from the traditions of classical, jazz, contemporary and world music. The Music Committee is also looking for volunteers.  If you would like to be a committee member, you do not need to be a musician (although musicians are welcome); the only qualifications you need is the time to attend one short meeting every 6-8 weeks and to have a passion for being supportive of the music program overall.

– Brad Conner, Music Director

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Music Groups


Adult Choir (Bradford Conner, director)

Open to all after talking with the director. Sings in Sunday services about twice a month, usually in the later service. Currently has about 35 active members.

Rehearses Thursdays 7:30 to 9:00 PM.



altSenior Youth Choir Janet Welby, director (

For 6th to 12th graders. This group practices advanced singing skills and advanced repertoire. Often in 3 or more parts, the music comes from the full range of classical traditions and a wide variety of genres. There are opportunities to participate in community events and sing with other church choral groups that includes the adult choir. They sing approximately once a month and may also participate in the spring musical.

Rehearses Thursdays 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Please contact Janet if you want more information.


altJunior Youth Choir Janet Welby, director


For 3d to 6th graders. This group learns basic singing and choral skills, which include singing in two parts.  They rehearse music from variety of styles and genres and sing approximately once a month at the second Sunday service.  There are opportunities to participate in community events, sing with the other church choral groups, and the spring musical.

Rehearses Thursdays 3:15 to 4:15 PM.

Please contact Janet if you want more information.



Janet Welby, director

For K - 3rd graders. Focus on sharing singing, movement games and musicianship. Sings at Sunday services several times a year, sometimes with other choral groups.

Please contact Janet if you want more information.

Meets Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:00 PM.  



Choir Rehearsal & Performance Calendar

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Listen online...


Music Sunday 2010




Music Sunday 2009

Haydn - The Creation 

Representation of Chaos

The Spacious Firmament on High

In the Beginning

The Space Immense of the Azure Sky

The Heavens are Telling


Music Sunday 2008

Down by the Riverside


Music Sunday 2007

Brahms - Zigeunerlieder

Rote Abendwolken ziehn



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