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Come, join us!

A wonderful group of people sings in our Sanctuary Choir. We are always looking for new members to join us in our music ministry to the church. I have heard many great singers in the congregation on Sunday mornings and I welcome you to join us at any time. We are not a professional choir. I select music that will enhance the worship service and challenge us to be led by the Holy Spirit. We welcome all ability levels and encourage anyone interested to join in our music ministry.

Our first rehearsal is Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 PM in Kellogg Hall, our new rehearsal space, downstairs in the old day care wing. We will continue to meet at 9 AM on Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary.

As I write this, we are in the process of moving all of the music and choir supplies to my new office in Fellowship Hall (Debi Hockenberry’s former office).

Let us rejoice with music!

In Christ,
Leanne Connolly, Commissioned Minister of Music


Junior Choir begins rehearsals on Sunday, September 11 at 11:30 AM in Kellogg Hall. All children in grades K-6 are invited to come and sing. Contact Althea Madigan, 860-870-5185 if you have any questions.



Music has always been an inspirational aspect of our worship services with Organist James Burr, the Sanctuary Choir, Carillon Singers, and Joyful Noise Bell Choir participating.

Sanctuary ChoirThe Sanctuary Choir presents a variety of sacred music at each worship service. Special music is provided at both Christmas and Easter.


Carillon SingersThe Carillon Singers, a choir consisting of children in the 6th through 12th grades inspires us monthly with youthful voices praising our Lord.

On special occasions, the Joyful Noise Bell Choir brightens the worship service Bell Ckhoir with a three octave bell collection. This group is led by our organist James Burr, who provides additional music throughout the year.

A children's bell choir the Little Bells (pre-K through 6th grade) and a Contemporary ChoirContemporary Choir directed by Leanne Connolly participate in selected services coordinated with the pastoral and music staff.

Carillon SingersMusic is a big part of our Sunday School program and there are several opportunities where music is introduced into our Sunday School and Worship Service.  The first Sunday of every month, the children will be singing with Steve Westerberg as he accompanies them on guitar.  Handbells will be taught the first Sunday of the month by Jena Maki, assisted by Lydia Pettigrew. Our younger children (Cherubs - 3 yrs- K) will have an opportunity to learn special songs in their Sunday School class, taught be Gaile Dembeck.  They will sing upstairs several times throughout the year. Children in Grades 1-5 can join the Transformers.  They practice after church and sing throughout the year. Leanne Connelly is the Choir Director for this group.  Youth in Grades 6-8 may join the Carillon Singers .

All of these groups are open to those who are interested in praising the Lord with music. We welcome them.

A music scholarship is avialable annually in memory of one of our previous choir directors, Leslie Childs, one of the founders of the acclaimed Concora choral group.

For more information about music at FCCV check out Events, Videos or the Archive


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Like to Sing? Know Someone Who Does? If you have an interest in exploring the Sanctuary Choir, you are welcome and encouraged to do so.   We rehearse one day during the week and we also meet Sunday mornings at 9 AM to rehearse before the service.  There is much to prepare for and we need all the help we can get!   Although the Sanctuary Choir rehearses weekly, we know that many people can’t commit to that much time. If you can’t, don’t let it stand in the way of singing with us. Many of our members are unable to be with us on a weekly basis - it is a sign of the times.  We would be happy with whatever time commitment you are able to make.  You are also more than welcome to sing for certain events that appeal to you.  Perhaps you can sing for the Christmas Concert or the season.  Maybe you are only able to participate in the 250th Anniversary day.  Whatever you can give will be a gift to the choir and more importantly, to our God.  To serve God through the ministry of music is a privilege beyond price.  There is a lot of hard work involved (making music can be work) but I believe most of the choir would say the fun far outweighs the effort involved!  Truly, the laughter rings in the choir room as often as the singing.  I hope many of you will be intrigued enough to give us a try. For more information, contact the Church Office, (860) 875-7580.

DVD’s of the Maundy Thursday service, recorded by Tim Madigan, are available for $5 each. If interested, please contact the Church Office.

CDs of FCCV Choir Music Available

* Choir Music of the 1960s and 1970s - Side A

* Choir Music of the 1960s and 1970s - Side B

* Choir Music with Gary Graden Directing

* First Congregational Church Choral Music:
A compilation of music with various directors including a joint concert with Union Baptist Church in Hartford.

* Morning Has Broken
Copied from a record with Les Childs directing

* The Magic of Christmas with Mary Jo directing

* Palm Sunday Concert - 1989 and Music from Festival of Lessons & Carols - 1990

* Christmas Day - Silent Night
Copied from a record with Les Childs directing

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