I am excited to be starting this year as the Director of Music, and am looking forward to a wonderful season of music ahead of us. The congregation has been very warm and inviting to me as I take on this new role, and I will enjoy working with you all more closely as the months pass. My gratitude is also to Alfa, for the many years she spent at the helm of the music program, and the many lessons she taught me. I have spent the summer organizing the office, filing and organizing lots of music, and planning a season of exciting pieces for all five of our wonderful choirs.
This year we are fortunate to welcome Dylan Sauerwald as the Organist and Assistant Music Director for the Church. Dylan is a very talented organist and continuo player, with a career that has taken him across the US and Canada. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his performances, and has played in some of the world’s finest concert halls. As a keyboard soloist he has been featured by many of Boston’s ensembles, including the Cambridge Concentus, Emmanuel Music, the Buxtehude Consort and Sonnambula. I hope that you will join me in welcoming him to First Church.
I am also looking forward to four exciting performances of The Wizard of Oz this November with the children’s choirs. Join us as we take you on a fantastical journey to Oz, where talking creatures, witches, and magic abound. If you have school-aged children who would like to perform with us, please be sure to sign up as soon as possible using this form. Rehearsals start on Monday, September 14th. More information about performance dates will follow.
For a final exciting announcement, on December 13th the Senior Choir will be presenting C.P.E Bach’s Magnificat, as part of our annual Major Music tradition. This glorious work for orchestra, soloists, and choir, provides the perfect celebration piece to start our holiday season. More details will come forth as the date approaches.
With excitement for the year to come, Ian Garvie