Music at The First Religious Society


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The Adult Choir

The Adult Choir is for people of high school age and up. We sing music spanning several centuries, and ranging in styles from the classical works of Mozart, Bach and Handel to contemporary works and spirituals. The Choir presents special music during the Christmas and Easter seasons. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 and on Sunday mornings at 9:15 for that day's service. The Choir sings almost every Sunday, but there is flexibility and understanding about those who have to be away at times because of other commitments

The Handbell Ensemble

The Handbell Ensemble is intergenerational and meets to rehearse for special occasions such as The Winter Holidays concert, Christmas Eve services, and the Easter season. Some music reading is helpful and good rhythm is a requirement for this group. Rehearsals TBA.



The FRS Jazz Group

The FRS Jazz Group plays at several services and special events throughout the year.

Music Director and Organist Daniel Ryan

 Dan has served as a professional church musician for over thirty years,  having held the positions of organist and choir director at many  churches in Massachusetts including First Parish, Malden, St. James  Church, Arlington, and Church of the Holy Spirit, Wayland. He has  served as an assisting organist at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul,  Boston. Dan received his musical education at Boston University as a  cello major and also studied organ. He is the recipient of the Colleague  and Associate certificates from the American Guild of Organists. He is co-  Artistic Director of the period instrument chamber ensemble Musicians  of the Old Post Road, winner of the Noah Greenburg Award from the  American Musicological Society, and has recorded for Meridian, Koch, Centaur, and WGBH. He is a member of the Wellesley College music faculty as Instructor of Historical Keyboards.

Special Music

Sarah and Margaret Darling and Dan Ryan provided music at a November 2014 service.

The First Religious Society sponsors many concerts -- classical, folk, and jazz -- and encourages recitals and performances. We provide one of the venues for the concert series of the Cambridge Society for Early Music. An annual FRS concert benefits the SPARK (Supporting parents and Resilient Kids) program at the Boston Medical Center. SPARK helps highest-at-risk families through specialized therapeutic and medical programs.

The church also sponsors Music at the First, with Artistic Director Sarah Darling, a program that presents several chamber music concerts throughout the year featuring many young artists from the United States, Canada, and Europe.
We also welcome the many music teachers from the Carlisle area who use our facilities for student recitals and concerts. In addition to these groups, this church is also fortunate to count among its members and friends several professional musicians who perform at services throughout the year.

The church has a Watersmith two-manual tracker pipe organ of eighteen ranks, a Falcone grand piano and a double-manual Frank Hubbard harpsichord.

If you would like to learn more about the music program, please contact Dan Ryan, Music Director, at



From "Music at the First" concert series