First Parish Music Director Rip JacksonWelcome to First Parish’s Music Program page! Our congregation shares a vision for worship in which people of many different backgrounds and beliefs come together in wonder, celebration, praise, meditation, sorrow, and reverence. We draw from a wide variety of musical styles and cultures to help create the sacred space in which inclusive communal worship can take place.

Our volunteer Sanctuary Choir is augmented by four professional section leaders. Our Music Director, Rip Jackson, conducts the choir and works closely with the Minister to create meaningful liturgies. He is also a talented, creative organist and pianist who is proficient in many styles of music.

We have a vibrant children’s choir and we often create opportunities for instrumentalists in the congregation to share their talent with us during worship. In addition, the Music Program at First Parish is involved in the life of the community at large, and sponsors a concert series. This Fall we presented a joyful Folk Concert to a packed audience. On May 15th we will present a choral and instrumental concert of music from the African Diaspora. The concert will feature gospel music, spirituals, South African freedom songs, instrumental jazz music, African drumming and other music from Africa.

Fall 2018 Information

In September, the sanctuary and children’s choirs will resume rehearsing and performing at First Parish in Lexington under the direction of Music Director Rip Jackson.  Our sanctuary choir (ages 14-adult) rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 PM and sings at the Sunday 10:30 AM worship services with a 9:30 AM warm-up. The first rehearsal of the new church year is on Wednesday, September 5. Beginning on Sunday, September 17, the children’s choir (ages 5-12) will meet on Sunday mornings from 11:45 to 12:45. They will sing in the morning church services every 6 weeks or so. Both choirs sing in the Fall Concert (Gala Concert of Gospel and Broadway w/ Pit Band) and the spring concert (Vivaldi “Gloria” w/ Period Orchestra). If you would like to “try us out,” feel free to contact Mr. Jackson at (or visit if you have any questions about our program. Our choir rehearsals will be fun and full of music from many genres including, folk, pop, classical, jazz, world and traditional. All are welcome!

More information on the Music Program at First Parish can be found by following links on the sidebar.

Sanctuary choir practice begins: 9/5/18
Sanctuary choir retreat: 9/8/18
Children’s choir practice begins: 9/17/18
Fall Concert – Gospel & Broadway: 11/4/18