Music and Choir
As visitors soon discover, music is integral to our worship services at Theodore Parker Church, in terms of both participation and appreciation. Every service features music, usually including a prelude, postlude, music for the offertory, and two or more hymns. The Theodore Parker Singers sing introits to open each service and longer pieces about twice a month in a variety of styles, including jazz, gospel, classical, and folk. We also hire professional musicians to perform for several services a year.
We are fortunate to have on staff two excellent professional musicians: Yukiko Takagi, our longtime pianist, and Michael Johnson, our music director. Yukiko, a featured performer with the Callithumpian Consort, performs during services several times a month. Michael, an associate professor at Berklee College of Music, not only directs the choir but frequently writes or arranges its music.
The choir welcomes new singers at any time. Rehearsals are held nearly every Sunday at 9:05 a.m. in the sanctuary. Laura Dowd provides piano accompaniment.
Many members of our congregation play musical instruments, and some form a “house band” of winds and strings that performs instrumental works several times a year. Come play with us!