Our Music Programs
The church is very proud of our variety of Music Programs and the talent of all of our musicians. We believe that our music ministry is not only an important part of our overall ministry but one of our strongest assets.
Sunday, November 18- Thanksgiving Sunday- No Rehearsal
Sunday, December 2- First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 16- Choir Cantata
Christmas Caroling TBD
Monday, December 24- Lessons and Carols- Christmas
Eve 7:00 PM
No Rehearsal 12/27
No Choir Sunday 12/30
Lexington Choral Festival Sunday 2/10/13- 3:30 PM
Sunday, March 10- Lenten Cantata during Worship
Sunday March 24- Palm Sunday
Thursday, March 28- Maundy Thursday Service, 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 31 – EASTER
Saturday, June 8, 7:00 PM- Strawberry Festival
Sunday, June 9- Children’s Sunday- No Choir
Sunday, June 16- Last Choir Sunday
Our Mission Statement
Music has long been recognized as a major source of inspiration and a major motivation for introspection as one confronts one’s religious faith. First Baptist has a long history of strong support for music and an outstanding music program including an excellent Rogers Electronic/Pipe Organ hybrid and one of the areas outstanding choirs. Music has the ability to move our mind and soul beyond its earthly roots, to help us soar in exaltation and praise of our God, and to move us in humility and supplication. Our responses to music are very personal and each of us responds in our own way. To that end music at First Baptist has three primary goals:
1. To enrich and enhance the worship experience through an eclectic but more traditional musical repertoire the meets the aptitudes and tastes of a varied congregation.
2. To provide an opportunity to those for whom musical expression is not only the foundation for their own personal expression of faith but also a valued and treasured gift which they desire to offer both to their God and their church.
3. To provide a musical outreach and mission to the greater Lexington Community through the presentation of special musical programs and participation in community events.
This adult choir performs at all religious services. The ensemble consists of singers of greatly varied abilities including a core quartet and some talented soloists as well as members who simply seek the opportunity to make a personal musical expression and gift of their talent to their church.
Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM.
Dr. Robert P. Eaton - Minister of Music
Dr. Robert P. Eaton is founder and director of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, a 75
voice regional chorus dedicated to the performance of major choral masterworks,
and also the eighteen voice Assabet Valley Chambersingers. Dr. Eaton has a long career in church music
and currently serves as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Lexington,
was Choral Director at Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA for
many years. His choruses won numerous
awards at festivals and competitions, including gold medals for Jazz Choir,
Camerata Choir, Chamber Choir, and Concert Choir. Dr. Eaton’s students have been selected for
National and Regional Honors Choirs and were always well represented in District
and All State Choruses. In 1994 he was
awarded the Teacher of the Year Award at Algonquin for his work in developing
Humanities courses and a Senior Interdisciplinary Pilot Project.
Having completed two years as President Dr. Eaton
is currently Vice-President for Eastern Division American Choral Directors
Association. He is Past President of
Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association and has served as Vice
President and Treasurer of the chapter. He also served as Local Arrangements
Chair for the Eastern Division Conference in Boston in 2004 and served as
Honors Choir Coordinator for the Eastern Division ACDA conferences in 2006 and
addition Dr. Eaton has been an organist/choir director for most of his career,
active in the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of
Organists, Music Educators National Conference, and Central District
Massachusetts Music Educators Association. He has served as adjudicator and manager
of All-State and District Choruses and clinician/adjudicator for Festivals of
Music. He received a Master of Music Education degree from Hartt School of
Music with Dr. Gerald Mack and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral
Conducting with Dr. James Jordan, also from Hartt. His DMA Dissertation was on
Duruflé’s Requiem. Dr. Eaton has also studied conducting with
Allen Lannom, Joseph Flummerfelt, and Sir David Willcocks.
Sarah Mayo, Soprano. Sarah
Mayo began singing with her own First Baptist Church of Charlottesville,
Virginia at the age of 6 as part of the "Music Makers" Children's
Choir. She still joins the adult choir every year for their Christmas Eve
service. She now holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from George
Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University
of Mary Washington. Sarah appears regularly with various groups in the Boston
area, including Boston Metro Opera, A Joyful Noyse, and most recently the
Tanglewood Festival Chorus. As her "day job," Sarah is the
Assistant Store Manager for Patagonia Boston on Newbury Street.
Jennifer Webb, Alto grew up in a musical family listening to Gilbert and Sullivan records. She appears as a soloist around the Boston area and performs regularly with Cantata Singers, Cappella Clausura, and the Oriana Consort. She has also recorded two albums with the Christmas Revels chorus. Jennifer studied literature at Oberlin College, received her Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, and currently works as a librarian at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington.
Kilian Mooney, Tenor began his career as a singer at the congregation of his home parish in
Kingston, RI. In school he cultivated his love for music, learning the trumpet,
piano, and of course voice.
has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Rhode Island,
where he served as the president of the National Association for Music
Educators (NAfME). Throughout his college years, he performed as a tenor
soloist and choir member in both the school's acclaimed choral ensembles and the
opera program. He has also sung roles for Opera Providence.
Kilian studies vocal performance in the Master's Program at the Longy School of
Music in Cambridge. Still very loyal to his Rhode Island roots, he continues to
sing with the Providence-based choral group, The Ecclesia Consort. The ensemble
is known for its stunning performances of early sacred music.
Baritone Patrick Nay is a 2003
graduate of Anna Maria College with a Bachelor of Music in voice. He is
currently working in Franklin, MA as an Inventory Analyst. Patrick grew up in the Worcester, MA area
where he was a member of the First Congregational Church in Holden's church
choir as well, and has sung in a variety of choirs and festivals throughout
high school and college. Patrick's solo experience includes leading roles in
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music, MAME, HMS
Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and other musicals as well as solo
experience in classical works such as Handel's Messiah, Brahm's Requiem, and
Mozart's The Magic Flute, as well as participating in various recitals and
concerts since age 14.