A new program for children in grades 3-8 of free, world-class music education

What does the Chorister program involve?
This new program will have rehearsals each Thursday afternoon from 4:30-6 p.m. Youth drop off will be from 3:30-4:30 p.m., and pick up is from 6-6:30 p.m. There will be small group theory training before or after rehearsal. Choristers will sing two Sundays per month (generally the 1st and 3rd Sundays) for worship at First Church alongside the semi-professional First Church Adult Choir. They will also sing for occasional special services and concerts, such as Christmas Lessons & Carols. 

What will Choristers learn?
Choristers will learn musical skills in voice and theory. They will also learn teamwork, leadership, and collaboration gaining confidence, personal skills, and friendship, along with a lifetime appreciation of music.

Who is eligible?
Children with unchanged voices in grades 3-8 are invited to participate from families of any or no faith background. There will not be any financial commitment, this is a free program!
No previous musical experience required, only an eagerness to learn and willingness to commit!

Who’s in charge?
This is a program of First Congregational Church, a presence in Columbus since 1852. The Director of the program is Joshua Stafford, an internationally-known organist and choral conductor, who has built similar programs in New Jersey and Florida. We will also have volunteers, including well-known conductors and musicians from the Columbus community to assist with small group instruction.

This is an inclusive, open, and affirming learning environment. To sign up please email

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