of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church
Music at First Parish

Our Musical Director/Organist

2016 is Beth's 10th year with First Parish!
Beth Dubuisson was born in Rochester, New York in 1958. She completed the music preparatory program at the Eastman School of Music, and received a bachelor's degree in music education from Indiana University with high distinction. She taught music briefly in the Gloucester public school system and was organist for the Christian Science Church in Gloucester. Beth taught piano privately at the Mary Johnson Piano Studio in Newburyport, and later became music director and organist at the People's United Methodist Church in Newburyport. She married David Dubuisson in 1986 and began her own piano studio in Wayland. Since 1989, she has been a judge for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She has been active in various local, state and national music teachers' associations. Beth currently teaches piano at her home in Duxbury. She became music director of First Parish Church of Scituate in the Fall of 2006. She has two teenage daughters, Jillian and Sophie, and a step-daughter, Eva. She enjoys book club, tennis, and walking her cockapoo dogs.

Our Musical Instruments

Our historic pipe organ was a gift of Cornelia and George Allen in 1907, in memory of George's wife, Deborah. Built for First Parish by the eminent Boston firm of Hook & Hastings, it is the company's Opus 2163. Originally pumped by hand bellows, it was electrified in 1928. The original mechanical keyboard action of this wonderful instrument is still intact, and it has six ranks of pipes distributed over two manuals and a pedal. It is the oldest surviving pipe organ in Scituate. To quote Gerald Peters, our late Music Director, "To hear this beautiful instrument in the room for which it was built is to fall in love with it!"

The bass viol, located in a case in the rear of the sanctuary, was the first instrument used in the church. It was made in 1823 by Asa and Shadrach Merritt, who lived in Scituate. A companion instrument was made for the Trinitarian Church, after it separated from First Parish in 1825. The latter is presently in the possession of the Scituate Historical Society.

Our grand piano was a gift from our former Music Director, Beth Hilliard. The piano was made by Mason & Hamlin, a well-known Massachusetts manufacturer of fine pianos.

Most recently our sanctuary has welcomed a French Double Harpsichord, manufactured by Eric Herz Harpsichords of Cambridge, Massachusetts. This lovely instrument is on loan to us from our current Music Director, Beth Dubuisson and her husband. Made with the finest woods and craftsmanship, it is beautiful to both eye and ear.

Choir

Music is an integral part of First Parish, during services and the rest of parish life. We have an active choir that lifts our spirits with song! The only requirement for joining choir is a love of singing, whether you read music or not. Our repertoire includes classical pieces, folk tunes, pop songs, and spirituals, as well as music from other cultures, occasionally in the native language. Please join us! There are no auditions, and singers in Grade 7 or older are welcome.

Our K-6 children's choir performs periodically, under the direction of Mark Matthews.

"Notable" Events...

This year's major restoration of our historic 1906 Hook & Hastings organ is complete, its keys smoother, its timbre more authentic. Many thanks to Andover Organ, who will continue their work on more minor issues as fundraising continues.

We are very grateful for all the donations that have come in, in no small part by our concert series program. The program, "The Elizabeth Smith Memorial Fund" showcased a rich and varied group of talented performers that have graciously assisted our cause: Jazz pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen; singer-songwriter Dawna Hammers; classical pianist Dr. Kenneth Wolf; featured works by Duxbury composer Larence Smith;  violinist Donna Culley; soprano Carol Cybulska; cellist Caroline Hine; harpsichordist David Dubuisson, floutist Beverly Reilly. The final celebratory concert in November had organists Berni Nadeau, Mark Slawson, and our own Beth Dubuisson pulling out all the stops!

Donations continue to be accepted for future repairs:

Donate to the Organ Restoration Fund:

Organ Fund donation form.pdf
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