The First Congregational Church of Darien

United Church of Christ

A community of faith since 1737



Music at First NEWS:

Next Show Up and Sing Sunday: Dec 3, 9:00 am
For all those who like to sing but need a guiding hand, please meet in the chapel at 9:00 am (come in through the Nursery School entrance), and you will learn a simple anthem and then sing
it with gusto at the 10 am service. With Dan Hague’s good instruction and the choir supporting you, you will lift your voice and spirit!

Christmas Candlelight Concert: Saturday, Dec 16, 7:00 pm

Bring the spirit of Christmas into your heart at the annual Candlelight Concert. The evening will feature performances by The Darien High School Tudor Singers under the direction of Chris Andrade, the church’s Senior Choir soloists, world-class pianist Max Pakhomov and a carol sing-along by the audience. Refreshments will follow the program.

Christmas Eve Services: Sunday, Dec 24

Family Services: 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Service of Lessons and Carols: 10:00 pm, with a Prelude Concert starting at 9:30 pm. If you would like to sing with the choir at this service, please contact Dan Hague ( and come to a couple of rehearsals on Thursday nights at 8 pm before the service.
For more information on the music program, contact Mariann Bigelow ( or John Stuart (

Music Director: Dan Hague
Organist: Maxim Pakhomov

Co-Chairs of Music Committee: Mariann Bigelow and John Stuart

There are many videos of our music here.

A recent sample:

St. Matthew Passion (final chorus) by J.S. Bach from First Congregational Darien on Vimeo.

Music has long had a special place in our worship at First Congregational Church. As a congregation, we believe that its beauty reflects on the glory of God and that by lifting our voices to Him in song and instrument, we praise Him in a meaningful and powerful way. Over the past several years, under the leadership of our Music Director Dan Hague, our commitment to the church’s musical tradition has deepened further. During this time, we have broadened our use of music with several community-oriented concerts.

Church Choirs

We have a senior and junior choir. Senior choir rehearses on Thursday evenings. Highlights

Hand Bell Choir

This group performs postludes twice a year.



Throughout the year our music program offers a number of special concerts, including a popular Christmas concert.  Highlights

To learn more about our church organ, see here…