September - June
Service & Church School
Sunday, 10:00 AM

Coffee Hour and Fellowship
Sunday, 11:15 AM

July & August Summer Hours
Service in Sanctuary
Sunday, 9:30 AM

Coffee Hour and Fellowship
Sunday, 10:30 AM

2301 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615

There is no doubt about it – we are blessed with one unbelievable music program, directed by Dr. Joe Utterback. At First Congregational Church of Stratford, we consider music to be an integral part of worship and outreach to the greater community. Although our music program centers around our outstanding Austin organ and Yamaha grand piano, you’ll frequently find our sanctuary graced with a variety of musical tones, from guitars to flutes to violins.

There are opportunities for children and adults alike in our music programs. We nurture both a Sunday School and adult choir for those who like to sing; a bell choir; and individual participation for those who really want to shine. In addition, our Rose Window Concert series features internationally renowned performers and local artists.

Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord .... All Ye Lands.

Sunday School Choir
As part of our Sunday School worship experience, our children make a joyful noise each week rehearsing in the music room or performing in our sanctuary.



Chcnel Choir

We enjoy the talents of our Chancel Choir or individual soloists each Sunday, as well as during our special Advent music program and our Palm Sunday Concert. Dr. Joe welcomes all who have an interest in music to join the Chacel Choir rehearsals on Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

Meetinghouse Ringers
If singing isn’t your strongpoint, perhaps you’d like to ring our bells. We have two sets of choir chimes that are frequently accompanied by Dr. Joe on the Zimbelstern (a set of mechanically operated rotating bells mounted in the organ loft among the organ pipes). Meetinghouse Ringers rehearse Sundays at 11:45 AM.

Palm Sunday Oratorio Choir
30-40 singers rehearse for 12 weeks prior to this Palm Sunday event. This special group includes members of the Chancel Choir and interested vocalists from churches in the surrounding communities from Fairfield to New Haven. Dr. Joe has composed special music for this concert every year since he began as Music Director in 1996.

Talented Individuals
Dr. Joe encourages and nurtures children and adults alike to share their gifts with the congregation.

The Rose Window Concert Series

Throughout the year, our Director of Music, Dr. Joe Utterback, presents a series of concerts featuring nationally and internationally renown performers, local artists and our choir.

Past concerts have included such acclaimed performers as the Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio; David Allen Wehr; Cynthia Raim; and Dr. Andrew Shenton. For the past several years, our beloved tenor Michael Jovovich has drawn a huge crowd with his popular "Michael and Friends" concert.

The Rose Window Concert Series also includes our Fat Sunday New Orleans Jazz service and our annual Palm Sunday Concert.

Upcoming Concert

Stay tuned for our annual Oktoberfest concert