Nothing moves the heart and spirit like music. At First Unitarian Church, we are blessed by music, lifting us up individually while joining us in community. Whether congregational singing of familiar hymns, or choral and special music, selections are made to enhance the theme of the service. Special music of instrumental and vocal performances is offered by church volunteers and guest professional musicians.
The UU Choir performs once or twice each month. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings (August – May) at the church from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome to join these musical experiences. Contact Director of Choirs, Karen Kraemer, for details at kraemerkb(at)gmail(dot)com.
Bell Avenue Ringers
This musically motivated group of adult handbell ringers join in making beautiful music. Bell Avenue Ringers rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. (August – May). Find out more by contacting Karen Kraemer, Director, at kraemerkb(at)gmail(dot)com.
Temporarily Suspended – A youth hand chime choir for kids in 3rd – 12th grade. Weekly practices are held from 5 – 5:30 pm on Wednesdays (September – May). Regular attendance is expected once a commitment has been made to ring. No previous musical experience is required. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the first introductory rehearsal with their child(ren) to explore their interest level in ringing. Find out more by contacting Karen Kraemer, Director, at kraemerkb(at)gmail(dot)com.
All children in 2nd – 5th grades are invited to sing in the Chalice Choir. Chalice Choir rehearses Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. (September – May in Room 105).
All children ages 4 – 1st grade are invited to sing with The Sparks. The Sparks rehearse on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. (September – May in Room 105).
The Vocal Ensemble consists of 7-10 singers invited from the choir and the general congregation to perform occasionally throughout the year. Drawing on a variety of musical types and sources, including original arrangements, the Ensemble rehearses mostly on Thursdays preceding performance dates. Directed by Bruce Martin.
Bruce Martin, Pianist
The musical talents of First Unitarian member Bruce Martin are demonstrated whenever he is at the keyboard of the auditorium’s grand piano. His musical versatility surprises and delights all, whether he is accompanying congregational singing, joining in concert with frequent guest musical performers on stage, or in his virtuoso solo performances.