Music Ministry

PANDEMIC UPDATE

Due to COVID-19, the choir rehearses via Zoom every other Wednesday, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. CT.  All are welcome!

Music is created for services using an online platform.


We enjoy and create music in many ways. Adults can join the UU Singers and/or the Bell Ave. Ringers. Children can participate in music activities as part of the Children’s Chalice Choir. Our Sunday services also feature local musicians as part of our Special Music program. You might hear a woodwind group, a folk singer, or some swinging jazz. We enjoy bringing the diversity of music in Des Moines to our church.

If you have questions about our choir programs, contact Director of Music Karen Kraemer (she/her/hers) at choir@ucdsm.org with questions.

We’re also proud to host the Progressive Voices Concerts, which bring musicians from around the country to our church to share their unique talents with a Des Moines audience. Since 2010, this music series has promoted compassion for, and celebration of, the universal human condition in all its forms and variations. Contact coordinator Doug Aupperle at concerts@ucdsm.org

 

UU Singers

Our UU Singers welcome all adults and high school students with choral experience. The choir provides Sunday service music two times each month and rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. CT from August to May. In addition, the choir also provides a music-focused Sunday service each year and performs occasionally in special concerts in the community. New singers are always welcome and encouraged to join the choir at any time throughout the year.

Contact director Karen Kraemer at choir@ucdsm.org if it’s time to bring your singing out of the shower!

Bell Ave. Ringers

This musically motivated group of adult handbell ringers join together to create and perform beautiful music one Sunday each month. They rehearse weekly on Wednesday evenings from 5:45-6:45 p.m. CT from August to May. Though not required, some previous musical experience is encouraged.

Find out more about joining this enthusiastic group by contacting director Karen Kraemer at choir@ucdsm.org.

Children’s Chalice Choir

Our UU children and youth rehearse on Wednesday nights starting at 6:00 p.m. CT from August to May. Rehearsals are filled with age-appropriate musical games, singing, and rhythm instruments sure to engage all young musicians ages 6-12! The Chalice Choir sings in Sunday services quarterly and on special holidays. The Chalice Choir program is directed by musically-talented volunteers as part of the larger Faith Formation program.

Contact Director of Faith Formation Devon McClurken (she/her/hers) at dff@ucdsm.org   about how your child(ren) can join the musical fun!

Special Music

One Sunday each month, special music is provided by musicians from within our congregation or invited guest musicians. If you are a musically trained instrumentalist or vocalist interested in sharing your talents by performing in a Sunday service, please contact our Special Music Coordinator, Barb Martin, at specialmusic@ucdsm.org.

Progressive Voices Concerts

For tickets and concert information, check out our Progressive Voices Concerts page.