Mark Slegers, Minister of Music
Adult Vocal Choir Program
All adult choirs at First Unitarian Church have in common singers who want to accomplish and learn all they can in order to share their gifts in worship. There are fine singers in all choirs and all choirs are dedicated to presenting music excellently. The Chalice Choir and UU Women's Choir are open to all singers without an audition. Individuals who would like to be in the Unitarian and Chamber Choirs need to have a placement session singing for Mark.
6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Chalice Choir
7:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.: Chamber Choir
Wednesday: 6 - 7:30 p.m.: UU Women's Choir
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Unitarian Choir
Adult Handbell Choirs
Parker Bells rehearse Monday evenings, 6:30-8 pm. Parkers are our senior adult handbell ensemble comprised of experienced musicians and ringers. Parkers ring for several services and special events throughout the church year. Membership is open by audition.
Adult Handbell Rehearsal Schedules:
Parker Bells, Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m.
Chalice Bells, Tuesdays, 6-7:15 p.m.
Other Music Program Information
Sunday Worship Services – 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary and also at
11:15 in the Elliot Chapel. Rehearsal begins in the Sanctuary promptly at 8:25 unless otherwise announced. Choirs sing for both services, but usually exit before second sermon (11:45 a.m.).
A choir coming to sing just the 11:15 in Elliot Chapel will meet there to rehearse at 10:25 unless otherwise announced.
Music and Worship Services
Unitarian and Chamber Choirs: Offered four times each year in November, December, February, May
Saturday rehearsal preceding Music and Worship Service is typically from 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Chalice Choir: 2 Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12 noon, fall and winter
UU Women's Choir: 2 Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12 noon, fall and winter
Chamber Choir : Friday night/Saturday in the fall at Menucha
Unitarian Choir : Saturday/Sunday, first week-end of November at Menucha
Parker Bells: 2 Saturdays, Fall and Winter
Chalice Bells: 2 Saturdays, Fall and Winter
Special Music Events
Performances and rehearsals in addition to Worship Services
Volunteer support for fundraising, concert/recital receptions, event support, event planning, possible tour
Choir Participation Fee
This year we move from choir fees to being a pledging community. Currently we ask a pledge of at least $600 per household to be made on Celebration Sunday in November and fulfilled throughout the coming year. Those who pledge under this amount are asked to contribute $450 for the choir season to support the cost of the music program. This would cover all family members participating in the music and RE programs, children and adults alike. First time participants are welcomed but not required to pay in their first year. No one will be kept from participating, and if the new pledge threshold is difficult for you to attain, please contact the Minister of Music for a waiver.
Monday is Family Music Night
Monday Night Music is for the whole family. We have choirs for all ages that occur about the same time. It’s our hope that parents will sing in Chalice Choir while children attend their age-appropriate group. A 5:30 p.m. soup, salad and bread supper provides nourishment and fellowship, and allows an early rehearsal start time (and bedtime) for most participants.
Growth in musical skills, finding community in UU values and having fun with music are equally stressed in our children and youth choirs. More intimate than school music, our program gives children many more one-on-one experiences with our fine, loving staff and greater opportunity for kids to “shine.” We want to give children the opportunity to explore spirituality and grow musically and personally through music making and the fellowship of choral participation, regardless of musical background or perceived "talent."
Monday Night Soup ‘n’ Salad Supper
We know how important it is for busy families to have the opportunity to sit down together to share a meal even when dashing off to rehearsals. Come, sit together with us and enjoy home cooked soups.
- Time: 5:00-6:15 pm
- Cost: $5 adults, $4 children
- Semester Coupon: $40/youth, $50/adult. A GREAT DEAL!
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