MusicProgram

Music Staff

The First Unitarian Church music staff is first rate. Signe Lusk our pianist and Joe O’Donnell our organist both play at worship services and often more than one choir will participate in worship. This gives our worship richness of style, and variety of culture and musical color. Our children and youth music directors are the best in their fields and understand the role of music and choir community for kids.


Music Staff Bios

 

John Boelling - CopyJohn Boelling, Assistant Director of Music   
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John has been involved in music-making at First Unitarian since 1998. He directs the UU Women’s Choir, is the Assistant Director of the Chalice Choir, and leads music for summer services.  He holds a Bachelor of Music from Portland State University and a Masters in Vocal Performance from Florida State University. John has been an active performer and voice teacher in the Portland area since 2004, including engagements with the Portland Opera Chorus, Oregon Symphony, and Opera Theater Oregon.  

 

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Ellie Hodder has served as Director of Handbells at First Unitarian Church since 2002.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Crane School of Music, Potsdam, New York, and Masters of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University.  She has served as a clinician at regional handbell events, founded the Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors' forum, initiated the Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival and Pacific NW Handbell Directors' Forum. She also serves as Regional Membership Coordinator for the Western region of Handbell Musicians of America. Contact Ellie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Dustin HunleyDustin Hunley, Director of Children's Choirs, is a pianist,vocalist, music director, educator, composer and arranger with 20 years as a professional musician with a variety of jazz and commercial groups. He is an active member of the Unitarian Choir. Dustin is director of the acclaimed student ukulele ensemble “Fox Pack Swingin’ Ukes.” Contact Dustin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Signe_Lusk_-_CopySigne Lusk, Pianist, has been staff accompanist and director of the Nova youth choir since 1995. 
She studied accompanying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in Stuttgart,Germany and Graz, Austria.  At national festivals and conferences she has accompanied the finest US and British choral directors and is one of the most sought-after accompanists in the Pacific Northwest.




Joe_ODonnell_-_CopyJoe O'Donnell, Organist has served at the church for thirteen years. He holds degrees of Bachelor of Music in Organ and Master of Liturgical Music from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. While there he served on the music staff at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and as Organist and Choir Director of  St. Joseph's on Capitol Hill.  For the past ten years he's worked at Bond Organ Builders, Inc. in Portland as a service technician and design engineer.

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