Music Program Overview

Let’s make and listen to great music in the spirit of Joy! The music program brings high quality celebratory music to the congregation, friends, and community of First Unitarian Church with a variety of participatory methods.

View photos from a Music Sunday: The Theology of the Lion King



Music Department Staff
Scott Ward, Honorary Minister of Music

Concert Choir
Thursday evenings, Sept.-May, 7:00-8:30 p.m.; Performs for services 2-3 times a month and for special events. All singers from high school age and up are welcome to join the Choir. Music reading is not a prerequisite. No audition needed. A brief “listening” with Scott Ward for section placement and skill level evaluation is required. The Concert Choir sings a diverse repertoire of music from around the world. A high level of performance is sought in a relaxed, enjoyable environment.



Chamber Choir
Thursday evenings, Sept.-May, 8:30-9:15 p.m.; Performs an average of once a month with outside engagements planned. The chamber choir is limited to approximately 12 people. The group sings mostly a cappella music of various styles. Interested singers should talk to Scott Ward. Singers for the group are chosen for blending, sight reading, and musicality skills.




Festival Choir
(Seasonally, eight Thursday evenings before a Big Music Sunday.) The Festival Choir sings for the two Big Music Sundays of the year. This choir is ideal for singers who cannot commit to a regular rehearsal schedule. Talk with Scott Ward for more information.


First U Women’s Ensemble

This group performs periodically throughout the church year. Membership is for any woman singer who has a “listening” with Scott Ward and has an interest in repertoire for women’s voices. The First U Women’s Ensemble sings mostly a cappella music.

Rehearses weekly on Thursday evenings: 7:30 pm in the Youth Center. A group of music lovers with a special fondness for a truly American style of instrumental music. Weekly practice sessions provide rewarding evenings on the spot. The group also is prepared to do goodwillperformances at church services, nursing homes, retirement communities and other nonprofit organizations and accepts donations to offset modest operating costs. Open to any musician with a “passion” for Dixieland music.