Music and Choir
The music ministry at First UU offers opportunities for musicians of all ages and abilities. Most important in this is the use of congregational song. Each hymn supports the message of the morning, and is presented in a way which hopefully invites all in the congregation to participate. Through the act of singing together, we enhance our sense of community and own personal spiritual growth.
Those who wish to sing and deepen the spiritual experience even more are invited to try out our non-auditioned choir. We meet in the sanctuary, Thursdays 7:15 – 9:00 pm and before Sunday services during the church year, 9:15 – 10:10. The choir sings anthems at many services and can expect to help support congregational singing as needed. People who cannot make the every week commitment may join our Pick-Up Choir Sundays, when quick-to-learn pieces are rehearsed and sung on the same day. Short term commitments are also offered for Music Sundays or Christmas Choir.
Instrumentalists may also find a musical outlet at First UU. From accompanying the choir or hymns on percussion or other instruments, to solos or small ensembles, if you can imagine it, we will try to make space for you. Currently we have an informal group of ukulele players, an intergenerational Easter Band, and Potluck and Music Jam Sessions.
Our building is also home to a flute choir and two dance groups. Although not an official part of our congregation, these groups, along with regular concerts by the NYS Baroque Ensemble and other area ensembles help fill our building space and hearts with music.
Please contact our Music Director, Sara Jo Brandt-Doelle to find our how you can be a part of music at First UU.