I started off singing in church as a child. The sound of voices coming together, that was my first moment of touching something outside of myself. –Florence Welch
Singing is one of the most beautiful, natural and universal forms of human expression. Feeling your voice rise from within you, blending with others, feeling the harmonies and vibrations, is a wonderful way to experience being a part of something greater than oneself. Our wish is for everyone to experience the profound joy of group singing!
This year we hope to explore a variety of ways for UCM members and friends to experience group singing.
Our non-auditioned, traditional SATB choir of about 20-25 people sings at most services and is open to all. We sing a large variety of music: classical, folk, gospel, musical theater, world music and more. Most members have some music reading ability, but it is not a requirement to join, and support with music reading is available . We strive to present a wide variety of difficulty levels, sometimes singing music that allows us to rest in beautiful melodies and simple harmonies, and sometimes singing music that pushes us to our capacity. The process of rehearsing –listening to each other, learning difficult passages, striving to come together—is as important as presenting offerings to the congregation on Sundays. While we work hard during rehearsals, they are also welcoming, caring spaces.
Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:00 PM in the sanctuary. We also have a short rehearsal each Sunday morning before the service. If you are interested in joining or have questions about whether choir will be a good fit for you, please get in touch! This year we will also be offering Music Skills/Reading sessions before most evening rehearsals, for those who want to develop more confidence with their music reading abilities.
However, understanding that the traditional choral model does not suit everyone due to schedule constraints, personal preferences, perceived lack of skills, or other reasons, this year we will be offering some alternative group singing experiences in addition to our traditional choir. I would love to hear from you if this is of interest! Otherwise, watch the e-news for any updates.
During the first year of the pandemic, the UCM choir met almost exclusively on zoom. During the second year we were in-person but with ever-changing rehearsal venues, and extensive safety protocols. While pre-recording most choral offerings and hymns through the year, we managed both to remain safe and to maintain a thriving singing community.
This year marks a new chapter for our choir. With the completion of our new ventilation system, we are fully back singing in-person for services!
We will continue to carefully watch how the pandemic develops in our area and will respond as necessary. A variety of types of masks suitable for singing are available for choir members who wish to use them. At this time proof of vaccination, with a testing option, is required for choir members.
Please be in touch with any questions about our covid precautions.