First Unitarian Choir

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First Unitarian Choir

The First Unitarian Choir, is an all-volunteer SATB ensemble of 30 men and women of all ages. Our mission is to provide each singer an opportunity to grow musically and spiritually and to have fun doing it. Under the direction of Dr. Joel Knapp and accompanied by Emily Pearce, the choir serves the First Unitarian church community with a diversity of music to lift the spirits and enhance the worship experience. We also offer a children's choir.

Join Us!

We welcome new singers and invite you to try us out. If you choose to join, the commitment is modest: 

  • The choir rehearses 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays from late August through early June.
  • We sing two or three services each month with one major choral work in December and May.
  • Choir members are invited to lead the congregation in traditional carols during our Christmas Eve candlelight services. 

We are a very sociable group. Our season begins with homecoming party and choir rehearsals frequently end with a glass of wine at a choir members nearby home. Many members have sung in the choir for 10, 15 or 20 plus years but always offer a warm welcome and a helping hand to new singers. Contact (email hidden; JavaScript is required)

to learn more.

Adult ChoirListen Now

Here's a sampling of choral works recently performed at First Unitarian Church under the direction of Joel Knapp:

  • Download the audio clip (First U Charpentier Sanctus.mp3)
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    “Sanctus” from “Messe de Minuit Noel (Christmas Midnight Mass)” by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, with guest soloist Dr. Emily Truckenbrod, soprano, accompanied by the Rosewood Ensemble

  • Download the audio clip (First U Choir Mata del anima sola.mp3)
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    “Mata del Anima Sola” by Antonio Estevez, with guest soloist Dan Werts, tenor

  • Download the audio clip (01 1 Tomorrow shall be my dancing da.mp3)
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    “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” from “A Day for Dancing” by Lloyd Pfautsch

Repertoire

Our growing repertoire embraces the full diversity of the human experience:

  • Contemporary choral arrangements, including those by local and national Unitarian-Universalist composers
  • Sacred choral classics from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, including anthems, chorales, masses, motets, and opera choruses
  • Gospel favorites, both classic and contemporary arrangements
  • Folk music, including popular tunes and sacred hymns
  • World music from Africa, Asia and Latin America embracing a variety of religious and cultural traditions
  • Vocal jazz arrangements

In addition to enhancing congregational worship, the First Unitarian Choir performs special music services in December and May. These special services include outside musical guests, including string ensembles and guest soloists. See Special Music Opportunities for more on other special music services and other programs.