Sunday Services: 10:30 am
Child Care Available
Sunday Services: 10:30 am
Welcome to the UUAC Music Ministry. Music is a vital part of our worship service, with congregational singing, anthems from the choir, introits by the children’s choir, and instrumental music. All of this reflects a variety of musical, spiritual, and cultural traditions that enrich our worship experience.
During the church year the choirs participate in church services, and are occasionally supplemented by guest soloists and instrumentalists. We encourage all who have an interest in music to share their talents by participating in the musical life of the congregation.
The Meetinghouse Choir, numbering about 20 voices, sings during worship service nearly every Sunday, and forms the nucleus of the larger Celebration Choir, which presents music-centered services twice a year on Music Sundays. Choir members often have the opportunity to share their voices in solos or duets. Our choral repertoire embraces all styles, including classical music from Renaissance to contemporary, folk music of many countries and traditions, popular music, and jazz.
Our all-volunteer choir is always eager to welcome new members. Being able to sing on key is important; the ability to read music is helpful but not required. Regular attendance at rehearsals is encouraged but not mandatory. Speak to our Interim Director of Music Ministry, Herman Weiss, with your questions, or just come to a rehearsal:
The Celebration Choir is composed of the Meetinghouse Choir plus additional singers who join the Celebration Choir for twice-yearly Music Sundays. This is a singing opportunity for people who do not have time to commit to the more demanding Meetinghouse Choir schedule.
On Music Sundays, usually held in December and May, the Celebration Choir performs a special program, usually a major work from the choral repertory, accompanied by instruments, during the worship service. Past Music Sundays featured the Kuhnau cantata, Uns ist ein kind geboren, Godspell!, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, music of John Rutter, A “Singing for Human Rights” special program, and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C.
The Chalice Choir includes all children who love to sing. We welcome children of all ages, as long as they can learn songs by ear and be attentive in rehearsal. No experience is necessary – simply enthusiasm!
The children sing the choral introit at the beginning of the worship service at least once a month, and also sing at special services throughout the year. The Chalice Choir also participates in the monthly Children’s Worship service.
Chalice Choir rehearsals are held on Sundays 12-12:30, following the worship service.
For questions about the Chalice Choir, please contact Sarah Deveau at Music@uuac.org.
Our congregation is blessed with a number of talented musicians who from time to time share their gifts in our worship service. Guest instrumentalists include guitarists, oboists, pianists, violinists, and violists. Several times a year the musical program is devoted to instrumental music while the choir takes a break
The music program is occasionally enhanced by the addition of paid professional musicians, usually on Music Sunday’s. For example, the Faure Requiem Music Sunday featured a full chamber orchestra.
UUAC at First Parish
11 Washington St.
PO Box 158
Sherborn MA 01770