Music at First Unitarian draws us together and infuses our worship with sounds to inspire, soothe, and uplift our community. Each service is filled with living, breathing music reflecting and illuminating the themes of the service.
Like Unitarian Universalism, our music program embraces the world’s diversity. At any given service you may hear jazz, classical, musical theater, folk, rock, or world music. Expect the unexpected!
We have a thriving music program and welcome your participation. Our choir sings twice a month, September through May. Our larger community sings together every week in worship services. Making music together allows us to create a shared rhythm and, quite literally, be in harmony with one another. First Unitarian also hosts numerous guest musicians from our larger community in our Sunday worship services.
Adult choir - the Chalice Singers
If you love to sing, come join our choir, the Chalice Singers! The choir sings for both services twice a month, and for special services including Christmas Eve and Easter. The choir also collaborates periodically with other Front Range UU choirs to perform larger choral works. Past performances include the Colorado premiere of Jason Shelton Sources: A Unitarian Universalist Cantata, several Front Range UU Choir Concert (2007), the annual Standing on the Side of Love service at our State Capitol building (2005 - present), and several Interfaith Music Festivals.
The choir is open to anyone who likes to sing. There are no auditions; whether you are a proficient sight reader or can't read music at all, there is a place for you. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings in the multipurpose room from 7:30p to 9:00p from September through early June. Please contact our Choir Director, Brian Stone, for more information.
We encourage members and visitors alike to share their musical talents with us! Musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome. If you sing or play an instrument, and would like to contribute musically to an upcoming service (either solo or as part of a small ensemble), please contact Lia Davis.
Our music program is also enriched by guest musicians from our larger community, including Ron Miles, Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, Jesse Manno, Justin Roth, members of Colcannon, members of Slam NUBA, the Safonia choir, the Mosaic Youth Choir, and many others.
Music for Children & Youth
Our children’s choir is led by Charlotte Braud-Kern; they sing in worship services several times each year. Youth who play instruments are encouraged to play during Sunday services, and sometimes have the opportunity to play in intergenerational ensembles. Music is also an integral part of our Children’s Chapel services.
Once a year, usually in the spring, we present a Music Sunday, where the choir, guest musicians, and music staff devote the entire service to music and readings / reflections on music. Past Music Sundays have included Gabriel Faure’s Requiem; works composed solely by Unitarian Universalist composers; Eclectic Mass; and music on the themes of “Home”, “Love”, and music itself.
The Music Committee collaborates with the music staff to help shape the mission of the music program and support its activities. This includes creating and refining our vision of music in worship, developing community music events & concerts, managing the budget, and hiring staff. The Music Committee meets monthly; contact Charlotte Braud-Kern if you are interested in joining this committee.
Concerts & Community Events
First Unitarian has hosted numerous musicians and ensembles from the larger community, including UU singer/songwriter Jim Scott, Emma’s Revolution, Denver singer/songwriter Gwendy Joysen, the Denver Women’s Chorus, UU guitarist Peter Mayer, and the UU Musician’s Network annual conference. The sanctuary at First Unitarian is available for concerts, rehearsals, and other community events. The space offers superb acoustics, a first-rate sound system, and professional instruments. Please contact the office at First Unitarian if you would like to see our facilities or look at our facilities rental section.