Our Beloved Music Program
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.
Join Our Adult Choir
If you of high-school age and beyond, and love to sing, come join our adult choir, the Chalice Singers! The choir sings for both services twice a month, and for special services including Christmas Eve and Easter. The choir is open to anyone and everyone who likes to sing. There are no auditions. Whether you are a proficient music reader or can't read music at all, there is a place for you. We rehearse on Thursday evenings in the Chapel on the second floor from 7:30pm to 9:00pm from September through early June.
The First Unitarian Children’s Choir is currently seeking a new director! Please contact Lia Davis if you are interested in this position. Our Children’s Choir sings 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.
What Music Means to Us
Our Music Program Leader
Directing the Choir is my Passion
How music transforms
This is a unique choir
Featured Music Volunteer
When I first came to FUSD, I fell in love with the magic of the music right away. Soon after that, I joined the choir which was a way to participate in this music but it also helped me meet people and was a regular activity for me at the church.
The music is so varied - everything from Bach to Lady Gaga - FUSD has become a fantastic venue for me to experience new music and expand my musical horizons. Especially through the "Lia Sunday" services which are entirely music from a specific artist like Leonard Cohen or Peter Gabriel. I have felt a deep connection to the music and what it brings to me.
FUSD has given me one of the best outlets for music. I enjoy the choir and the way Brian leads us through pieces that start out challenging, then end up becoming favorites. Singing solos has given me a chance to overcome my stage fright. In some ways the most enjoyable memories are of hanging out with musicians during rehearsal/practice - enjoying what we are making together, laughing at inside jokes about music and connecting with each other. I am very grateful for my music community at FUSD.
Upcoming Music Events
Music Staff & Leadership
The excellent music program at First Unitarian continues to grow each year. Our professional staff, together with the Music Committee, strives to offer quality music at Sunday services and special music events. The program benefits from the generous time and energy of our volunteer choir and guest musicians (from both within and beyond our FUSD community).
Children's Choir Director
Lia Davis began playing piano by ear at age five. Her classical training provided a foundation for her multifaceted music career. She is an accomplished musician across many genres, including jazz, Argentine tango, classical, folk, and pop music. Piano is her native instrument, though she also sings and plays the accordion, organ, electric bass, folk harp, and drums. Lia teaches piano to students of all ages and skill levels.
Brian has been singing, playing piano, and making music of all types since he was 5 years old. With both parents having received their advanced degrees in choral music, it seems Brian was always fated to be a musician. Brian holds a doctorate in choral music from CU Boulder. In addition to directing the Cantabile Singers in Boulder, Brian is active as a singer, performing with St. Martin's Chamber Choir and the Anima Chamber Ensemble. "Keep singing, and join the choir!"
Ways to Make Music at FUSD
Join the Music Committee
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.
We've 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.
Share your musical talents with us! Musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome. Our music program is also enriched by guest musicians from our larger community 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.
Join The Chalice Singers
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 Thursday evenings in the Sanctuary from 7:30p to 9:00p from September through early June. Come join us!
Once a year we present a Music Sunday, where we devote the entire service to music. Past Music Sundays have included Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, Carson Cooman, works composed solely by UU composers; Eclectic Mass; and music on the themes of “Home”, “Love”, and music itself.
Capitol Hill Concerts
Capitol Hills Concerts offers outstanding concerts in an intimate performance venue. Our mission is to inspire and engage audiences through high-caliber and diverse music performances. Each concert supports a non-profit in our community. For more information, visit www.capitolhillconcerts.com.