Music and Choir
Music During Services:
Music is an integral part of each Sunday service at UUFVB, with instrumental music, choral music, and congregational singing always part of the message of the morning. Most of the congregational hymns are from the UU hymnal, which include some hymn tunes familiar to mainstream Christian hymns. Other hymns are more modern and unique to Unitarian Universalism. The words to the hymns are displayed on two large screens behind the pulpit for those who are familiar with the music.
UUFVB Adult Choir:
The choir is led by Paula Herger, the Director of Music, and Elizabeth Borne, the Assistant Director of Music. Rehearsals are held regularly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm from September through May. During the summer months, Wednesday night rehearsals are less frequent, and there are often special musicians to perform the Sunday anthem. However, the choir still meets at 9 am (1 hour prior to the Sunday service) to practice the introit and lead the congregation in the hymn singing.
In addition to their weekly introits and anthems, the choir offers other musical experiences to the congregation. Each spring, the choir gifts the congregation with a Music Sunday. This special service is filled with both choral and congregational singing, as well as related readings. For several years, the choir has performed holiday music at the Riverside Theatre’s Festival of the Trees in late November.
The choir always welcomes new singers. No audition is required; however, a choir singer should have a love of singing, a love of learning, and a cooperative spirit.
Twice a year, usually at Christmas and the Religious Education Sunday in the spring, a Family Choir will rehearse and perform. This ensemble is comprised of children in our RE program and their families who like to sing. Elizabeth Borne leads the Family Choir and typically rehearses on Sundays after the service from 11:15 am to noon for three or four weeks prior to performance.
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