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Music Ministry

There are many opportunities to get involved with the musical life of First Unitarian Church! From our choir that performs weekly, the First Unitarian Choir, to our intergenerational choir that rehearses monthly and performs on special occasions, the First Church Voices, to other opportunities like playing in our band, Wind Ensemble, forming a small ensemble with other musicians in the congregation, or being part of the ad-hoc musical group that supports our monthly Vespers services, the possibilities are endless! Not sure how you might contribute your talents best? Contact Chase Castle at 

Listen to our special collaboration with the Mother Bethel AME Mass Choir for WXPN's "Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul" series under the musical direction of John B. Hedges and Jonas Crenshaw, Jr.! 

Scroll below to find out about our current opportunities! 

First Unitarian Choir (FUC): 
FUC is our main choir. We meet weekly and sing in most Sunday services. The repertoire spans the choral canon from Renaissance and Spirituals to Bobby McFerrin and U2. All skills levels are welcome, previous experience and music reading abilities are welcomed. Rehearsals take place Thursday evenings from 7:30-9PM in the Parish room, and Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45AM. You are welcome to join any rehearsals, but please email the Music Director, Chase Castle, in case the meeting was canceled or moved to another room.

Musicians Outside of Choir: There are many talents within our congregation and if you would like to share yours we would love to have you. If we know who you are, what instrument(s) you play, and what your availability is, we can put together various groups to help with services. If you love to sing, we can pair you with an accompanist, or you can accompany yourself. If you would like to play hymns for services, please reach out as well. In regards to specific instruments, you may speak with Nate Bergey (voice, etc.), Lisa Schilansky (brass), Joy Wiltenberg (wind), and Fred Tipson (guitar).

First Unitarian Wind Ensemble (FUWE): FUWE is more than just hot air. We also welcome string players, percussionists, and the odd vuvuzela. The repertoire spans the gamut from classical and pop to modern and even some film scores. Do not hesitate to reach out to Chase Castle if you are interested in playing, all experience levels are welcome. For further information or any questions about the music program at First Unitarian Church, reach out to Chase Castle, Music Director, at

First Church Voices: If your child loves to sing and so do you, this is for YOU. FCV is an intergenerational choir for anyone who is interested in choir, but would like a less involved experience than the FUC choir. FCV meets the Fourth Sunday of the month after worship. No prior experience is necessary and this is a fantastic low key opportunity to participate in the musical life of the church. For information regarding rehearsals and repertoire, reach out to Chase Castle, Music Director, at

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