We feel strongly that part of our mission is to offer the congregation, the city, and the Hyde Park community an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of quality music programs. We are proud of our historic and newly restored 3-manual, 40-rank E.M. Skinner organ in our sanctuary, as well as the Schlicker neo-baroque organ in Hull Chapel. Special choir concerts, evening and Sunday concerts with top local musicians, and a great deal of music during our regular Sunday services bring the joy of music to many church events. For more information, please contact Music Director Jeff Hamrick at music@firstuchicago.org.

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Adult Choir

This non-auditioned ensemble sings for services three times a month from September through June under the leadership of Music Director Jeff Hamrick. This choir sings in a variety of musical styles and languages. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday evening from 7:00-9:00 pm in the choir room, and new members are always welcome to join. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jeff at music@firstuchicago.org.

Singing Meditation

Singing Meditation is an interfaith spiritual practice that combines repetitive rounds, mantras, and harmony group singing, followed by periods of silence. The combining of the two practices of singing and silence results in a synergy that enhances each component. Singing Meditation will be offered at First Unitarian Church quarterly, and is included in some worship services.

Chicago Children’s Choir

First Unitarian is the original home and founding institution of the internationally renowned Chicago Children’s Choir. We continue our connection with this amazing, diverse group of singers as we hear the Concert Choir at two services during the year, including Christmas Eve vespers. Though the choir moved to larger quarters a number of years ago, we are still home to the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir, one of the training choirs of the Chicago Children’s Choir. For more information about this choir, please connect to First U’s CCC Boosters.

First Sunday Choir

The music of our UU faith draws from many faith traditions, and cultures. We strive to include participants of all ages and abilities in the music at First Unitarian. The First Sunday Choir is a volunteer choir with singers of every age, and sings 2-3 times each year. The purpose of this group is to promote unity through music. Repertoire for this group consists of unison music, or music with simple harmonies, which will allows voices of all abilities to sing together. Rehearsal time is at 9:00 am before the Sunday service. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jeff at music@firstuchicago.org.

Dances of Universal Peace

Several times a year, First U is host to these participatory events. Dances of Universal Peace bring people together in joyous and meditative dance circles, and in singing or chanting sacred phrases from many spiritual traditions. Dates for 2017-2018 are November 5, February 4, and May 6. For more information, please see the events page.