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.
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.
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. For more information on Singing Meditation, please visit: www.singingmeditation.com
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, call (312) 849-8300 or visit their website at www.ccchoir.org.
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 Great 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. Contact Music Director Jeff Hamrick if you are interested in participating.