It connects us to our inner, divine essence. It transcends religion, generation, and genre. And when it's created from the heart, it expresses something fundamental and universal about our place and meaning in this world.
As an integral part of the service, Sunday's hymns and music - from one of our four choirs or a talented guest musician - are always of the highest musical quality and enhance the sermon's theme.
Two or three Sundays each month, the Adult Choir fills UUCR's services with uplifting and sacred music - from ancient Celtic tunes to American folk music, from religious standards to modern rock. Choir rehearsals are lighthearted yet rigorous, which means that our singers have fun and produce some awe-inspiring sound! We welcome senior high schoolers and adults of any age and any musical ability, and there are no auditions necessary to join. We rehearse weekly on Thursday nights (September - June) from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The Adult Choir is conducted by our Director of Music.
The Children's Choir has a hoot-hollerin' good time singing in the Sunday service a few times during the program year. Accompanied by guitar or piano, and sometimes using sign language or dancing, these pre-K through 5th-graders know how to delight a crowd! For several weeks before each time we sing, we rehearse on Sundays after the service from 11:20-11:50 a.m. in Room 52. The Children's Choir is directed by Barbara Weis.
Unisons is a youth ensemble for kids in the 6th to 8th grade age range. They meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and work both on songs to sing in the Sunday service and musicianship skills. Unisons sings on Sunday morning 4-5 times per year. The group is led by Samantha Buckley.
Sonaria brings the power of the female voice to Sunday services and other UUCR events. This women's ensemble performs a variety of more roots-based music. We welcome teens and women to rehearse twice a month after the Sunday service from 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Room 44. Sonaria is directed by Cynthia Shires-Thurston.
Special Sunday Music
Share your talent! In addition to our four choirs singing in Sunday services, we turn to solo musicians and small ensembles for our musical worship experience. We're on the lookout for musicians to share their gifts at occasional services throughout the year and at each service during the summer.
Want to join us? To learn more about all of UUCR's ensembles and special music program, contact our Interim Director of Music, Sarah Jebian.
Our Drum Circles are currently on hiatus. Please check back later.
Tuba Noodle Casserole
Each December and occasionally throughout the year, instrumentalists in our congregation form a pick-up band. In just a few rehearsals, we'll put together music so we can jam at UUCR's "Getting Ready for the Holidays" and other events. Mike Holmes coordinates the band.
Our Interim Director of Music: Sarah Jebian
Sarah joined UUCR in January 2018 as Interim Director of Music. More to come...
Our Pianist: Justin Furnia
Justin Furnia graduated from Hood College in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in music (Piano Performance). There, he was a piano student of Dr. Noel Lester and was a recipient of the Patricia Bucheimer Piano Prize. He was also under scholarship as a student in the Honors Program and a Maryland Distinguished Scholar. In 2006 and 2009, he was featured as a Sidney Silverman Young Artist in the college’s Summer Chamber Music Festival. In 2008, he participated as a pianist in the Brevard Music Center Festival. Justin also works as an accompanist and pianist and teaches piano in Frederick and Rockville.
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