Music is very important to us here at First Church of Christ, Unitarian. We incorporate music at every service as well as have special music services where we have local musicians play and/or speak with us. Our music is an eclectic blend of traditional hymns, classical music, jazz, folk and secular songs, and Taize chant. We are blessed with a magnificent 1869 Simmons organ, a vintage AB Chase grand piano, and a talented musician, Kallin Johnson, who is a master of both instruments. Besides playing piano and organ at our services, Kallin directs both the adult and children's choirs.
People often think the purpose of a children's choir is to perform during worship from time to time. Performance (celebration) is the frosting on the cake. The real heart of a children's choir is in the community building and skill development that occurs. Choral singing builds self -confidence, memory skills, social development, and emotional expression. Music is fun, first! It is about enjoying the experience of singing!
Children's Choir Practice: Children 5 – 18 years old are welcome to join. Children who are 15 years old and older are welcome to practice with the adult choir as well. The Children's Choir rehearses twice a month (September – June) at 9:30 a.m. for 20 to 30 minutes in the sanctuary. These practice times are subject to change depending on the age range of the children participating.
Parent Participation: With the diverse ages and abilities of the children, there is ample opportunity to assist during choir practice. Parents who are willing to stay with their very young children (or those who know the younger children) during practice time are very much appreciated. Parents are also welcome to practice alongside their children for as long as they feel their child would like.