Music and the Arts

Artistic expression adds spiritual depth to our worship services, reinforces our multicultural aspirations, provides opportunities for building community, connects us to cultural changes in the larger community, challenges our assumptions, and gives voice to our shared Unitarian Universalist values. At First Unitarian Church, we are blessed with many different kinds of artistic expression—art, dance, music, and, most recently, spoken word. We hope you will find a way to become involved in one or another of the groups that contribute to the artistic life of First Unitarian Church.

The music program at First Unitarian Church serves our members through joyful celebrations both in our worship services and in the larger community. We nourish congregational music-making by offering a variety of ways for members to make both instrumental and choral music together. We also work with musicians from the larger community to present rich, meaningful, and diverse musical offerings in our worship celebrations.

If you are an experienced singer, also consider assisting with hymn leading at weekly services!

Vocalists

UU Singers
We welcome church and community members who like to sing. We regularly rehearse Tuesday evenings 7:00-9:00. No long term commitment is required if you want to come rehearse with us for fun--Come when you can. We strive to build a more just and loving world through singing and sharing. We aim to build the beloved community by rehearsing and performing with diverse local groups and at a variety of venues in the community. In addition, the Singers usually perform once or twice per month at Sunday morning services at First Unitarian Church. For more information, contact Kris Rust at kdrust@aol.com or 412-352-8488.

Joyful Noise! Music, Arts & Simple Supper
An intergenerational group that gathers as much for community as for singing and performing. Families with young children are encouraged to participate in this all-ages group that gathers around supper, songs, and other music and arts. Thursday nights at 6pm. Dinner in the Undercroft Gallery is open to all members and friends of First Unitarian, even those who don't stay for the musical fun -- which lasts until 7pm. Please contact Ellen Gozion, Director of Instrumental Music at 412-242-7769 or Erica Shadowsong, Lifespan Religious Education Director.

Instrumentalists

Solo Instrumentalists and Accompanists
If you enjoy performing solo or collaborative classical music, folk music, or other genres, or if have experience accompanying congregational singing from the piano or organ, there is a place for you to share your unique musical expressions during worship celebrations. All levels of ability and experience are welcome. Contact Ellen Gozion, Director of Instrumental Music at 412-242-7769.

Instrumental Ensembles: Hymn Band & Folk Circle
If you enjoy performing solo or collaborative classical music, folk music, or other genres, or if have experience accompanying congregational singing from the piano or organ, there is a place for you to share your unique musical expressions during worship celebrations. All levels of ability and experience are welcome. Contact Ellen Gozion, Director of Instrumental Music at 412-242-7769.

Other Performers

Dance Choir
The Dance Choir is a creative performing group that seeks to enhance the worship experience through original performances pieces and through simple participatory movement experience done with the congregation. It is open to a range of age and skill levels and members can commit to a single project or be part of the ongoing core group of dancers. We especially encourage youth and men to give dance a try! We also encourage any "nonmovers" who may want to help with costumes, lights, or other tasks to join us in sharing the joy of dance. For more information ask a Dance Choir member, or contact Mary Pat Mengato.

Concerts

SongSpace Team
A celebration of folk, Americana, bluegrass, singer-songwriter, old-time, and world music, featuring local, regional and national artists. We are dedicated to establishing a welcoming and meaningful space both for making and listening to quality music. Learn more at http://www.uusongspace.com.

Tapestry Team
Tapestry Chamber Music has partnered this year with Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh to continue its mission of presenting high quality and diverse classical music programming: http://www.uutapestry.com.

Groups

UU Quilters
This groups meets on the first Saturdays at 10:00am to quilt together. A times, quilts are designed and made for service donations, but may quilters work on their own projects as well. Basic sewing skills are helpful. Contact Shelly Ross or Annie Stunden.

Writing Salon
The Writing Salon is a monthly meeting of writers who read their work out loud and share positive critiques. We believe that making friends is as important as writing. Contact Melody Platz.

Committees

The Music and the Arts Team
The Music and the Arts Team meets on the first Wednesday of each month and includes representatives from select music and art groups. Contact Brian Junker.

Art Committee
The Art Committee is responsible for exhibiting art installations in the Undercroft Gallery. This mission is to promote art shared by values consistent with our Unitarian covenant and also promotion of art of members and friends of the First Church as well as qualified artists from our urban community. Contact Ali Masalehdan.

Music Endowment Committee
The purpose of the committee is to review, and if necessary invite, proposals to spend funds from the Music Endowment. These are spent on one-time purchases and one-time music events (rather than ongoing maintenance expenses). By appointment only.

Instruments

We are fortunate to have several wonderful musical instruments in our Sanctuary. The organ was built by Phillipp Wirsching and given to the church in 1904 by Andrew Carnegie. It was featured in an article in the January 2003 issue of The Tracker: The Journal of the Organ Historical Society. Our concert grand Steinway piano was purchased in 1981. The harpsichord was built in 1978 by James Herndon, the father of our Senior Minister, Rev. David Herndon. The Baldwin electronic organ belonged to the grandfather of Bill Larson. Four other pianos plus an electronic keyboard reside in various rooms around the church building.








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