Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has an active Adult choir that provides music for Sunday services twice a month for 10 months of the year. The choir meets weekly on Thursday evenings from 7 pm- 8:30 p.m. to rehearse service music for the fellowship. In addition to providing music for worship, the choir also holds an annual retreat and sings at various community events. For more information about the choir or the music program at Starr King UU Fellowship, please contact our Music Director, Sarah Dan Jones at [email protected].
Starr King UU Fellowship has incorporated music in worship throughout its history. In the beginning stages of the fellowship’s existence, lay musicians gathered in homes and formed a choir. When the fellowship moved into the current building, the choir continued to meet weekly during the church year to prepare music for worship. For 30 years, the music program was entirely volunteer and lay led, a vibrant and important part of our worship. The bulk of this volunteer music coordinating was handled by Mary Hazelton.
In 2012, Rev. Sarah Stewart hired Sarah Dan Jones as the “professional” musician, in the role of accompanist for a transition year between lay led and an established staff position. In 2013, Sarah Dan became the Director of Music, accountable to the minister, and responsible for service music for worship, as well as directing the choir. The average membership of the choir stands at 13 members, and the choir sings twice a month for 10 months, with weekly rehearsals. Under the management of the Music Director, and lay led, the fellowship also worked with the Religious Education Program to establish an ad hoc Children’s Choir to perform once or twice a year. We hope to strengthen this program in the coming years. There is a substitute accompanist who is compensated to play for Sunday Worship once a month.
During its history, Starr King has hosted many concerts and special events, including dancers from Nicaragua, classical piano performances, folk music and vocal offerings. There have been art displays in the sanctuary, as well as children’s art in the halls. Several members of the fellowship also participate in area choral groups. In 2015 the Starr King Choir joined the Plymouth Congregational Church choir for a Social Justice event at Plymouth State University.