Music Program

Welcome to the UUFF Music Program Webpage.  Membership in any of our three musical ensembles is open to the public.  There is no requirement to be a member of the Fellowship to sing or ring, just a willingness to participate.  No experience is necessary, though some ability to read music is a plus.  Please read below for information about our individual ensembles.

Adult Choir: A twenty-five plus person mixed choir that usually performs every third Sunday of the month from September through June and that makes additional appearances for special events, both at the Fellowship and around town. Repertoire consists of Broadway, Disney, Christmas, Beatles, light classical, and assorted worship-appropriate standards. This season’s selections will include, among many others, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (from Carousel), “God Rest Ye Jazzy Gentlemen,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “Ezekiel Saw De Wheel and “Make Our Garden Grow” (from Candide). Adult Choir meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Fellowship.  Contact Jason Michael for more information.

Handbells: Eleven ringers plus multiple swings combine their talents to perform normally on the first Sunday of every other month. Formerly Hand Chimes, we now ring four-octave handbells and hand chimes, and you never know what else director Jason Michael may throw in. The Handbells have a repertoire of folk songs, hymns, Christmas selections, and hits from the ’70s and ’80s. Handbells meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:30 pm at the Fellowship.  Contact Jason Michael for more information.

UUth Choir: Our children’s choir is designed for children old enough to read and follow directions. They sing at Sunday services and special events throughout the year. Repertoire this year will include “Thank You Very Much (from Scrooge),” “The Music Within Us,” and “We’re Gonna Shovel the Snow.” The UUth Choir meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 6:50 pm at the Fellowship.  Contact Jason Michael for more information.

Meet Our Staff:  Click here to meet the talented people who make up the Music Program staff.
Performances: Click here to view the Music Program performance schedule.
Music Program News:
In June 2016, the Adult Choir and Handbells have been invited to return to perform at Fredericksburg’s Juneteenth festivities, this year to be held indoors on June 18.  Stay tuned for a list of selections.
In December 2015, the Hand Chimes played their first gig outside of the UUFF, performing as guests of the Fredericksburg Senior Society on December 20.  They will reprise their engagement this coming holiday as well.

In December 2015, both the Adult Choir and the Hand Chimes had the honor of being selected to be  a part of 95.9’s Hometown Holiday program, where local performers were featured on the radio throughout the Christmas season.  Hand Chimes performed “The Chipmunk Song”, and the Adult Choir performed “What Cool Child Is This?”, both arranged by Music Director Jason Michael.  Additionally, the Adult Choir had the pleasure of performing live on the radio during the holiday season.

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, the Adult Choir and Hand Chimes performed in downtown Fredericksburg as part of the Juneteenth festivities,  commemorating the end of slavery in the United States (as opposed to when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed).  Adult Choir performed “Down to the River to Pray”, “Soon-Ah Will be Done”, and “Wade in the Water”.  Hand Chimes performed “Shenandoah”, “Ashokan Farewell”, and “Will the Circle be Unbroken?”.

In December 2014, the Adult Choir made its Hometown Holiday premiere.  To listen to the Adult Choir’s performance of “Deck the Hall”, arranged by our Music Director Jason J. Michael and featuring Kana Zink on piano and Jennette Taylor on upright bass, please click here.