Music Notes

As the beginning of the church year quickly approaches, I would like to call your attention to a few important announcements from the music program. The many choirs at the church are open to all members of the community, and are always welcoming new singers.

  • The Senior Choir sings every Sunday at the 11:00 a.m. service and rehearses Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
  • The Nova Choir, an un-auditioned adult choir, sings twice a month at the 9:00 am service and rehearses Thursdays at 6:45 p.m.
  • The three children’s choirs accept students from Kindergarten through high school and do not require auditions to join.
  • If you are interested in singing with us, please contact me at igarvie@uubelmont.org.
Simon Andrews

Simon Andrews

I am thrilled to announce that Simon Andrews has joined the church as the new Organist and Assistant Music Director. Simon brings a wealth of experience to the position and will be a wonderful addition to the program. Simon was born in England and educated at Christ Church, Oxford, the Royal Academy of Music, and the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to many years of work as a pianist, organist, and director, Simon is also a composer. Winner of the 1985 Benjamin Britten International Composition Prize, his music has been featured at the Aldeburgh and St. Alban’s Festivals, broadcast on BBC radio, and widely performed in many cities throughout the world. Simon’s wife, Anne Mason, is Minister at First Parish Unitarian Church in Lexington.

The first Nova Choir rehearsal will be Thursday, September 8, in the Sanctuary. The first children’s choir rehearsal will be held on Monday, September 12, in the Parish Hall. Junior Choir (K-4th grade) will rehearse from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Chancel and Youth Choirs (5th grade and above) will rehearse from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Auditions for lead roles in the musical will be on Wednesday, September 14, and Thursday, September 15, from 4-6 p.m. Children will only have to attend auditions for one hour.

I am excited about the new season at First Church and am looking forward to exploring the many aspects of music making within the church community.

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