Under the direction of Dan Ratelle, our 40-member Chalice Choir provides an opportunity for individuals to develop their musical talents and to contribute to our church life in a significant way. The Choir is comprised of a wide range of ability and open to singers from high school on. The Choir presents a variety of choral music styles over the year, which helps deepen the worship experience and challenge the singer.
The Chalice Choir sings primarily at the 9:30 (“Traditional”) Sunday Service, two to three times each month, as well as in outreach performances in the larger community. Annual highlights include the holiday Service of Music in December, often with soloists and instrumental accompaniment, and the Festival Music Sunday in May, which includes all of First Church’s musical groups. Other special events have included performances with the New City Sinfonia, and participation in the District-wide UU Choral Festivals
The choir in a video greeting to the First Church partner church in Brassó, Romania. The choir sings Elizabeth Norton's Székely Blessing, a hymn in Hungarian and English based on a traditional Hungarian Unitarian text.