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. Open to singers from high school age on, the Choir sings fine choral music from a variety of cultures and musical styles, which helps deepen the worship experience and challenge the singer.
The Chalice Choir usually sings at both Sunday Services twice a month, as well as in outreach performances in the larger community. Annual highlights include the December Service of Music, 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.
Director Dan Ratelle has led the Chalice Choir since 1980. A native San Diegan, he has a degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University, and a Master's Degree in Conducting and Early Music from San Diego State University. He was for eight years the Associate Conductor of the San Diego Master Chorale, and has served on the Boards of the San Diego Early Music Society, the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, and the San Diego Young Artists Symphony. In addition to his work at First Church he teaches Music part time at Mesa College, and conducts the New City Sinfonia (a community chamber orchestra). Learn more about Dan.
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.