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Music

Welcome Our New Choir Directors!

We are delighted to announce our new choir directors!

Lorelei Garner, currently our South Bay Music Coordinator, expands her work with us as she takes on the role of Women's Chorus Director starting April 1. 

Tony Bianca, currently our Director of Handbell Programs, has been serving as Interim Director of our Children's Choir. He is our ongoing Children's Choir Director as of April 1.

We're so excited for these new musical possibilities.

Music Ministry

We know music to be a transmitter of culture and tradition, a way of knowing, a way of expressing, and a way of connecting with others and with the deeper reality of our lives. Its presence in our lives teaches us, inspires us, challenges us, and transforms our reality. The music ministry at FUUSD strives to explore, collaborate, worship, and be transformed through and by the music we make individually, in groups large and small, and with the whole community. We strive to create opportunities for all to explore and participate to the breadth of their abilities and comfort. We invite members and friends of First Church, as well as musicians from the wider community, to use their talents continually to expand the scope and depth of our music-making, community, and worship.


Fridays at First Recitals

Join us on the second and fourth Fridays in the Meeting House at 12:30 for some beautiful lunchtime music from wonderful local performers. 

There's no charge but donations will be accepted to help fund our music ministry and organ maintenance.

Upcoming Recitals

  • April 26 Ian W. Riddell, tenor
  • May 10 Carolyne DalMonte, mezzo-soprano
  • May 24 Gabriel Arregui, organ improvisation
  • June 14 Justin Murphy-Mancini, harpsichord and organ

Music Staff

Rev. Ian W. Riddell
 Minister of Music and Worship Arts, Chalice Choir Director; Interim Director, Voices in Unity Youth Choir Bio 

Lorelei Isidro
 South Bay Music Coordinator; Women's Chorus Director Bio

Justin Murphy-Mancini
 Organist and Pianist; Interim Director, Voices in Unity Youth Choir Bio

Andrea Newall
 JUUL Tones Ensemble Director Bio

Tony Bianca
 Director of Handbell Programs; Director, Emerging Voices Children's Choir Bio

Our Choirs and Ensembles

Join Us!

Our Music Program offers a number of ensembles in which participants can develop their skills, learn to work “in harmony” with others, and create a little more beauty in our Church and in our community. You can find something for just about every age and level. For more information about the Music Program, please contact Rev. Ian W. Riddell, Minister of Music and Worship Arts, at (619) 398-4436.