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Music Program

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 Recital

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.

  • 12/22/17 - The First UU String Quartet: Robie Evans and Randy Brinton, violins; Linda Piatt, viola; Amanda Devlin, cello

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Emma's Revolution at First UU!!!

Join us on Saturday, January 27, at 8pm as we welcome Emma's Revolution back to the Meeting House!

“With beautiful harmonies and genre-defying eclecticism, Emma’s Revolution delivers the energy and strength of their convictions, in an uprising of truth and hope for these tumultuous times.”

Tickets available from our church office or from Emma's Revolution -- $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Contact Rev Ian for more info.

Music Staff

Rev. Ian W. Riddell
 Minister of Music and Worship Arts, Chalice Choir Director Bio 

Lorelei Isidro
 South Bay Music Coordinator Bio

Lynn Mendoza-Khan
 Choir Director Bio

Justin Murphy-Mancini
 Organist and Pianist Bio

Andrea Newall
 JUUL Tones Ensemble Director Bio

Recent Events

Summer 2017: JUUL Tones performs at rally protesting ACA repeal. 

April 2017: Women’s Chorus presents second Stronger Together concert in support of Women’s Empowerment International

March 2017: Women’s Chorus participates in San Diego Sings festival at Balboa Park

January 2017: We welcome Dr. Ysaye Barnwell to our campus to teach and lead worship

June 7, 2015: Music Festival Sunday, when all of our ensembles will be featured in both Sunday Services.

March 21, 2015: The Women’s Choir will participate in “San Diego Sings!,” a choral extravaganza at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration.

December 14, 2014: Annual Winter Service of Music, with Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs.”

July 2014: First Church hosted this year’s UU Musicians Network Conference, attended by over 250 musicians and church leaders from all over the U.S. and Canada.

May 2014: Women’s Chorus participated in the UU Choral Festival, in Santa Monica.

May 2014: Festival Service of Music featured all of our Choirs (“Let the Music Ring”).

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.