Music is an integral part of our spiritual practice, joy, and enjoyment here at First U. There are a variety of ways people of all ages in our community share in this practice.
The choir is 25–30 committed adults, most of whom have much choral experience, and share their joy in singing.
The choir sings for worship most Sundays from September through mid-June, usually two or three pieces per service. Because there is no mid-week rehearsal, Choir members should know how to read music. Choir members should expect to commit to sing at least three out of four Sundays a month.
The choir rehearses 9 am through 10:30 am Sundays before the service (in the choir room in basement of the Meeting House). Plan to come a few minutes early each week to get new music.
Occasionally, extra services/concerts are scheduled from time to time. We have performed larger works: Vivaldi "Gloria"; Britten “Rejoice in the Lamb”; Woodman “Midwife’s Tale”; Charpentier “In Nativitatem Dominum” and selections from Mozart “ Missa Brevis in C” Handel “Messiah” and Requiems by Brahms and Durufle.
If you are interested in joining the choir, contact: Fred Jodry, Music Director: Fred_Jodry@brown.edu
Youth Music Ensemble
In our Youth Music Ensemble (YMe), children*, youth and adults conspire (breathe together) to make wonderful sounds to share with our UU congregation. Junior and Senior high youth are welcome. Young musicians find a place to sing, enjoy each other, occasionally play instruments, and have a whole lot of fun!
YMe meets most Sundays, 9:30 – 10:15 am, and shares its music and spirit in the Meeting House at least three times each year, and several more times in the Youth Chapel.
If you are interested in joining YMe, contact Marcia Taylor, Youth Music Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Younger children (under 8) may join with permission of Director
Our Music Directors
Fred Jodry, Music Director
L. Frederick Jodry holds a BA in Organ Performance and a Masters degree in Performance of Early Music from New England Conservatory. He has also studied at the North German Organ Academy with Harold Vogel. Fred has been heard in Recital in Europe and throughout the US, founded a 14-voice ensemble, the Schola Cantorum of Boston, which has presented concerts throughout New England and recorded six CDs. He has played for conventions of the Organ Historical Society, and for the American Guild of Organists, and has won accelades and awards for his music throughout his successful career.
After serving as Associate Organist/Choirmaster at the Church of the Advent in Boston from 1983-1989, Fred was employed at the Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA. He was subsequently Organist and Choirmaster at historic Trinity Church, Newport until fall, 2000. We are lucky to have him now as our Music Director here at First Unitarian Church in Providence. Since 1991 he has also been Director of Choral Activities at Brown University, and offers instruction in Medieval and Renaissance Music History, choral conducting and Harpsichord.
Marcia Taylor, Youth Music Director
Marcia refers to herself as a "musical midwife," helping to bring to light the inherent musicality of each person. A classically trained guitarist, Marcia has enjoyed a career as a touring, recording and teaching singer-songwriter. In addition to leading YMe, Marcia teaches performing arts and Providence’s Lincoln School, and offers private instruction in guitar and voice. Making music makes her happy.