Music and Choir
Music is an integral part of the First Unitarian Providence experience. Fred Jodry, our music director, is a nationally recognized choral director, vocal soloist, music scholar, and organist. In addition to directing the music program at First Unitarian, he is director of choral activities at Brown University, where he is a senior lecturer in music. Fred plans and leads the music component of most worship services, in collaboration with the minister and the Worship Committee, and plays the organ and piano.
We have three main music groups that engage a large number of members of our congregation: the First Unitarian Choir, Joyful Noise, and Community Band. Our congregation also has a number of talented musicians, including two excellent pianists who alternate playing at our lay-led summer services. Several young musicians among us perform at special events throughout the church year.
The First Unitarian Choir, often praised for their high-quality contribution to worship services, plays a vital role on most Sundays. They perform a range of music from renaissance pieces to twentieth-century classical to American spirituals. Guest instrumentalists often accompany the choir on designated pieces or as either soloists. Christmas and Easter services usually include guests playing a variety of instruments including harp, tympani, trumpet, oboe, flute, or strings.
Our multi-generational group Joyful Noise, led by Youth Music Director and guitarist Marcia Taylor, includes children and adults who like to sing. They perform on various occasions during the church year. Typically, they perform folk or Unitarian-Universalist songs accompanied by guitar and drums.
Instrumentalists and vocalists in the congregation who enjoy playing and singing get together to perform folk and rock tunes. The current roster of musicians includes guitar, keyboard, saxophone, harmonica, bass, and vocals.