Music is at the heart of our worship and community life here at the United Parish.
We love all kinds of music, from folk styles and African drums to both ancient and modern classical music. We take our music-making seriously and joyfully: Sunday morning music connects with the themes and scriptures used in worship; musical selections reflect the diversity in our community.
Believing that music penetrates the soul in ways that nothing else can, when we lift our voices in song, our hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits become instruments tuned to sing God’s praise; and when we listen to great music, we enter God’s time, shaped by melody, measured by rhythm, adorned by harmony.
Our choirs are open to all who desire to sing -- experts and novices. We are eager to learn and expand our horizons, and look for ways to ensure that new sacred music of the highest quality continues to be written and performed in our church.
Many of our songs of worship are drawn from the culturally diverse and inclusive New Century Hymnal. We complement these hymns with other styles of music, including Anglican Chant and music of Taize -- always seeking music that best meets the sacred moment.
Our historic organ, once played by the world renowned concert organist, E. Power Biggs, is a product of the Great Depression, when E. M. Skinner's small company obsessed over each and every detail. Ours is one of the few remaining originals. This romantic orchestral organ (complete with harp and an echo organ located in the chapel) is our primary instrument of worship, capably handling most styles of music, breathing life into the squarest of hymns. As not all music is best served by the organ, we often use the piano, African drums, handbells, and other instruments to glorify God.