We find that making music with and for our community here at Arlington Street is a central and beautiful part of our spiritual practice as Unitarian Universalists. The Arlington Street Church Choir, the foundation of our music program, sings at weekly services on Sunday at 11:00 am, performing an array of challenging, evocative repertoire spanning dozens of cultures, and centuries of musical and liturgical history.
Performances have included Bach’s Easter Oratorio, Handel’s Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Mozart’s Requiem (excerpts), Faure’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Messe “Cum Jubilo”, Poulenc’s Gloria (excerpts), Stravinsky’s Mass, Torke’s Mass, and a variety of other, less traditional works like Dave Brubeck’s The Earth is Our Mother.
The choir is open to all interested singers able to make a commitment to the choir’s schedule. Attendance each week is not mandatory, but members find that it’s difficult to function effectively if they miss more than a quarter of the rehearsals. We rehearse on Thursdays from 7:00–9:00 pm in the Clarke Room on the second floor of Arlington Street Church. We also meet at 9:30 am each Sunday before the service to warm up and polish the day’s music.
If you are interested in joining the Adult Choir or finding out more about music and worship at Arlington Street Church, please feel free to stop by or speak to our Director of Music, Mark David Buckles, after the Sunday morning service, or email him at MBuckles@ascboston.org. You may also visit us on a Thursday evening to watch a rehearsal. All are welcome to share their gifts in song with our community!