Our congregation features music prominently in worship and involves many members in making music together. Singers, instrumentalists, and listeners meet happily at UUCP, and it’s hard to imagine a community-wide event without music. Our program is largely based on individual initiative, so feel free to propose something new, but the ensembles listed below are some easy ways to get involved. Meanwhile, please enjoy a selection of our music videos. You can view more on our YouTube channel.

Video Choir

Until it’s safe to sing together again in person, our singers are joining voices in a video choir, led by Music Director Benjie Messer. All ages and skill levels are welcome, as are singers from outside our congregation.

Song Circle

Our informal, all-ages strumming and singing circle gathers on Zoom on Tuesday afternoons to sing and play favorite songs. Led by Carolyn Allenby, this is a lighthearted way to connect and make music. Ukuleles, guitars, fiddles, mandolins, harmonicas, singers, hummers, and clappers are all regular participants. Contact songcircle@phoenixuu.org for more information.

Drummunity

Drummunity is UUCP’s rhythm section, drum circle and percussion play group. We learn and play West African rhythms on djembe, but also just enjoy sharing space and making music together. Our in-person gatherings are discontinued for now, but we look forward to meeting again soon. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact drummunity@phoenixuu.org for more information.

Other Musicians

Do you sing or play an instrument? Members are welcome to submit videos of themselves performing to be featured in our Sunday morning services. UUCP has a history of ensembles in many styles (orchestra, strings, jazz, a cappella, country, rock), and Music Director Benjie Messer is available to help musicians collaborate virtually.

Special Events

Other musical events throughout the year that are open to the whole community—evening sing-alongs, no-talent talent shows, live-streamed concerts, singing meditation workshops, and more—will be included in UUCP’s weekly Compass email newsletter.