Our Choirs

Virtual Choirs at FUS

All are welcome! You don’t have to be a member of FUS, have sung in one of our choirs, or even be a resident of the Madison area. 

Here’s how to join the fun:

  1. You might need two devices: one for listening, the other for recording. (For example, a computer and a smartphone.)
  2. Optional: If you would like to view or print the sheet music, click here.
  3. On one device, open this video. Please use headphones or earbuds, so that you can hear the video.
  4. On the other device, record as you sing along with this video. (Please don’t harmonize or sing as a round. Just sing what Drew sings.)
  5. Email your file to drewc@fusmadison.org. It may be possible for your performance to memorialize a loved one; if you’d like, you may include their name and birth/death dates in your email.

Also Note:

  • Videos may feature one or more singers.
  • If you have any problems making a video, contact drewc@fusmadison.org for help or to set up a time to come to FUS to make a “drive-thru recording”!
  • Recordings will be accepted on a “rolling” basis. Submit a video any time.
  • Stay tuned to https://www.fusmadison.org/music/choirs/ for future Virtual Choir opportunities.
  • Invite friends and family to submit their own videos!

Virtual Choir Video #1

Adult Choirs

Virtual Gatherings for the 2020-2021 Program Year.

The choirs of First Unitarian Society have a long-standing reputation for singing quality choral music representing an eclectic array of styles. The choirs rehearse weekly from September through May preparing music for worship once a month and for special seasonal programs. Our choirs provide excellent opportunities for learning, service, and experiencing community. Recent years have included a choir tour of our sister church in Transylvania and a performance of the Durufle Requiem at Carnegie Hall. For more information on either of the adult choirs, contact Music Director Drew Collins.


The Society Choir

The Society Choir sings music of the masters from all periods, and every spring sings a major choral work with instruments as part of our All Music Sunday tradition. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30.


The Meeting House Chorus

The Meeting House Chorus sings alternative music: contemporary anthems, world music, and Spirituals. The chorus rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30.

Children and Youth Choirs

Virtual Gatherings for the 2020-2021 Program Year. Zoom links available on the homepage. Please be sure to sign up below.

Three graded choirs, under the direction of Heather Thorpe, provide an important opportunity for children and youth to develop an appreciation for fine music while extending their circle of friendship at First Unitarian Society. All the choirs rehearse on Wednesday evening in the Music Rehearsal Room near the Atrium Auditorium. Childcare is provided. For more information on any of the choirs below, contact Heather Thorpe.

Cherub Choir

The Cherub Choir, youngsters four years old through second grade, rehearse from 6:30 to 6:55 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.

Choristers

The Choristers welcome children in the third through seventh grade and rehearse from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.

The Teen Choir

Singers from eighth grade through high school rehearse from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.