FUS’s two adult choirs augment worship services with selections that reinforce the message of the day. Singers experience fine music, develop their voice, strengthen music-reading and other skills, and extend their circle of friendship. Each sings a wide variety of music and takes on exciting projects. Recent years have included a tour of our sister church in Transylvania, a performance of the Duruflé Requiem at Carnegie Hall, and commissions by Stephen Paulus, Elizabeth Alexander, Jim Scott, Joe Harris, and others. For more information on either of the adult choirs, contact Drew Collins.
Who May Join? All are welcome! No previous experience necessary, no audition required, there is no fee, and you do not need to be a member of FUS.
- Meeting House Chorus sings world music, popular styles, contemporary anthems, and justice-oriented music. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
- Society Choir sings masterworks in the Western art tradition from the past 500 years. Rehearsals are Thursdays 6:30 to 8:15 p.m.
We rehearse at First Unitarian Society of Madison (GPS: 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI 53705). Park anywhere. Use the entrance to your left as you face the building. Take stairs or elevator to lower level. You will find us in Atrium Auditorium.
Virtual Option: To participate in a rehearsal via Zoom, email Drew before 5:00 p.m. on the date of the rehearsal for password and sheet music. The Zoom link is here. Please stay muted throughout. Participation in worship services must be in-person.
Appearance in Worship: Each choir sings in services about once per month. A schedule will be provided when you come to rehearsal.
Questions? For more information on either of our adult choirs, contact director Drew Collins. A section of Frequently Asked Questions is at the bottom of this page.
Meet the Director: Drew Collins is Music Director for First Unitarian Society of Madison and Assistant Director for the Madison Symphony Chorus. Previously, he held dual appointments on the choral and music education faculties for universities in Illinois, Ohio, and Connecticut, and taught in the public schools. As a conductor, he has led All State choirs and professional-level adult ensembles, toured domestically and internationally, and headlined in Carnegie Hall. His compositions are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, earthsongs, Kjos, SBMP, and Walton publishers among others. He has served as editor for three music publishing companies and has authored numerous articles on choral repertoire. Drew holds degrees from Concordia College, Boston University, and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He lives in Fitchburg with his wife and two children. firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
Meet the Accompanist: Linda Warren is Associate Music Director and Principal Pianist for First Unitarian Society of Madison. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Harp Performance and Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music, and while in college played solo recitals across the country as part of the American Harp Society’s Young Artist Program. Later she also served on the Harp Society’s Board of Directors and wrote a regular column for the American Harp Journal. Upon completion of the “Music for Healing and Transition” program, Linda often played harp at bedside at UW Hospitals and Agrace Hospice, and recorded two healing music CDs: “Devotional Music for Harp” and “Folk Songs and Lullabies.” Linda plays piano, organ and harp at our Saturday and Sunday services, and often leads other groups such as the FUS String Band, Chime Choir and Solstice Harp Ensemble. She has worked as a paid church musician since high school, having previously served Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and UCC congregations. Linda is also the registrar and newsletter editor for Madison’s Association of Church Musicians, a position she has held since 2006. She joined the FUS staff in 2005.
I’m Ready To Join! What Next? Just show up to the next rehearsal!