Our Choirs

FUS choirs will resume on September 22, 2021!

  • First Unitarian Society has been home to five choirs. In response to the pandemic, we will temporarily reconfigure to three.
  • Each choir rehearses weekly from September through May and participates in worship services throughout the year via pre-recorded video.
  • Each choir sings an eclectic array of genres and styles.
  • All are welcome! Our choirs provide excellent opportunities for learning, service, and community. Whatever your age, skill level, or experience, FUS has a choir for you! No audition is required. You do not need to be a member of FUS to participate.
  • Scroll down to view rehearsal times, safety measures, login information for virtual rehearsals, how to join, and other information. Check back soon for a more detailed calendar.

Children's Choir (ages 4-11) & Youth Choir (ages 12-18)

An important opportunity for children to develop an appreciation for fine music, develop their voice, learn music-reading and other skills, and extend their circle of friendship. We sing a wide variety of music. And it’s fun!

Who May Join  All children and teens are welcome! No previous experience necessary. No audition required. You do not need to be a member of FUS to participate.

Commitment Wednesday evenings 6:30-7 pm (ages 4-11) in the Atrium Auditorium or 7:10-7:40 (singers ages 12-18) in the Landmark Auditorium. Participation in worship services will be by video, which will be pre-recorded during rehearsal time.

Safety Measures Masks at all times for all participants regardless of vaccination status. Social distancing of 6 feet in all directions for ages 4-11 and 3 feet in all directions for ages 12-18. Rehearsal times are limited to the time of one air exchange. “Pandemic-style” hand hygiene is expected. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available at room entrance(s). Participants experiencing one or more symptoms associated with Covid-19 should stay home. A virtual option will be available for all rehearsals.

How to Join Click here to register or just show up!

More Information Contact director Heather Thorpe.

Virtual Option A virtual option is offered for all rehearsals via Zoom. Please stay muted throughout. Must be on-site to be included in pre-recorded videos for worship services. A Zoom link will be provided to you.

From the director Choirs are back! We are so excited, and hope you are, too! It is so important for children to be with other children. And singing collaboratively is never more important than in uncertain times. FUS music staff has been working with leadership to fashion the safest and most enjoyable experience possible for all our singers. Please know that I have kept up to date on the science and best practices to keep kids safe in a singing environment. Circumstances will certainly continue to change, and we will continue to adapt. Here is our plan for the year with the understanding that things WILL change. Choir rehearsals will start Wednesday, September 22.  A more in-depth calendar will be shared as we continue planning with ministers and leadership on what the fall will  look like.” –Heather Thorpe (she/her/hers), Director of Children’s & Teen Choirs for FUS

Unity Choir (adults)

Sing a wide variety of music, develop your voice, learn music-reading and other skills, extend your circle of friendship, and have fun!

Who May Join Adults. All are welcome! No previous experience necessary. No audition required. You do not need to be a member of FUS to participate.

Commitment Thursday evenings 6:30-8 pm. We will start in one location and move part-way through. Participation in worship services will be by video, which will be pre-recorded during rehearsal time.

Safety Measures Masks at all times for all participants regardless of vaccination status. Social distancing of 3 feet in all directions. Rehearsal times are limited to the time of one air exchange. “Pandemic-style” hand hygiene is expected. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available at room entrance(s). Participants experiencing one or more symptoms associated with Covid-19 should stay home. A virtual option will be available for all rehearsals.

How to Join Just show up!

More Information Contact director Drew Collins.

Virtual Option A virtual option is offered for all rehearsals. To attend rehearsal virtually, click here https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6188018338. Email drewc@fusmadison.org for the password. Please stay muted throughout. Must be on-site to be included in pre-recorded videos for worship services.

From the director “Hello, friends in song! FUS is excited to once again offer an in-person choir experience! It has never been more important to be together, to create beauty, and to contribute to worship. In recent weeks, FUS music staff has worked with leadership to ensure a safe and meaningful experience for our choirs. We have kept abreast of scientific research and best practices to keep singers of all ages safe. In order that the children and teens may have the sanctuaries to themselves, the Meeting House Chorus and Society Choir will combine to form the “FUS Unity Choir” and will rehearse only on Thursdays until the pandemic has subsided. We will begin rehearsing together on Thursday, September 23.  A more in-depth calendar will be shared as we continue planning with ministers and leadership on what the fall will need to look like. But for now, just show up and sing! Plato said, ‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.’ I’ll go one step further: Singing connects us–it nurtures the soul and sets the weary spirit free. The old hymn says it best: My life flows on in endless song above earth’s lamentation. I hear the real though far-off hymn that hails a new creation. Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing. It sounds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing! I hope you rehearse with us in person or virtually from home” –Drew Collins (he/him/his), Music Director for FUS