Music and Choir
East Shore Unitarian Church is blessed with an abundance of musical talent and enthusiasm within the congregation. Led by Interim Director of Music Eric Lane Barnes, our Sunday services include a wide variety of congregational songs (often including pop songs, show tunes, jazz standards, songs from various spiritual traditions and, of course, Unitarian hymns.) Each service features several Musical Celebrations, which may be a vocal soloist/duet/ensemble, and numerous combinations of guitars, ukuleles, drums, flutes, saxophones, violas, pianos – our roster of service performers is truly endless and delightfully eclectic. ESUC also periodically presents guest appearances by visiting choirs and performing groups such as Rhythms of India, and The Beijing Queer Chorus.
East Shore Choir
Twice each month (sometimes more!) the East Shore Choir sings during the service, filling the sanctuary with exquisite musical joy, laughter, light and love. The East Shore Choir continues to break new ground exploring new styles of music and presentation, drawing inspiration from a wide variety of choral, theatrical, classical and world traditions. Membership in the choir is open to all – no audition or even church membership are required. We rehearse in the sanctuary on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Rehearsals are joyous, engaging, invigorating and sometimes moving. As one East Shore Choir member said, “The minute I leave rehearsal I immediately look forward to the next one. I have never had more fun while singing, or felt more connected with myself and my choir family.” Join us! You’ll be glad you did! For more information contact Eric Lane Barnes.
Children & Youth Choir
There are two new programs beginning in March of 2018. One is the East Shore Children & Youth Choir, which is open to any young person between the ages of 6 and 18. (RE registration is required so we have emergency contact information) Co-led by East Shore Religious Education instructors and Interim Director of Music, Eric Lane Barnes, the East Shore Youth Choir is a way of involving and integrating our next generation in church services and activities. The East Shore Children & Youth Choir will sing during four services spread throughout the East Shore year.
The Big Sing
Our second exciting new development is The Big Sing: a family-friendly series that invites everyone to bring their voices, instruments, bodies and souls to the church to sing along to their favorite songs. Our inaugural Big Sing takes place March 4 at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We are kicking our Big Sing series off with The Beatles. Lyrics will be projected on a large screen in the sanctuary; musicians will jam along as you and your friends and family belt out ‘Yesterday,’ ‘Eight Days a Week,’ ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Yellow Submarine,’ ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘Come Together,’ ‘All You Need is Love’ and … well, pretty much any Beatles song your heart desires! The Big Sing is part of the new East Shore Village project, led by the Outreach Team, which will present numerous family-friendly gathering events at the church, such as game nights, movie nights and sing-alongs.
As you can see, the music program at East Shore Unitarian Church is bursting with life and countless engaging opportunities. As Stevie Wonder says, ‘Music is a world within itself – it’s a language we all understand.’ Come explore and enjoy life through music at East Shore Unitarian Church!