About our Music programming
Music is both a vital part of church worship and community life at First Unitarian Church of Oakland. Our volunteer musicians and our paid music staff consider their participation a “ministry” in the true sense of the word. Music can touch the soul of the musician as well as the congregant in the pews. The reciprocal relationship that develops as a result of this ministry unites us all. Musicians at First Unitarian strive to represent the cultural diversity our congregation prizes and cultivates.

Our Music Groups

    Crescendo Choir: 30 volunteer voices, singing at 2 services per month throughout the church year (September through June), including the annual Holiday Concert. Genres performed include classical, gospel, spirituals, jazz, and folk and more.

    Joyful Noise Band: 15 volunteer instrumentalists and singers, singing 3 times each month throughout the church year (September through June), including the annual Holiday Concert. JNB offers music 10:20-10:30 before Sunday services and occasionally during worship services. JNB performs praise music in the genres of Christian, folk rock, disco, spirituals and more.

    Other Volunteer Musicians: Various combinations of musicians, from soloists, duos, trios, and larger ensembles, offering music in the above genres and more. These volunteer musicians minister to the congregation in worship services throughout the calendar year as well as in the annual Holiday Concert.

Our Music Team consists of the following:

    Stefan Schneider, co-director of Crescendo Choir, director of Joyful Noise Band

    Renée Witon, co-director of Crescendo Choir and pianist

    Geoffrey Ullerich, pianist

    Zachary Gamble, sound engineer for weekly worship services and other events

    Susan Keiter, Music Worship Associate, song leader, and music support

Interested in music at First Unitarian? Just email music@uuoakland.org

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