Draw the Circle Wide by Mark A. Miller

Performed by the First Universalist Church of Rochester Virtual Choir

Brock Tjosvold, music director/piano, Brian Mumey, video design, Jerald J. Creer, Deaf ASL Interpreter

When you step into our sanctuary, you'll notice painted tapestries, stained glass windows, the glint of organ pipes, and the history behind the wooden floors and pews.  But when a note is played, a chord is struck, or a voice is lifted, you'll feel the beauty and warmth of this sacred space.  Music is an essential part of worship here at First Universalist.  It helps us to go "beyond words."  Musical selections cover a broad range of styles and genres, from classical to contemporary to folk, and are carefully selected by our Music Director to reflect that Sunday's theme. Our choir rehearses every Sunday morning from September to June, and their voices regularly fill the sanctuary during service. Our congregation is blessed with many talented musicians, and we are especially grateful to have Keith Stott, a living composer in our congregation. 


Eastman At Washington Square - Currently Virtual!

We enjoy hosting free concerts presented by the Eastman School of Music every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. throughout the school year, running for roughly 30-45 minutes. The complete schedule can be found at the Eastman Community Music School website.  Brown bag lunches are welcome during the performance; admission is free.  

Find more details on our Facebook Event Page

Fall 2020 COVID Update!

This fall Eastman @ WS concerts will be streamed LIVE from the Eastman Campus in Sproull Atrium from October 15 – November 19 and in the Karen Rettner Community Music Center of Messinger Hall in December.

Performances on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. will be streamed live. 

Fall 2020 Performances

October 15: Lunchtime Jazz with Bob Sneider and Charlie Pillow

October 22: Students from the studio of  Steven Doane & Rosemary Elliott

October 29: Jazz Trumpet from Clay Jenkins’ Studio

November 5: The Rosa Boemia Trio

November 12: Carl Galland, clarinet and Evelyn Lam, piano

November 19: Renaissance music with Kenneth Kam, lute

December 3: Blaire Koerner, Bassoon

December 10: Flute Duets with Hayley Grainger and Katie Uetz

December 17: Letitia Jap, violin and E-Na Song, piano

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Our Hope-Jones, Opus 2 Pipe Organ Circa 1908
Robert Hope-Jones is not exactly a household name, yet his innovations in organ building have profoundly influenced the history of the instrument in the 20th century. First Universalist is very fortunate to be connected with the Hope-Jones legacy in a very significant way, for it possesses one of the few surviving Hope-Jones organs in its original form.

Our "No Hell Players" recorder group plus vocalists from the choir make music for a summer service.

Enjoy a free concert presented by Eastman at Washington Square every Thursday at 12:15pm,
October - April


Music for our summer services is volunteer driven. Every Sunday is a unique and wonderful surprise!