A Church of Music
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Music is an integral part of our weekly worship. Each week a variety of music is offered in the virtual service and at the

in-person Sunday Service.  

Choir This Month

     Once again, United and my Albuquerque-based group, Coro Lux, are co-sponsoring a “come one, come all” Choral Festival. Previous “JanFests” were on Martin Luther King weekend, but we’ve moved the event to Black History Month and renamed it FebFest. The festival celebrates the musical and cultural contributions of African Americans. This year’s celebration, There Is a Balm in Gilead, runs all day Saturday, Feb. 19, and culminates with morning worship and an afternoon concert Sunday, Feb. 20. All events are at United.

     The cost is $65, which includes Saturday lunch and copies of the music we’ll sing on Sunday. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for all singers.

     Our guest clinician is Dr. Rosephanye Powell of Auburn University, an internationally recognized composer, conductor, and singer. An added bonus is an inspirational talk and book-signing by Richard Antoine White, about his journey from the Baltimore ghetto to a successful career in music. His new autobiography I’m Possible has been featured on the Today Show, and the talk shows of Jimmy Fallon and Trevor Noah.

     A free-will offering at Sunday’s concert benefits NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Health. For more information or to register, visit



Bradley Ellingboe

Director of Choirs

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Music This Month

  Happy New Year! It is wonderful to plan music for indoor worship, to be back in the Sanctuary on the Steinway, and to hear all of you singing the congregational hymns! We kick off January with special musical offerings of some of our young people:  


  • Epiphany Sunday (Jan. 2), the Smucker String Trio of Jessica, Sasha and Jack play an arrangement of We Three Kings.

  • Jan. 30, Luke and Jaden Rand will play.

  • Feb. 19-20: Mark your calendars for the United Church and Coro Lux joint FebFest, a weekend choral festival at the United on the theme, There Is a Balm in Gilead. Participate and sing in the workshop on Saturday and plan to attend worship as well as the concert on Sunday afternoon! (See Bradley Ellingboe’s column below more information.)

  • Sunday, Feb. 27, the Andy Kingston Trio and family offer their wonderful jazz for the Mardi Gras Services (in-person and online)! Wishing you all a healthy and happy New Year!

Jacquelyn Helin

Music Director

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As People of faith, we’re called to “make a joyful noise,” and we try our best to do just that at United. Reach out to our music staff, and join in!

If you play an instrument, whatever your age, then please let Music Director Jacquelyn Helin know ( Music at United is played not only on the Steinway Piano in the Sanctuary, but also on drums, violins, guitars, trumpets, and lots of other instruments, too.

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