A Church of Music
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Music is an integral part of our weekly worship. Our staff integrates a variety of genres from a wide range of cultures! 

Choir This Month

     Although I regret to say that our bass Choral Scholar, Gerald Bennett, has resigned, I also write to introduce our newest Scholar, Steve Kerchoff, who comes with an extensive background in choral singing.

     Steve was trained in Library Science and his career with the U.S. State Department took him to embassy libraries around the world. In his travels, he usually joined a local church choir, finding that singing helped him integrate into the church community. That’s what he’s looking for with us. Here are a few highlights, from Steve’s letter of application.

     “While living in DC, I sang in the choir of Saint John’s Lafayette Square and the choir of All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church…. [I also] performed and recorded with several professional ensembles, including the Washington Bach Consort, American Repertory Singers, Palestrina Choir, Woodley Ensemble, and Washington Chamber Symphony Chorus. While living in Pretoria, South Africa, I sang in the choir of Christ Church Arcadia. While living in New Delhi, I sang with the Delhi Chamber Choir and Choraliers…. I’ve also sung with Coro Melodia in Mexico City and the Sri Lanka Symphony Chorus in Colombo, Sri Lanka.”

     Wow! Welcome, Steve!




Bradley Ellingboe

Director of Choirs

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Music This Month

     We continue to adapt to the changing conditions of the pandemic. It seems the only thing we can be sure about is continued change. Since the Church Council has affirmed outdoor worship (until it’s too cold), outdoor musical offerings continue, too—and hope the weather cooperates! Fall is often the most beautiful season in Santa Fe, so hopefully that holds true especially for Sunday mornings.

     The music-making from West Africa on August 15 was a gift, and we look forward to hearing more from Soriba Fofana, Fred Simpson, and Jesse Glass in the future! We also look forward to having our Outdoor Choir start regular Wednesday night rehearsals on September 8 and sing at the outdoor services the last two weeks of September. Director of Choirs Bradley Ellingboe will send information regarding the rehearsals soon. To maintain social distancing, we’ll still need to limit the number of singers each Sunday, but the good news is that the choir will be singing more frequently!

     On Sunday, Sept. 26, we welcome a guest pianist when I am away.

     Looking forward to seeing you all at outdoor worship!



                                          Music Director

                                          Jacquelyn Helin

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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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