It’s often said that “those who sing pray twice.” At Storrs Congregational Church UCC, choral singing is a beloved part of our worship.
Our Adult Choir, under the direction of Dr. Patricia Snyder, forms the cornerstone of our music ministry. This choir enriches our worship with choral selections and assists in leading congregational singing most Sundays, September through May. Numbering between 20 and 25 regular participants, the Adult Choir’s make-up ranges from vocally skilled high school students through members of our congregation’s oldest generations, and includes a number of UConn students.
The Adult Choir’s offerings include a diverse range of material: masterworks of the classical choral repertoire across the centuries, songs from early American folk music traditions, selections from the spirituals and gospel traditions, and contemporary pieces from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
In addition to music leadership for our weekly Sunday worship services, the Adult Choir typically provides core musical leadership for special services for liturgical holidays (Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve, for example), and participate in occasional concerts and other special occasions.
The Adult Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, most weeks September through May. They also convene at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings for warm-up, rehearsal, and preparation before our 10 am Festival Worship service.
For more information, or to join, contact our Director of Music Ministry, Trisha Snyder:
Our Junior Choir, under the direction of Janice Castle, provides the opportunity to share in music learning and music making, as well as to begin engaging in choral musicianship and worship leadership, for children and youth in the older elementary and middle school grades. They typically offer music during the Sunday 10 am Festival Worship service a handful of times during each school year. Repertoire is selected based on the needs and abilities of the current group of youth participating, as well as appropriateness for the worship context in which it will be used.
The Junior Choir rehearses at 9:00 am on Sundays, most weeks September through May.
For more information, or to join, contact Janice Castle:
Sunday Morning Singers
At periodic points throughout the year, worship music is led by the “Sunday Morning Singers”, a more ad-hoc group of singers open to anyone who wants to come simply on a Sunday morning for a rehearsal before worship and then sing at that same Sunday’s service. A great opportunity for anyone who simply wants to try out singing with a choir, or whose schedule does not allow for a most-weeks commitment or attendance at Thursday evening rehearsals.
Just look for the “heads-up” in our weekly announcements and ‘This Week @ SCC’ eNews.
Solo and Small Group Offerings
We’re always open to making use of vocal soloists or small groups in our music ministry, as may fit our liturgical needs and the interests-and-abilities of the participants.
For more information, contact our Director of Music Ministry, Trisha Snyder: