Music

Music Ensembles

Our worship services and special events are enriched by the musical gifts of our friends and fellow church members. Our Director of Music leads four vibrant ensembles that create special experiences for us throughout the church season.  Performing in an ensemble is a wonderful opportunity for fun and fellowship. To join an ensemble or learn more, contact T.L. Hine: choir@westhartforduu.org

Universalist Church ChoirThe Universalist Church Choir 

Everyone is welcome to sing and deepen their musical skills with the choir. Joining together in weekly rehearsals and performances is a great way to hone your craft and develop lasting friendships. The Choir provides music for Sunday worship services, holiday services and special events. 

The Universalist Church Choir rehearses most Wednesdays nights in the choir room from 7:30 - 9:00 PM.





Bell ChoirBell Choir 

You can be part of this fun ensemble playing our treasured Whitechapel hand bells. Our Bell Choir contributes music to our church services throughout the year and occasionally performs at other venues.

The ability to read music is not necessary. Experienced bell ringers will help new members master ringing technique and music fundamentals such as rhythm and note-reading. 

Membership is open to teens and adults. If you have never rung a hand bell before, come to the choir room and give it a try!  
The Universalist Bell Choir rehearses most Sunday mornings from noon until 1:00 PM.

Childrens Choir
Children’s Choir

Children in grades two through six are welcome to join the Universalist Children's Choir! The Children's Choir sings during services six to eight times a year and participates in the annual Christmas Pageant. We sing a fun and eclectic repertoire of accompanied unison songs and simple a capella part songs - the focus is placed on building essential vocal production and music literacy skills while strengthening part independence and building ensemble. 

Our Director of Music who rehearses and conducts the ensemble in performance is a certified music educator (CT: K - 12) with many years of experience working with youth choirs. The Children's Choir rehearses in the Choir Room most Sunday mornings directly following the worship service.

Universalist Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

The newest addition to our UCWH musical family! The Universalist Jazz Ensemble is a flexible group of musicians anchored by our Director of Music on the tenor saxophone and pianist Atticus Kelly and we are frequently joined by bassist Paul Fletcher. We enliven worship about once every couple of months by leading hymns in a jazz style and by playing jazz standards. 

The Universalist Jazz Ensemble rehearses on a flexible schedule. 

Anyone interested in participating (particularly horn players!) should contact Ted Hine, our Director of Music.