There are many opportunities to participate in the arts here at First Unitarian!


Calling all music-makers! Did you know there are many opportunities here at First Unitarian to showcase your love of playing an instrument or singing? To register for any of the following ensembles and classes, use this form. Please note that vaccination is highly encouraged but not required to participate. However, masking is mandatory regardless of vaccination status. Have a question? Contact Music Director Thommy Snell, or phone 585-271-9070 x110.


First Unitarian Choir: Our beloved First Unitarian Choir meets outdoors (weather permitting) or online every other Wednesday night from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM. We’ll work on singing technique, musicianship skills, and work on diverse repertoire of sacred and secular songs from all eras and genres. Singers of all genders and voice parts who are in high school or older are welcome to join—no audition necessary! Rehearsal dates: Sept. 22; Oct, 6, 20; Nov. 3, 17; Dec. 1, 15. (No choir rehearsal on Dec. 29).

Bell Choir: Which musical ensemble combines artistry with athletics, expression with ergonomics, musicianship with muscle (our lightest bell weighs only 2 oz., and our heaviest bell weighs 7 lbs., 2 oz.), and technique with teamwork? Bell Choir! No ringing experience is necessary – the fundamentals of bell ringing will be taught during our weekly rehearsals. Bell Choir rehearses weekly on Tuesday nights from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A strong sense of rhythm as well as music reading skills in either treble or bass clef are required. Rehearsal dates: Sept. 21, 29; Oct. 5, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14, 21. (No bell rehearsals on Oct. 12, Nov. 23, or Dec. 28)

Ukulele for Beginners: Have you been longing to tiptoe through the tulips? Are your thoughts currently somewhere over the rainbow? We are offering a free Ukulele for Beginners course! The uke has risen in popularity lately and is being played by everyone from Hawaiians to hipsters. No instrumental experience or music reading ability is needed to participate. We’ll learn chords, strum patterns, and how to pluck out a melody; you’ll be making music in no time! This 9-week course meets on Thursday nights from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM, beginning on Sept. 23. Please indicate if you’d like to borrow a ukulele when you RSVP. Class dates: Sept. 23, 30; Oct.7, 21, Oct 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18 (last class).(No Uke class on Oct. 14).

First Unitarian Ukulele Orchestra: Inspired by the legendary ukulele orchestras of the world, this fun-loving ensemble plays music in multiple parts and in a wide range of styles. Past selections include the Beatles, Bach, bossa nova, Celtic, klezmer, and UU hymns. This group is open to advanced beginners, such as those who have taken our Ukulele for Beginners course or are otherwise comfortable playing chords and reading TAB notation. Baritone uke and bass uke players are also welcome! Rehearsals take place on Sundays from 11:45 AM-12:30 PM. Rehearsal dates: Sept. 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19 (Holiday Jam!) No rehearsal on Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 26.

Full Moon Drum Circle: Drum away your pandemic stress as we celebrate the rhythms of nature. On the Friday nearest the full moon, we will gather outdoors, weather permitting, or safely distanced in the Sanctuary. All ages are welcome to participate, but K-5 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own drum, or use one of the church’s. Drum Circles will take place from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM on Oct. 22 and Nov. 19. There will be no drum circle in December—come to our Solstice service instead!


If you play an instrument at an advanced level and are interested in offering special music during services, we’d love to hear from you! We’re hoping to have a diverse offering of solos and small ensembles in our worship this year.

Contact: Email Thom Snell or call 585-271-9070 x110

Café Veritas Concerts

Café Veritas presents concerts on the first Saturday of the month in the church Sanctuary usually approximately 7 months a year. Our concerts include a local opening act followed by a full concert by a nationally known singer/songwriter from the folk/blues/acoustic tradition. We believe: The singer/songwriter genre is a musical and poetic manifestation of the examined life. 

Café Veritas is run by a group of volunteers who love this type of music and want to promote it in Rochester, New York. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Linda Hazel or Terry Shulman.

Concert schedule and ticket information can be found at

FirstLight Players

Our drama group welcomes people who are interested in becoming part of the community of performers, artists and organizers who put on our productions. We need people who perform, design & build sets, design & construct costumes, gather and organize props, create and print programs, do publicity, refreshments, tickets, etc.

For other updates and information, visit the FirstLight Players Facebook page.

Williams Gallery Art Committee

The Williams Gallery Art Committee provides opportunities for our congregation and the community to enjoy art by arranging for rotating exhibits in the David Rhys Williams Gallery.

Contact: Email Irene Burnet

AV Volunteers

Our AV Team is looking for tech-minded volunteers to assist our professional AV Technician in running sound, lighting, video, and projection during our services. Training will be provided. The time commitment would be one service a weekend, once or twice a month. Many hands make light work!

Contact: Email Thom Snell or call 585-271-9070 x110