Music at First Church

Music at First Church

Our Music Program

The First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee affirms music as a vitally important spiritual resource. Just as we can learn from Jesus, Buddha, & Mohammed, so too can we learn from J.S. Bach, John Coltrane & Joan Baez.

Indeed, our Sunday services are filled with music as varied as the beliefs of our congregation. Our Music Directors program an eclectic array of music selections to support and enhance the exploration of each weekly sermon topic. On any given Sunday, you might hear classical repertoire, showtunes, folk, jazz, pop or rock–the possibilities are endless!

Our sanctuary boasts a recently restored and refurbished 1917 Steinway B grand piano, as well as a pipe organ installed by Chicago’s Berghaus Organ Co. using a number of original pipes from an 1892 organ. Additionally, a 6’3″ Baldwin L grand piano provides musical options in beautiful Max Otto Hall on the second floor.

Our program is led by the following staff members:

  • Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director (alissarhode[at]me[dot]com)
  • Jack Forbes Wilson, Resident Artist (jackforbeswilson[at]aol[dot]com)
  • Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director (tstrelitzer[at]gmail[dot]com)

Our church offers a rich variety of opportunities to blossom through musical expression:

  • First Unitarian Chancel Choir.  Directed by Tristan Strelitzer, our choir is typically comprised of about 25 adults, traditionally expanding for the Holiday Choir that performs for Winter and Christmas services
  • Friends & Family Singers.  Directed by Alissa Rhode, our multigenerational group of singers from Grades 1 to 100 performs periodically throughout the year.
  • Soloists, House Band and Ad Hoc Ensembles. Our three Music Directors are frequently joined by talented First Church members, friends, and guests.

If you’re interested in learning more about any of the above opportunities, please contact Alissa Rhode.