MUSIC AT WUU
Music at WUU is an integral and vibrant part of worship. Under the direction of Dr. Jamie Bartlett, Director of Music, the WUU Choir sings at the 11:15 worship service twice monthly from September through May. The mixed voice choir, comprised of more than 30 members, performs a wide repertoire including classical anthems, spirituals, contemporary compositions, and jazz pieces. A special work is presented each year at the St. Cecilia’s Day service in November, often featuring instrumental and vocal soloists from the nearby College of William and Mary, where Dr. Bartlett is an Associate Professor and current chair of the Music Department. All are welcome to participate in the choir. Jamie shares her vast knowledge of vocal and choral technique in a fun and inspiring manner, helping singers reach their highest potential. The result is a rewarding experience for both singers and the congregation!
Pianist Dave Robbins accompanies the choir and guest musicians, supports congregational singing, and provides special music for services and other occasions. Dave is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a doctoral student in Arts Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is actively involved in many genres of musical performance in the community with a special talent in improvisation, and brings a high level of knowledge, creativity and technical excellence to the music program at WUU.
The work of WUU music staff is supported by the Music Team, which meets quarterly. Membership is open to all. The team aspires to involve congregants and community musicians in providing music that supports worship and programming and reflects diversity of styles and cultures.
In addition to the choir and solo musicians, a number of vocal and instrumental ensembles perform through the course of the year, including:
UURhythmics– Instrumental and vocal combo presenting topical music from rock, pop and folk sources
Out of the Woods– Recorder consort playing music from the Renaissance to contemporary
WUU String Band– Old Time and Americana music
Women’s Choir– Harmony singing for women, often a cappella
Chalice Singers-Mixed small choir
Tabernacle Band and Choir– A come-all opportunity for everyone who enjoys singing and playing.
Additional participants and ideas for inspirational music are always welcome and are invited. For more information, please speak with Dr. Bartlett or Jane Ferguson, chair of the Music Team, or contact the Music Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.