While our congregation is blessed with a dazzling assortment of talented musicians who grace our services with their craft, we believe that congregational singing is the musical heart and soul of worship at FUUN. Each Sunday service begins with Morning Songs – ten minutes of congregational singing. From traditional hymns to chants and rounds, or contemporary songs drawn from pop/rock/gospel/world music, Morning Songs remind us that what we sing is who we are. FUUN’s mission and vision statement make it clear that we celebrate diversity in all its forms, and our common song is no exception to this commitment. So sing with all your heart, and make a joyful noise!
FUUN has a commitment to excellence in the choral arts. The choirs sing from a broad repertoire of classics and contemporary pieces, everything from Gregorian Chant to Bach, all the way to the Blues, Jazz, Broadway, and even Country. We are dedicated to promoting music by contemporary Unitarian Universalist composers – folks like Tom Benjamin, Jim Scott, Elizabeth Alexander, Clif Hardin, Jason Shelton, Nick Page and Ysaye Barnwell
Our Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. (childcare is provided). The choir sings twice a month for both Sunday services. Twice a year, the group swells its ranks to present two “Music Sunday” services, where the music is the message. The choir also serves as ambassadors for our congregation at the local and regional level, performing in the community and at special events. (See the 2011 Music Sunday videos of Sources: A Unitarian Universalist Cantata.) In 2017, our choir joined forces at General Assembly for the premiere of the Ruby Bridges Suite.
A 16 voice auditioned group of skilled singing musicians rehearses once a month to sing the first Sunday of each month, October through June. This group usually performs a cappella repertoire at a high level of musicianship. Sight-singing skills, individual preparation, and part independence are a must.
How to Join
New singers age 16 and older are welcome to join choir throughout the year. With our schedule, beginning in August and January are the best times, but rolling admission is welcome. Contact our Director of Music Ministries at the office to schedule a brief meet & greet and voice placing.
Children and Youth Music Ministry
At FUUN, we recognize the importance of a musical heritage for our children and youth. The songs children learn stick with them for their whole lives. We are currently in dialog and discernment about how best to minister through music with our children and youth beyond the Sunday service.
If you are interested in participating in Music Ministry at FUUN, please contact Jaie Tiefenbrunn (music@theFUUN.org), Director of Music Ministries
At least once a month, our special music is provided by skilled musicians, both from within our congregation and as visiting guest artists. We also frequently sing world music and apply African drumming rhythms during our Morning Songs. If you are an instrumental musician or soloist, and would like to share your gifts and abilities with our community, please contact Jaie.
How to Speak “Hymnal”
Twice a year, Jaie leads entertaining and informative workshops on reading hymns. Learn the basics of the written language of music, so that you can sing more confidently on Sunday mornings. Contact her for the next date.
- Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network
- Yelton Rhodes Music – publisher of many works by Unitarian Universalist composers, including Jason Shelton
Jaie Tiefenbrunn, Director of Music Ministries
Jaie joined FUUN in 2017 upon completing her Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Portland State University. It was during her years living in the Pacific Northwest that she discovered her calling to worship music, and is very pleased to have joined the staff at FUUN in her ‘dream job’ in a warmer, sunnier climate.
Jaie discovered Unitarian Universalism in 2001, and found a place that she felt spiritually at home. Her first appointment as Music Director was at Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Angeles, WA. She later served as Choir Director at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sequim, WA. Involved with community theater since the age of 10, Jaie joined the pool of directors for Olympic Theatre Arts, and produced, directed, and starred in a number of musicals and revues.
Jaie is a consummate vocal musician: a skilled, expressive performer, conductor, rehearsal technician, vocal coach, composer, and arranger. Jaie is an advocate for good singing in her choral rehearsals, and teaches private and small group lessons in vocal technique at her home studio. As a composer and arranger herself, she advocates programming quality pieces by living and underrepresented composers. Prior to her time on the west coast, she studied Vocal Performance at Ithaca College, and performed in the Boston metro area with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and at local Renaissance Festivals.
Susan Snyder, Church Pianist
Susan has been our church pianist since the Fall of 1999. Susan grew up in Canaan, CT where she started playing piano at the age of 4. She majored in piano performance at Indiana University music school where she also continued to study organ and accompanied many instrumentalist. Susan has worked as the pianist, organist and music director in many churches in California, Arizona and Nashville TN. She worked as a ballet class pianist for the Phoenix Ballet Company and the Nashville Ballet company as well as in their ballet schools. She has accompanied voice students at USC in Los Angeles California, ASU in Phoenix AZ and at Belmont University here in Nashville. Susan has taught private piano lessons for over 35 years and continues to teach private lessons here in Nashville. Feel free to email Susan if you have a child interested in studying piano or if you would like to study piano yourself. Susan teaches all ages from 7 years old on up to adults. All skill levels are welcome.