Music at UU Middleboro

Music Musings

WELCOME TO MAY

Such an exciting time of the year as we enter warmer days of growing light and new beginnings. On May 22 we will celebrate Music Sunday with a special worship service called “Considering Music.” You can read more about this service in our calendar line-up of Sunday descriptions. The “music department” is very busy preparing and practicing for a program that we hope will be thoughtful and nourishing for us all.

We are also thinking forward into June when we will celebrate Rev. Sarah’s retirement on June 11. She has been a stalwart supporter of our music program at UU Middleboro, and we will miss her rich contralto voice and steadfast support.  Events of the day will include a program in the sanctuary at 2:00, followed by an outdoor reception of light refreshments. Mark your calendars now and keep a lookout for your invitation and RSVP information.

Carry on, and SING while you’re at it!

Susan Hotchkiss
Director of Music

Upcoming musical events


Our Instruments

Installed in the chancel, we have an historic Woodberry & Harris tracker organ, circa 1890. The original manual pump was replaced with a motor when Middleboro Main Street was wired for electricity. There are two manuals (Swell and Great) plus a 27-note pedal board, and the mechanism is fully mechanical. The organ was most recently by Andover Organ Company in 2014 and is listed in the Organ Historical Society Database.

In the spring of 2019, the church purchased a new Mason & Hamlin baby grand piano. This piano was hand-made in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and produces state-of-the-art depth and quality of sound.

Music at UU Middleboro

Music at the First UU Society of Middleboro is foundational to who we are, how we worship, and why we stay connected as a community. We are a “singing congregation” with an intention to build a musical community. We invite our members to explore a variety of musical styles, to focus on excellence rather than perfection, to support Sunday morning worship, and to carry our ministry out into the community.

Our Music Makers: Singers and Instrumentalists

The Chalice Choir is open to all and sings every other Sunday, making room for other solos and ensembles to share their musical offerings on alternate Sundays. Tuesday evenings are set aside for choir rehearsal from 7:00-8:30. Sunday morning is set aside for musicians to prepare for worship.

As needed, we form Caring Choirs to visit members and friends who are shut in and would like to hear or sing music from our two hymnals, Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey. Larger Caring Choirs participate in programs for nursing homes, shelters, and community events. Caroling is always a popular activity.

We support music in children’s Religious Education by sending choir members into Sunday morning classes and creating a Family Choir for special services during the year.  

We have many fine instrumentalists in our congregation who share their gifts in worship as well as fundraising activities. Instruments include guitar, ukulele, mandolin, flute, recorder, crumhorn, trumpet, percussion, double bass, and hammered dulcimer. We are open to more!