|Music at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church|
The First Jefferson Choir is a volunteer organization consisting of a core of 16-20 voices and performs a musical repertoire that includes both sacred and secular pieces ranging from Renaissance to 20th Century. Membership in the choir is open to interested singers of all ages, either as "regulars" for the full year or for specific concerts or other shorter periods of commitment. Contact Roy Redman for further information, or simply attend a regular rehearsal.
In addition to singing for the church's regular Sunday worship services, the choir presents major works in several concerts each year with orchestral accompaniment by musicians drawn from the congregation and from local musical groups. Recent works performed include the following:
Roy Redman, Director, FJUUC Choir
Roy Redman is a professional musician and a master organ builder. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in music from North Texas State University, and the Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University. In addition to having built or restored many church organs throughout the United States, Roy has been Minister of Music at a number of churches. Roy has directed the choir at FJUUC since its formation.
Rehearsal Schedule: The FJUUC Choir has a regular rehearsal Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
Our Sunday pianist is Mikhail "Misha" Berestnev, an outstanding concert pianist. Misha is from Russia, having made his debut with Rostov on Don Philharmonic Orchestra at age 11. He has studied with several outstanding Russian teachers and won many national and international contests. From 2011 to 2015 he studied with Dr. Thomas Ungar in the Artist Diploma Program at TCU. He is now studying with Professor Joaquin Achucarro in the Performance Diploma Program at SMU.
The Spectrum Chamber Group
Spectrum Chamber Music Society, Fort Worth’s oldest professional chamber music group, offers concerts in the sanctuary of First Jefferson Church. Featured are musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and friends performing popular music and hidden gems from the Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods.
Cited multiple years by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as one of the Ten Best of the Year in Classical Music, Spectrum has also been featured in concerts for the Abilene Chamber Players, Main St. Arts Festival, Twilight Musicale of the Fort Worth Euterpean Club and The Women’s Club, the music series of Texas Wesleyan University and The University of Texas at Arlington, The Basically Beethoven Festival of the Dallas Fine Arts Chamber Players, and Tarrant County College recital series, among others.
See the online church Calendar for upcoming performances.
You may visit their website at spectrumchambermusic.weebly.com.