UBC's choral history stretches back nearly 150 years. An early mention of University Baptist Church's choir dates from a church report in the early 1870's, about twenty years after the church's founding. Professional section leaders have been employed for about the last forty years. Today's Chorale sings about three Sundays per month for our 10 a.m. worship service and provides the primary musical leadership for the majority of services.
The Chorale sings a broad range of anthems from Renaissance motets to Baroque anthems to Romantic classics to spirituals to modern texts based on poetry, both accompanied and a cappella. We occasionally perform or premiere works by composers in the congregation, as well as other Twin Cities composers. Choir members interested in conducting skills are welcome to prepare and conduct a piece during the year.
Outside of normal service leadership, the Chorale occasionally sings the national anthem for sporting events, visits homebound people to sing, and teams up with neighboring churches for larger works. Joint works in recent years include a solstice event of Night Songs with University Lutheran Church of Hope, Brahms' motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben? with Judson Memorial Baptist Church, and seasonal pick-up choirs with First Congregational Church. The UBC Chorale is part of an emerging network of choruses welcoming former members of prison choirs as they begin their next chapter of life.