Music programs for children and youth have a long, strong tradition at First Unitarian Portland with one choir, three handbell groups, and a band for teenagers. Here, we nurture creativity, artistry, and connection to the spirit. All are welcome!

Zeke Fetrow, Associate Director of Music, Handbell Programs
Dustin Hunley, Associate Director of Music, Children and Youth
DeReau Farrar, Director of Music

Chime Kids


Sophia Singers

Our youngest group of singers designed to meet the developmental needs of kinder, first and second graders. We play musical games that involve singing and movement as we explore our voices, learn how to follow a director, and have fun making music together. Sophia Singers may perform occasionally but more emphasis is given to the process. Sophia Singers will meet Sundays, 10:30-11:15 am in A201. The first rehearsal will be Sunday, September 27. Please contact Dustin Hunley.

Youth Jam Ensemble

is a new group for students in grades 7-12.  Singers, songwriters, and/or instrumentalists of all varieties are invited to offer their talents to this diverse group of young people.  Our goals include learning new instruments and techniques, improving vocal skills, improvisation, and working together as a group.  This ensemble will work to support other ensembles at First Unitarian, as well as playing with the youth in the spring for the youth led service. Please contact Dustin Hunley.

UU Women’s Choir

High School Women (grades 9-12) are encouraged to join this choir. UU Women’s Choir rehearses on Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm in the sanctuary. Please contact John Boelling.

Warbington Chime Choir

Warbington Chimes is a great opportunity for young musicians in grades 3, 4 and 5 to learn to read music and to gain experience making music in a group where independence is a key. Warbington Chimes rehearse on Sundays, September through April, between services 10:30-11:15 am in the Chime Room. The atmosphere is always fun and the camaraderie is very special! Warbington Chimes ring for concerts and special occasions. All are welcome. If interested in having your child participate in Warbington Chimes, please contact Zeke Fetrow.

Beacon Bells

Beacon Bells, an ensemble for young musicians in grades 6 through 8, is the initial opportunity for our young musicians to master bronze handbells. Beacon Bells were founded in 1983 and carry a long, strong tradition of handbells at First Unitarian Church. They rehearse on Monday evenings, 5:30-6:30 pm in the Daisy Bingham room September through April. Music reading ability is a plus, but not a requirement. Musicians continue to learn musical skills, gain self confidence and pride in making music together. Beacon Bells ring for concerts and special occasions. All are welcome. If interested in having your child participate in Beacon Bells, please contact Zeke Fetrow.

Marguerite Bells

Marguerite Bells, an ensemble of high school musicians, grades 9 through 12 was founded in 1984. This group of advanced high school musicians belong to an ensemble is named for the late Religious Education Director, the Rev. Marguerite Hessler Deale. Marguerite Bells rehearse September through April, 8-9 pm in Daisy Bingham room. Members of Marguerite’s ring for services, such as the annual Youth Service, special events and concerts. it is clear that they have developed poise and confidence through their years of making music together. All are welcome. If interested in participating in Marguerite Bells, please contact Zeke Fetrow.