Choirs

Follen has two extremely active choirs for students in grades 2-12. Students from grades 2-5 sing in the Children’s Choir and students from grades 6-12 sing in the Youth Choir.

Singers learn music important to our Unitarian Universalist faith, as well as traditional pieces important to Follen Church. The choirs typically sing once a month in our services, at our annual Pageant performance, at Christmas Eve, and in our annual Gilbert and Sullivan musical theatre production.

Operetta

In mid-June the combined Youth and Children’s choirs perform a fully-staged and double-cast Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta – a tradition that has lasted for over 50 years. These performances and all the work that leads up to them are a true celebration of the Follen community, as over 50 children and all their parents collaborate with energetic joy on an event that brings pride and self-confidence, as well as fun, to all involved. Sold-out audiences enjoy it tremendously. The operas performed in rotation include “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Iolanthe,” “The Yeomen of the Guard,” “Patience,” “Ruddygore,” and “The Gondoliers.”

Registration

Religious Education registration is required for participation in the Youth and Children’s Choir. Register online for the 2017-18 year. A small fee is collected to cover snack and costs associated with our musical theatre production. If you are unable to pay, please reach out to musicdirector@follen.org individually. Important dates for next year (as of June 2017) are listed below.

Rehearsal Times

Children’s Choir rehearses from 4-5pm on Mondays in the Anne Smith Room.
Youth Choir rehearses from 5-6pm on Mondays in the Sanctuary.
We follow the Lexington Public Schools calendar for vacations, holidays, and inclement weather.

Important Dates for 2017-2018 Choirs

September 11: Weekly rehearsals begin

October 1: Children’s Choir rehearses at 8:30 and sings at 9:30

October 1: Youth Choir rehearses at 10:30 and sings at 11:30

November 19: Children’s Choir rehearses at 8:30 and sings at 9:30

November 19: Youth Choir rehearses at 10:30 and sings at 11:30

December 17: Both Choirs Rehearse at 2:15pm; Pageant begins at 4:30pm in the Sanctuary

December 24: Youth Choir members are invited (not required) to rehearse at 6pm and sing at both the 7:30 and 9:30pm services, alongside alumni of the Youth Choir program

February 4: Children’s Choir rehearses at 8:30 and sings at 9:30

February 4: Youth Choir rehearses at 10:30 and sings at 11:30

March 4;:Children’s Choir rehearses at 8:30 and sings at 9:30

March 4: Youth Choir rehearses at 10:30 and sings at 11:30

April 1 (Easter): Children’s Choir rehearses at 8:30 and sings at 9:30

April 1 (Easter): Youth Choir rehearses at 10:30 and sings at 11:30

May 6: Children’s Choir rehearses at 8:30 and sings at 9:30

May 6: Youth Choir rehearses at 10:30 and sings at 11:30

June 10: All Choirs are invited (not required) to rehearse at 9am and sing in the 10:30am service