Music at First United Methodist Church of Boulder
Music at First Church Boulder is an important and valued part of worship, fellowship and of the Boulder community. The church ensembles include singers, instrumentalists and bell-ringers. The Chancel Choir leads singing and provides music for the worship service each week from September until June. No audition is required, and new members of any experience level, including high school students, are welcomed. The Bell Choir plays a 5-octave set of Schulmerich hand bells, and performs in worship several times a year.
Our church building houses an historic Roosevelt pipe organ, built in 1888 by first cousins of Franklin Roosevelt. With 39 ranks, 34 stops and 2,114 pipes, it is highly prized by both our congregation and the Boulder area.
First Church Boulder serves the community by providing space for musical events, meetings, lessons, book signings and many other community activities. The sanctuary is one of the largest and most sought-after performance spaces in Boulder, and a place for the community to gather. Email Keith Heinzmann, Building Manager for booking information.
Our music ministry welcomes any and all to participate in the program. Our ensembles exist through healthy volunteerism, and there is a desire for our programs to grow. No matter what your knowledge or past experience is, your participation will make a difference. All are invited to Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord!
Meet Charlotte Warren Sass, Director of Music
Charlotte was born and raised in Colorado, but has studied, taught, and performed music across the globe. She holds a Masters in Music from Northwestern University; she has lived and taught music in Qatar; directed university choruses at Northwestern and Duke; directed children’s choruses along with university brass ensembles and various orchestras; and she has held a consistent role as a Worship & Arts Director/Worship Leader in the church. Charlotte is also a singer-songwriter, and you can find her music on most online platforms including Spotify, i-tunes, Pandora…etc. She is an accomplished conductor, vocalist, pianist, and teacher. She adores her piano and voice students, and loves to see them grow both in their music skills and as wonderful humans. As a native Coloradan, she loves anything outdoors, but she is also partial to her yoga mat. Charlotte is engaged to one of her most favorite people – Jon Powers.
The adult Chancel Choir leads singing and provides music for the worship service each week from September until June. This includes a major work with orchestra, aided by singer friends from the community, in December and May. No audition is required, and new members of any experience level, including high school students, are welcomed.
REGULAR CHANCEL CHOIR REHEARSALS: Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the choir room, and some Sunday mornings before worship (as needed).
Hand Bell Choir
This 5 octave bell choir provides radiant music for select worship services and special seasonal presentations. Bell ringers need a good comfort level reading music, but previous bell-ringing experience is not required.
For more information about Our Music Ministry:
Email Charlotte Warren Sass, Director of Music.