General Assembly Choir

2019 General Assembly Choir with Director Marty Swisher

2019 General Assembly Choir with Director Marty Swisher

Each year a talented group of choral singers gathers to practice and perform for the General Assembly (GA) audience. Typically the choir participates in the Sunday Morning Worship and the Closing Celebration, and sometimes other events or hymn sings during GA. For many, singing in the choir is a key part of coming together as UUs at General Assembly.

This year, General Assembly will have two choirs: both in-person and online.

Register for In-person or Virtual Choir

Participants must be registered for General Assembly to participate in choir (though you may register for choir prior to registering for GA). Choir registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The in-person choir is capped at 80 singers with balanced sections. The virtual choir is capped at 100. All participants must contribute toward the cost of choir octavos, payable by MasterCard or Visa at the time of choir registration. Financial support is available. If all available choir spots fill, a waiting list will be formed.

In-Person Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Wednesday, June 22, 2:00 - 3:15 pm Pacific (Choir Practice Room)
Thursday, June 23 5:45 - 7 pm Pacific (Choir Practice Room)
Friday, June 24, 5:30 - 6:45 pm Pacific (Choir Practice Room)
Saturday, June 25 1:30 - 3:00 pm Pacific (General Session Hall, tech rehearsal, conflicts with programming)

Participation at all rehearsals will be expected. The in-person choir will perform at the Sunday Morning Worship on June 26 (see full GA schedule).
Attire: all black, shoulder to toe

Virtual Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, April 18 at 5:30 pm Pacific / 8:30 pm Eastern - Full group rehearsal
Wednesday, April 20 at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern Sectionals
Saturday, April 23 at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern - Full group rehearsal
Monday, April 25 at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern - Sectionals
Wednesday, April 27 at 5:30 pm Pacific / 8:30 pm Eastern - Full group rehearsal - may not be held if not needed.

The sectionals and third group rehearsal are optional and recordings of practices will be available. Rehearsals are about 1 to 1.5 hours long and will allow singers to see each other, listen to their parts, sing along, and ask questions. Final video submissions will be due May 8. The virtual choir performance will be presented during the Closing Celebration on June 26.

Choir Director

We are excited to welcome our 2022 General Assembly Choir Director, Allison King,! Allison has been a UU Music Director since 1998. Originally from California, she came to Portland to pursue a graduate degree in Vocal Performance from Portland State University. Allison has sung with the Portland Opera Chorus, appeared with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and has been a featured soloist for various groups around the Portland area. While in California, she was very involved with musical theatre, and has acted, directed, choreographed, sang, or danced in over 50 productions. Her first job as a UU Music Director was at the West Hills Fellowship, where she stayed for 7 1/2 years. She filled in at Eastrose Fellowship for a year, followed by 7 years at the UU Church in Hillsboro. She has most recently been the Music Director at the UU Congregation at Willamette Falls in Oregon City. She also directs the Touch of Class Chorale in Vancouver, WA.

We Are...

“We Are…” by Ysaÿe Barnwell; Performed by the 2020 GA Virtual Choir, Directed by Benjie Messer; Soloist: Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell


“Tomorrow” by Kate and Justin Miner; Performed by the 2020 GA Virtual Choir, Directed by Benjie Messer

Members of the choir, wearing colorful stoles, sing from their music folders

2019 General Assembly Choir

Seven members of the GA Choir hold their songbooks and sing.

2018 General Assembly Choir