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.

2023 In-person or Virtual Choir registration coming soon.

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.

2022 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

2022 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 2023 General Assembly Choir Director, Clif Hardin,!

Clif has lived in the Washington, DC area most of his life. He and his wife, Jan, are the proud parents of three daughters.

Clif has served as music director for many opera and music theatre productions through the years. More importantly, he started working as Music Director at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in 1983, thinking it would be steady employment until his “real job” came along. Gradually, River Road became his main focus. There, he works with the adult choir and three youth choirs. He regularly arranges and composes for those groups as well as composing piano music for services. Visit the River Road UU Congregation website for more information their music program.

Clif recently completed writing the music for a new family musical called Oink! A Pigsical. Fully staged productions are targeted for the spring and summer of 2016.

Clif holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (BM in piano and theory), the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (MM in conducting), and the University of Maryland (DMA in choral performance).

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