General Assembly Choir

2019 General Assembly Choir with Director Marty Swisher

2019 General Assembly Choir with Director Marty Swisher

For many, singing in the choir is a key part of coming together as UUs at General Assembly. This year, instead of joining our voices in person, let’s join our voices in a virtual choir! Each singer will record a video of themselves singing, and those individual videos will be edited into one glorious combined video.

Choir registration is now closed.

Francisco Ruiz

Francisco Ruiz

The 2021 General Assembly Choir Director is Francisco Ruiz, Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach.

Hailing from Ecuador, Francisco Ruiz is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and music director for a variety of choirs and music groups in LA. Graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Francisco has been a vocal educator for over 8 years, touring with vocal projects and sharing his knowledge in vocal improvisation acquired by studying and performing with ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby Mcferrin and members of Voicestra: Joey Blake and Rhiannon.

He has worked with various Latin Grammy winner artists including Ivan Lins, Luis Enrique, KC Porter, Paulina Aguirre, Pablo Aguirre, Oscar Stagnaro, among others.

Working with choirs is his passion, including Selah Gospel Choir who performed at Coachella 2016 alongside DJ Tchami and featured at the “Celebrating David Bowie” concert at The Wiltern with Mike Garson, Gavin Rossdale, Holly Palmer, Bernard Fowler, Sting, among others. Francisco directed and conducted the choir at special appearances at Jimmy Kimmel Live with the legendary band U2, and was a guest conductor at The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 2 sold out shows with the GMCLA.

The career of this young teacher, arranger, choral director, pianist and multifaceted singer based in Los Angeles, California, continues to rise. Francisco spends part of his time as director of bands, including the non-profit organization "A Place Called Home" - Berklee City Music Site in LA whose mission is to provide educational programs and opportunities for low-income youth in the communities of South Central, as well as Faculty Member at the Los Angeles College of Music

We Are...

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

Tomorrow

“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