Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is a non-audition community of adult singers anchored by four professional section leaders. We lead vibrant congregational song and enhance worship with inspired music of all styles and eras. We welcome singers of all levels of training and experience, incorporating musical and vocal training into our rehearsals.

Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Choir Room.

Want to get involved? Have questions?

Contact Susan DeSelms

Upcoming Chancel Choir Events

February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm (Chancel Choir)
February 25, 2018 - 10:00am (Chancel Choir )
March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm (Chancel Choir)
March 4, 2018 - 10:00am (Chancel Choir )
March 8, 2018 - 7:00pm (Chancel Choir)

Latest Chancel Choir News

Worship with Temple Shir Tikva
Posted: Feb 15 2018 - 3:15pm

The Choirs of Temple Shir Tikva and United Parish in Brookline are joining together for our annual Interfaith Choral Collaboration on Friday, March 9 at 6:15pm at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, and Sunday, March 11 at 11am at United Parish. On Friday, join us as we step back in time four hundred years to experience the Sabbath as would the Italian Renaissance Jewish community. This Shabbat service will be accompanied by period instruments, and will recreate the atmosphere of prayer that belonged to the Jews of sixteenth century Italy. On Sunday after worship, we’ll welcome our friends for a combined community potluck in Willett Hall. Contact Minister of Music, Susan DeSelms for more information at

Singers Needed
Posted: Nov 17 2017 - 11:29am

Your (Tenor or Bass) Voice is Missing! The Chancel Choir has been growing, filling the church space and the heart space with their robust and prayerful sound. As our Soprano and Alto numbers have swelled this autumn, we are especially in need of Tenors and Basses (low voices) to come explore their place in the choir. We welcome singers of any experience level! If the spirit has been moving you towards joining your voice in song during service, please consider joining our vibrant musical community in this way. We need your voice! The Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7pm, and Sunday mornings at 10am. We welcome new singers throughout the year, in our Carolers choir (1st grade - 6th/7th grade) and in our Youth Choir (7th/8th grade-12th grade) as well! Please see Susan DeSelms ( or Liz Eschen ( or any of the choir members in robes after the service if you have any questions about what it is all about!

UCC Musicians Association Conference Worship
Posted: May 18 2017 - 7:46am

Boston is welcoming the bi-annual 2017 United Church of Christ Musicians Association (UCCMA) National Conference July 9-12. The planning committee has been working very hard to create a conference that will nurture, invigorate, and inspire.

Housing, workshops, and conference rehearsals will be held at Simmons College, located in the Fenway neighborhood, steps away from the historic Museum of Fine Arts and Fenway Park.

Each night, attendees will experience one of Boston’s historic churches in neighborhoods rich with the story of our nation, and led by a variety of ministers, musicians, and musical styles.  All 4 evening worship services are free and open to the public.

  • Sunday, July 9 - United Parish in Brookline
    • Concert @ 7:30pm
    • Festival Worship @ 8:00pm
  • Monday, July 10 - First Church in Cambridge
    • Lecture @ 7:30pm
    • Evening worship with Night Song @ 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 11 - Old North Church in the North End
    • Concert @ 7:30pm
    • Worship in the Early American tradition @ 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, July 12 - Back Bay’s Old South Church
    • Concert @ 7:30pm
    • Festival worship @ 8:00pm

During all sessions of the conference, we will learn, make music, and worship with some of Boston’s finest spiritual and musical leaders: the Rev. Dr. Mary Luti, formerly of First Church in Cambridge and Andover Newton Theological School; the Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor, Senior Minister of Old South Church in Boston; André de Quadros, co-founder of the Empowering Song approach to music education; Betsy Burleigh, chair of the department of choral conducting at Indiana University; Jane Money of Boston City Singers children’s choruses; Griff Gall of the Back Bay Ringers handbell choir; Willie Sordillo, specialist in jazz worship; Megan Henderson of the Cambridge Revels early music ensembles, Nick Page, song leader and director of Mystic Chorale, and many others!

In a town of historic buildings, maze-like roads, and expensive everything, one of our top priorities is to maintain the affordability of this conference while ensuring attendees a comfortable stay. We believe we have accomplished both, and have crafted a memorable ​conference. ​​

July will be a busy time in Boston. If you plan to stay in accommodations other than Simmons College, either during the conference or before or after, we recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible.

Register now to attend the conference.  All evening worship services are open to the public.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Susan DeSelms, Conference Chair
Minister of Music, United Parish in Brookline