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 21, 2019 - 7:00pm (Chancel Choir Rehearsal)
February 24, 2019 - 10:00am (Chancel Choir Rehearsal)
February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm (Chancel Choir Rehearsal)
March 1, 2019 (All day) (Collaboration with Temple Shir Tikva)
March 3, 2019 - 10:00am (Chancel Choir Rehearsal)

Latest Chancel Choir News

Temple Shir Tikva and United Parish in Brookline Interfaith Choral Collaboration
Posted: Feb 14 2019 - 11:30am

Every year the choirs of Temple Shir Tikva and United Parish in Brookline come together for a much-anticipated sacred music collaboration. While this began a half-dozen years ago as a way to educate our respective congregations about our Sabbath experiences and enjoy each other’s worship music traditions, this connection has deepened beyond our expectations into a strong and enduring bond between our communities. By making beautiful, artful music together, learning from one another’s clergy, praying in each other’s houses of worship, and breaking bread together, we have cultivated a sacred friendship that has transformed the way we relate to one another and feel utterly at home in each other’s holy spaces. To that end, this year’s Interfaith Choral Collaboration will celebrate the theme of “Sacred Friendship” with songs that reflect our bond and the joy we’ve come to feel in each other’s presence.

Join us Friday night in Wayland for Simchat Shabbat with the Shir Tikva community at 6:15pm, where Susan and Kent will assist in leading worship, and on Sunday morning at the United Parish, where Cantor Hollis Schachner and Rabbi Danny Burkeman will assist in leading 11am morning worship.


Friday, March 1 6:15pm at Temple Shir Tikva, (141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA)

Sunday, March 3 11:00am at United Parish in Brookline


Contact Minister of Music Susan DeSelms at for more information.



United Parish Presents "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
Posted: Nov 7 2018 - 12:00pm

Based on Italian folk tales of the Epiphany, this beloved one-hour American musical production tells the story of a shepherd boy and his widowed mother who are visited by three royal strangers on their way to Bethlehem.

Performed by members of the United Parish Chancel Choir and Youth Choir, and made possible by the Dan Sullivan Memorial Fund, this show for all-ages will take place on Friday, December 7 at 7pm and Sunday, December 9 at 4:30pm in the Sanctuary.

Suggested donation: $15/adults, $5/children. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted at the door. Advance online donations can be made on Eventbrite.

Find the event on Facebook and Eventbrite.

You won't want to miss it!

For more information, please contact Minister of Music, Susan DeSelms at

World Premiere of Joshua: A new work composed by Christopher LaRosa
Posted: Oct 10 2018 - 4:12pm

World Premiere of Joshua

A new work composed by Christopher LaRosa

Performed by the United Parish Chancel Choir & Boston University Trombone Choir

Susan DeSelms, organ

Don Lucas, conductor

Helen Hassinger, soprano

Kristen Murdaugh, alto

Tim McGowan, tenor

Sunday, November 11, 11:00am Worship Service

Joshua is a 15-minute, musical retelling of the Battle of Jericho composed by one of United Parish's most talented alumni and commissioned for the Chancel Choir by David Flanagan and Jeff Kline. In this story, the Israelites arrive at Jericho after their long Exodus, but Jericho resists God and does not offer the Israelites safe haven.  Through their faith in God, the Israelites win their Promised Land. The walls of Jericho fall and the city is destroyed along with virtually every living thing in it. It is a dramatic, and violent story that poses many questions and challenges for modern followers.

On Sunday, November 11, the United Parish Chancel Choir, joined by the Boston University Trombone Choir, will bring this piece to life in all of its dramatic, terrifying, and reverent beauty. We hope that you will come, bringing friends and family, to hear the world premiere of Joshua, presented by the musicians and in the venue that it was composed for. Together we will wrestle with the artistic incarnation of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho.

For more information, contact Minister of Music, Susan DeSelms at or 617-277-6860 x3.