Dr. Sgreeci with our Youth Choir and UUA President, Rev. Peter Morales during worship.
The music program of a church is an essential element in building and sustaining a church community, both through the music, which is an integral part of worship, and in the involvement of the members of that community, including children and youth, in all aspects of the program. We invite you to explore the many opportunities available in the musical life of Cedar Lane.
There is a long-standing tradition of excellence in music at Cedar Lane. The congregation has always expected and supported a program which seeks to enhance the life of the church with music of a consistently high caliber. A large adult choir with some professional singers presents a varied repertoire of choral music at worship services. Along with the junior, youth and bell choirs all ages are offered excellent opportunities to learn about singing, music, and the role music plays in worship. Our newest adult group, Gruppo Piccolo (Italian for "small group"), is a small vocal ensemble, which generally performs "a capella" with no more than three singers on a part.
Check out Cedar Lane's Bell Canto perform Viva La Vida, a Coldplay song, during Sunday worship.
In March of 1985, a contract was signed with Cannarsa Organs for the construction of a 51-rank, four-manual pipe organ, at that time the largest instrument in Montgomery County. The installation was completed in the fall of 1987, and was celebrated by a year-long festival which included special services and an organ recital series.
In December 2000, an overwhelmingly successful campaign was launched to fund an extensive renovation of the organ. Improvements included refurbishment of the console and a complete update of the keying system which provided for an expanded stop list and MIDI capability, as well as the addition of a number of new digital voices from the Walker Technical Company. More digital voices were added in 2007. The resulting instrument is one of the finest in the Washington, DC area.
Our music staff is composed of Director of Music, Dr. Henry Sgrecci, and Jasmin Lee, accompanist. Click here to learn about Dr. Henry Sgrecci.
Adult Choir - Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:45 p.m. (August - May)
Children's Choir - Thursday, 6 - 6:30 p.m. (September - April)
Youth Choir - Thursday, 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. (September - April)
Youth Bell Choir - Thursday, 7:15 - 8 p.m. (September - April)
Bell Canto of Cedar Lane - Thursday, 8 - 9:15 p.m. (September - April)
Summer Choir Sunday - June & July - 9:15 a.m. (Adults and Youth)