The Union Church Choirs
The Union Church of Bay Ridge Choir has been serving The Union Church of Bay Ridge and the surrounding Brooklyn community for over 30 years. Currently directed by pianist Dr. Nana Shi, the choir generates live musical performances for the communities in lower Brooklyn -- both young and old. Since 2015, Ms. Shi has partnered with other music organizations such as the Children’s Choral and Arts Festival of Peace in Brooklyn, and has started a summer music camp at the Union Church of Bay Ridge. The choir consists of both volunteers and professional singers from different musical backgrounds. Being specialists of Baroque and Classical music, the group doesn’t shy away from other genres such as jazz, musical theater, and popular styles. They have been putting on concerts regularly at the church and strive to include more members, promote living composers, and make The Union Church of Bay Ridge a vital creative space for music and arts in the community. The choir rehearses every Sunday morning at 9:30 A.M. for the 11 A.M. service.
Minister of Music and Organist:
Soloists in Residence:
Volunteers: Bruce MacIntyre, Kristen Miller, Evan Lynch, Tessa Tokke, and Justin Tokke.
The UC Children's Choir was founded in fall 2013 under the direction of Nana Shi. They have performed in Christmas Concerts and Easter services.
Union Church Organ: 1922 Skinner Organ
3 manuals, 37 registers, 23 stops, 36 ranks
Since about 1990, the organ has been revised by various builders. First, the Schantz Organ Company removed some of the reed and mixture ranks and installed a secondhand Clarinet rank. Then in 2007, John Klauder Pipe Organ Service made extensive console revisions, including new coupling and combination systems, MIDI capability, and Skinner stop names.
See specifications here provided by Gregg Patruno in May 2018.
Union Church Concert Series invites a variety of established musical ensembles every year including classical, folk, indie rock, and jazz. The great acoustics and spacious sanctuary make Union Church an ideal venue for singers, instrumentalists, and small ensembles to perform and make recordings. To apply for the UC Concert Series, please contact director Nana Shi.