Music Director

Mike Carney
for more information call:
216-751-2320, ext. 23.


Upcoming Events


March 18th 2017

7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall

Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices

Join us for a showing of the award-winning 2016 documentary "Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices"


After the film, we'll have a short concert featuring some of Shaw's works and our own Chancel Choir with special guests.


Music Programs

UU Music Workshop

Have you ever felt lost when trying to sing one of the hymns on a Sunday morning? Would you like to learn more about how to sing and read music? Have you ever thought about singing with the choir but you’re not sure you have the voice for it? Or are you just looking for a way to expand your horizons and have some fun? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then here’s a perfect opportunity for you: On the first Wednesday of every month, our music director Mike Carney will be leading a workshop in hymn singing and general vocal technique. Learn how to read music (especially some of those trickier hymns), how to breathe and think like a musician, and how to use your voice as the beautiful instrument that it wants to be. Whether you are an experienced vocalist or a musical greenhorn, here’s your chance to make some music, learn a few things, and have a lot of fun! We’ll meet from 6:15-7:00 in the Worship Center the first Wednesday of every month, beginning on Wednesday, September 7th.

No registration is required, and you can drop in or out from one month to the next if necessary. All ages are welcome! If you have any questions, contact music director Mike Carney by email ( or phone (216-751-2320, ext 23).

Chancel Choir

The choir, directed by Music Director, Mike Carney, rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:30- 9:00 PM September through May. The choir sings a wide variety of music from Gospel to Bach. The choir sings three Sundays per month for the 11:00 am service. Singers in this group should have some experience singing in a choral group and at least a basic note-reading ability, but good followers are also welcome. New members are invited to join the choir in September and January.

Church Instruments

A Rodgers Trillium organ was installed in 2004. The church's original 11 rank Holtkamp organ is installed in a chamber above the chancel and is played from the Rodgers console.

A nine-foot 1915 model D Steinway concert grand piano purchased in the 1960s by Robert Shaw was restored in 2006 by Ron Kunkle in Akron.

The church also owns a Dowd two manual harpsichord, and a Baldwin Piano in the Baker Room.

The other pianos around the building are owned by the Cleveland Institute of Music for their Preparatory Department which rents space in our building.

Instrumental Music

Talented church members as well as professional musicians are featured in many Sunday morning services at First Church. Music presented includes jazz, folk, Jewish, as well as classical strings, woodwinds, and brass. Many choral anthems include instrumental accompaniments. Contact Music Director Mike Carney to offer your services.

Women's Ensemble

This is a small ensemble of select voices. Membership is open by audition based on voicing needs.  Contact Music Director, Mike Carney, for more information.


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