“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come.”
Hymn #188 in our standard hymnal adapts these words of Rumi into a meditative and evocative canon. Music ministry is set apart from secular music by a higher purpose. While secular music may seek for aesthetic beauty and virtuosic complexity, music ministry is principally concerned with spiritual transformation. That is to say, a listener (and performer) should be changed and may not be the same after the experience. Sometimes this quality is one of healing and comfort. Sometimes it manifests as a new insight or perspective. Sometimes it is a charge or a call to action. Music ministry at Columbine seeks to be a powerful force for the healing and transformation of our community. We welcome and embrace all who feel called to be a part of that transformation. Whether you are a professional musician or you sing in the shower, whether your cup runs over with love and compassion or you are broken and hurting, whether you are young or old, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times, come, come.
Rev. Mateo Frisk, Minister of Music
Columbine Chancel Choir strives to be the pulse of the music ministry at Columbine. Our stated mission is to make music which touches our hearts and those of the congregation, as a part of a spiritual whole which is Sunday Worship. Musical repertoire spans a variety of genres, from meditative chants to Renaissance polyphony to contemporary choral arts. Though primarily an adult ensemble, the choir welcomes youth and teen singers. Membership in the choir is open to all who are called to create beauty and transformation through song. Rudimentary skills in reading music and matching pitch are very helpful, but passion, commitment and a positive attitude are preferred over formal music training. If you are willing to learn, this group will teach you all you need to know! Rehearsals for choir are held Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:45 pm in the church sanctuary. The choir sings twice monthly in Sunday services September through May. The choir also participates in events in the wider Front Range UU community, including an August 2016 mountain retreat with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell.
Special Music – When the choir is not featured, worship services typically feature guest musicians from within the congregation and the wider community. Over the past year, musicians have included small singing groups, handbell ensembles, string duets and trios, jazz groups, vocalists accompanying themselves on guitar, and soloists playing the classical guitar, Indian flute, classical flute, harp, jazz trumpet, piano, violin, and several other offerings. For musically-inclined (or musically-interested) friends and guests, there are ample opportunities to participate in the music life of Sunday worship, either in solo performance or in any number of recurring and ad-hoc small ensembles arranged by the music director throughout the year.