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Welcome to Our New Director of Music, Larissa Sokoloff
 
 
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Our new Director of Music is Larissa Sokoloff. Larissa hails from Nutley, New Jersey. She has studied at Juilliard, Harvard, Manhattan School, the Peabody Conservatory, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest as a Fulbright Scholar, and received an Artist Diploma at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, rounding off her postgraduate studies at Indiana University School of Music. While classically trained on the piano, she has played the organ for 21 years at Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Congregational, and Episcopal churches. Larissa loves music and her work within the church has been tremendously rewarding and spiritually satisfying. Although she is classically trained, she has been able to incorporate a variety of music styles in worship that highlight different aspects of a service. Larissa also holds an MBA in finance from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. Larissa’s work at United will begin on May 15th and her first service will be May 19th. Because of scheduling anomalies, we will have a welcome reception for her on Sunday, June 2nd.

 
 
 
Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord!

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The Great Choir
The Congregation is the Great Choir of the church. We sing together the great hymns of the church, including music from a variety of styles and genres. We sing in praise, confession, meditation, prayer, and proclamation of our faith.

Our Music Ministry
Music is a vital part of our worship here at United Reformed Church. We lift our voices in praise, prayer and thanksgiving through hymns, responses, solos and anthems each Sunday. Our singing and handbell choirs enrich worship on Sunday mornings and at special services. Soloists and instrumentalists touch our hearts as they lift up their music to God. We invite YOU to come and get involved and use the special gifts with which you have been blessed! Enjoy the fellowship of rehearsals and social events growing out of working together in the service of the Church. Whether a singer, a bell ringer or an instrumentalist, there is a place for you in our music making!

The Chancel Choir
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Membership: Adults and High School Youth Rehearsals: Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Service Schedule: weekly (Sept. to May) for Sunday worship.
Special services as announced in advance.

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The Youth Handbell Choir
Michelle Davis, Director
Membership: Youth, grades 4-12 Rehearsals: Alternate Sundays at 10:20 a.m.
Rings for Sunday worship as announced in advance.

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The Raritan Ringers
Paul Dickey, Director
The Raritan Ringers is a community handbell choir of advanced ringers, sponsored by United Reformed Church.
Membership: Experienced, advanced ringers. By audition only.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. to  9:15 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Holiday concerts take place in December and spring concerts are held in May.

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Section Leaders
Our Chancel Choir has four paid section leaders, one for each part. Often these positions are filled by students from Westminster Choir College and Rutgers University, however, due to their course requirements, they occasionally miss rehearsals or Sundays. Therefore, adults with professional vocal training and more stable schedules are encouraged to apply for these positions. Please contact the church office for further information.

Instrumentalists
There are often opportunities for solo or group instrumentalists to play for a prelude, offering or postlude. In addition, choral and handbell pieces frequently have parts for instruments to perform with the groups. Please let us know of your talent!

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