Music at UU Fresno

Our Sunday Music Program thrives under the leadership of our Music Director, Lorenzo Bassman. On Sundays, we enjoy an eclectic mix of musical genres, from pop to jazz to rock to European classical and other classical, folk, and pop traditions from around the world. Lorenzo is always on the lookout for vocal and instrumental talent within our ranks.

The UUCF Choir sings once a month, on varying Sundays. Rehearsals are held an hour and a half before the service and on a Wednesday evening preceding that Sunday, with scores and MIDI files emailed to choir members during the weeks before, so belonging to the choir is an easy commitment and a great way to join our Music Program. Just talk to Lorenzo if you are interested.

Piano accompaniment is provided by a rotation of pianists, both professional and amateur. If you have talent and interest, let Lorenzo know.

A group of gifted musicians from our membership and youth perform as instrumental soloists and in ensembles.

Stolen Thunder, the UUCF house band, is a flexible group of versatile vocalists and instrumentalists who perform a wide range of musical styles, including folk, rock, pop, blues, jazz, bluegrass, country, Klezmer, reggae, R&B, and gospel. The band performs most Sundays and usually backs up the choir.

The congregation sings a wide range of songs and hymns whose content reflects our theological diversity and our respect for a broad range of cultural expression.

The living tradition that Unitarian Universalists share draws from many sources, including the words and deeds of prophetic people who challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love. The tradition that the Music Program of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno shares is enriched by the music and lyrics of prophetic women and men who over centuries have spoken out for peace, justice, love, and freedom.