Welcome to the United Church of Sun City
Our chancel choir has approximately 20 to 30 singers depending on the time of year as we have snowbirds who go back "home" for the summer and holidays. The anthems vary from classical through contemporary in style. We often use flute accompaniment with piano. Our organist/pianist, Beverly Fletcher, is extremely gifted and has been at her craft for 50 years. She is also a singer.
The choir sings from the first Sunday in October and finishes the end of May. They perform a Lenten cantata on Palm Sunday and an Advent/Christmas cantata the Sunday before Christmas. The cantatas are accompanied by 13 musicians from the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and Beverly. Young singers from ASU music department and valley music teachers join the choir for our two cantatas. Our soloists, Erin Lewis Schmitz, soprano; Ron Cammel, bass; and Nicholaus Pullin, tenor; lead each section in the choir and perform special music and introits as trios, duets, and solos.
We have solo instrumentalists joining us throughout the year also from the Phoenix Symphony. We are so fortunate to have an organist who is friends with them. And now we are!!
The choir rehearses before church at 8:30am on Sundays, from the Sunday after Labor Day through May. Our soloists stay on and perform special music and offertory music throughout the summer months. Everyone is welcome and no audition is necessary.
She first visited UCSC with her parents in 1985. They were very active in the church and Ginni has always felt welcomed here.
You'll find Ginni in her office on Tuesdays from 9am to 2pm and on Sunday mornings before and after church.
Beverly Fletcher started at UCSC Jan. 2010. She grew up in a musical family, traveling, singing and giving sacred music programs with her mother, brother, and sister. She started playing piano at age 5 and the organ at age 12. Ms. Fletcher holds two distinctions from the Royal Schools of Music in pianoforte and pianoforte duet, a Bachelor's degree in piano and organ performance, and a Master's degree in organ and voice performance. Ms. Fletcher is a vocal and keyboard coach, specializing in the "vocally challenged", -those who think they can't sing. She began her teaching career in Scottsdale, AZ in 1965. She has been organist/choir director for a number of churches in the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas, and also pianist at Temple Chai in Scottsdale. For several years she sang with the ASU Choral Union. She feels singing is the greatest anti-depressant around, and her motto is "create beauty and love people". Above all, thanks to God, giver of every perfect gift to whose glory every performance is dedicated.
Erin Lewis Schmitz has had private vocal instruction for 12 years. She has studied under Judy May, Anne Kopta, and Claudia Kennedy. Erin has both Bachelor's and Master's of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and a Master's in Music History. She has been soprano soloist at UCSC since 2007.
Nicholaus Pullin began as the tenor soloist at United Church on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Nick went to school at the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU where he received a bachelor's degree in music education. He has been singing in choir since the second grade. He has been part of many choirs including the Phoenix Boys Choir, Canto Vivo Chorale, Orpheus men's chorus and all of the choirs at ASU. Singing is his life, and he is happy to share his voice with United Church! Nick is married to Jennifer and they have a five-year-old son, Ryan, and another boy on the way!
Ron Cammel began Sunday, September 18 as our new bass soloist. Ron has sung in choirs most of his life. Originally from Canton, Ohio, he sang with the Canton Civic Opera for thirteen years. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, he sang with the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys. Church choir has been a regular part of his life as well. We welcome him as bass soloist to our music ministry.
Ginni Summers has been singing since she could talk. She's a retired music/drama/choral teacher from Michigan. While in Michigan, Ginni was choir director at a Presbyterian church for eight years and also at a Lutheran church for 12 years. She was active in the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, having leads and chorus roles for 5+ years. Ginni was also in community theater in Monroe, Michigan as a music director and/or actor.
Ginni has been Minister of Music at UCSC for 8 years. Since moving to Sun City, permanently in 2006, she has been playing chorus and leads in the Sun City Players Theater group; last seen as Golde in "Fiddler on the Roof" and also music director. She sings alto with the West Valley Chorale.
Her favorite thing about her job at UCSC is she is able to share her love of singing and the Lord every Sunday.