The Westside Music Ministry
Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation is committed to a vibrant music ministry that serves the congregation by presenting diverse and inspiring worship music. We offer opportunities for members and non-members, high school age and up, to develop and share their musical talents.
Bertram Gulhaugen, our music director and choir conductor, is assisted by a professional rhythm section, volunteer music leaders, two skilled pianists, and a host of other highly capable music volunteers. To get involved, contact Bert.
At the heart of Westside’s Music Ministry is its Small
These are ongoing or ad hoc ensembles (vocal and instrumental) formed by members and supported by Bertram. Rehearsals can take place in homes or at church. Rehearsal frequency is determined by the participants. Performance opportunities all year.
- Current ongoing Small Ensembles:
- The Chalice Singers. Open to members: contact Linda Anderson. Sings 4th Sunday each month.
- The Westside Men’s Ensemble. Open to members: contact Bertram Gulhaugen. Sings four times per year.
- Westside Men’s Quartet (Closed)
- NZIRA Marimba Band (Closed)
- Just in Time (Closed)
- Rainier Reunion (Closed)
- TriSiren (Closed)
The Salish Sea Vocal Ensemble
- The Salish Sea Vocal Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble of 16—20 members who can commit to stringent attendance expectations and prepare music outside of rehearsal. Rehearsals are on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Mondays of the month, 7:15—9:00 pm. SSVE sings on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, September through June.
The Westside Welcome Singers
The Westside Welcome Singers is an all-ages choir led by Lisa Maynard. This ensemble sings for some services as well as community and social justice events. WWS sings uplifting, meaningful songs, with encouraging leadership. Strummers are welcome. Monthly rehearsals are the 2nd Monday, 7:00 – 8:00, and 3rd Sunday, 1:00 – 2:00.
The Westside Mass Choir
The Westside Mass Choir is Westside’s biggest choir. It’s open to any of our musicians who want to come together to sing for Ingathering Sunday in September, Praise Services five times per year, and Volunteer Recognition Sunday in June. Must be able to sing in tune.
Westside Rhythm Section
The Westside Rhythm Section is a professional ensemble featuring some of the Seattle area’s finest musicians: jazz pianist John Hansen, bassists Emmanuel del Casal and Marion Kee, and drummer Larry Jones. This spectacular rhythm section plays for services on the first three Sundays of the month, as well as Christmas Eve.
Pianist Janet Sweet
Janet plays for services on the 4th and 5th Sundays of the month with bassist Martin Sherry. Janet is a talented and expressive pianist who brilliantly contributes a diverse repertoire to our worship services.
Five times per year, the Westside Music Ministry leads worship services that are designed to flow with the spirit. Praise Services are a Unitarian Universalist take on the forms of worship more commonly found in conservative evangelical and black denominations that feature music, testimony, meditation, ritual, and an emotional connection to our faith.