The Unity Minneapolis Choir strives through heart-filled singing and a journey toward musical excellence, to enhance the Sunday Service experience for all who attend. We present music that is centered in Unity Principles and is connected to our message. We sing with joy!
Have you been thinking about joining the choir? The marvelous Unity Minneapolis Choir begins rehearsal for the new season on September 5. While new members are always welcome, signing up in early gives you a jump on new music.
Do you have a friend outside of our Unity community that likes to sing? Let
them know. Many of our members started their Unity experience right here in choir! It’s a great way to make new friends and lift spirits through song.
The audition is easy–there is no sight reading requirement. Contact Judi Vinar if you are interested or simply have questions.
If you haven’t sung in a choir, it’s a very fun experience—all about heart and the absolute joy of singing. We provide sheet music and rehearsal recordings, which greatly assists members in the choir who do not read music. The only requirement is a sincere love of singing, basic skills in pitch matching, and divine commitment to let go, let spirit lead the way, and join a community of friends who wish to enrich our Sunday morning services through song.
The choir performs September through April with a concert in early May.
Rehearsals are held every Thursday, 7-8:15 PM in the Sanctuary, with an optional warm-up session at 6:45 PM. There are approximately 11 performances, final season concert and Annual choir Cabaret Fundraiser
We look forward to seeing—and hearing—you!
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Lori Dokken, Music Director, and Judi Vinar, Choir Director
Lori Dokken has been involved in the music industry for more than 35 years, as a cabaret performer, vocalist, pianist, arranger, producer, and musical director. Her musical roots actually lie in the Lutheran Church, where she was very active until her early twenties. Over the course of about 12 years she was very active in the United Church of Christ. Lori was the Music Director at Minnehaha United Church of Christ for eight years and led the music and was the music director for many UCC conventions, from local youth conventions, to the Minnesota State conventions and all the way up to the National Convention when it was held in the Twin Cities a few years ago.
From Lori: “I am greatly honored and humbled to be entrusted to lead the music at Unity Minneapolis. I love working with all of you and welcome any and all suggestions as to how the music ministry at Unity Minneapolis can grow in spirit and fulfillment.”
Judi Vinar happily accepted the position of Unity Minneapolis Choir Director in January of 2007 and has built a dynamic 35+ group that continues to bless and wow our congregation from September through May. “The Road to You” CD, which contains a number of Judi’s and Lori’s original songs, was released in October 2015—a must have! She has also been a soloist for Unity since the mid-1990s.
Judi began her professional career in 1983, singing Classical/Musical Theater, and performed for several years as a solo singer/songwriter/guitarist. In the 1990s, Judi added Cabaret, Swing/Latin Jazz, and R&B/Gospel/Pop to her repertoire. She began working with Bobby McFerrin in 1997, joined his a capella group “Voicestra” in 2001, and continues to teach improvisation with Bobby every year at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.
At home in the Twin Cities, Judi has worked with The Wolverines Classic Jazz Orchestra, JazzMN Big Band, St. Croix Jazz Orchestra, The Girls, Metro Jam, Urbanstride, and her own acoustic ensemble, Judi, Cliff ’n’ Daves.
A voice teacher since 1994, Judi served on the faculty at McNally Smith College for 20 years. Now she works nationally as a voice clinician and teaches private voice lessons and workshops on technique, improvisation, and general musicianship locally and on Skype.