Music has played a central role in the life of All Souls. Our Music Staff collaborates with our Ministers in our mission to Build, Inspire and Create by nurturing personal spiritual growth and positive relationship building in our programming. Our Music Program provides music for each service that is uplifting in spirit, rich in meaning and full of beauty.
The All Souls Choir, our adult choir, draws from a rich and diverse range of music, including traditional choral anthems, African-American spirituals, uplifting popular music, traditional Jewish music, music from various cultures, and hymns from the Unitarian Universalist hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition. The All Souls Choir performs a Requiem by a different composer each year for All Souls Day in November. Another major choral work is presented for Music Sunday, the first Sunday in May. Past works include a wide variety of styles and social topics such as: Donald McCullough’s The Holocaust Cantata, Handel’s Ode for St. Cecelia’s Day, Libby Larsen’s Missa Gaia and Jay Kawarsky’s Prayers for Bobby.
The All Souls Children’s Choir regularly performs alone and in collaboration with the adult choir. Our children’s choir enjoys making joyful music in our morning worship regularly. They also celebrate the holiday season each year by caroling in Brookside.
To join one of our choirs, please contact one of our Music Program Staff Members listed in the Directory.
Many of Kansas City’s local musicians join us regularly at All Souls, and we have four talented local musicians at all times as Section Leaders in our Adult Choir. We also enjoy a wide variety of instrumentalists and vocalists from the community in our morning worship. Kansas City is quite proud of its musical heritage and we are very glad to participate in it. Our guests enrich us with their expertise while providing relevant, beautiful, and inspiring music for our Sunday Services.
All Souls is also proud to be a major sponsor and host to PerformOUT KC. POKC meets regularly at All Souls. They provide a safe, inclusive atmosphere for youth of any and all identities. They foster positive identity development through excellence in musical performance and creative expression. You can join POKC by visiting their website www.performoutkc.org. PerformOUT KC provides music for our Sunday Services twice a year, as well as their own concert season.