Music In Our Worship

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Music is a gift that takes us places where words alone cannot.   As a congregation, we share a love of singing -and celebrating- a wide variety of musical styles that deepen our spirits, raise our souls, and bring us closer to God.

Although our worship typically includes traditional hymns, we often incorporate spiritual music of other cultures and a fascinating range of beautiful choral and instrumental pieces performed by our choir, other CHUCC members and/or guest artists who are part of the phenomenally talented community of singers and musicians living in the Portland area.

On any given Sunday, you are likely to hear anything from Amazing Grace, or A Mighty Fortress Is Our God... to choral and instrumental pieces by Bach or Vivaldi, to Joni Mitchell, Duke Ellington, Kermit the Frog, or Pink...  all led by our wonderfully creative, talented and highly skilled Music Director, Colin Shepard.

Colin Alexsei Shepard

Colin Shepard was raised in Tucson, Arizona after being adopted from Russia. He sang in the Tucson Boys Chorus and while still in high school, led his own 40-member choir.

Coming to Portland in 2008, Colin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Portland State University, and is finishing studies at PSU for his Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy.

In addition to serving as principal accompanist with the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Colin has worked with Northwest Children’s Theater and Portland Center Stage.  He was also the pianist at Kairos-Milwaukie UCC  and helped curate a monthly experimental secular and pop music service at First Congregational UCC in Portland.

An accomplished singer as well pianist and coach, Colin spent four years with the PSU Chamber Choir as a baritone and accompanist under Dr. Ethan Sperry, and traveled with the Chamber Choir to compete in an international choir competition in Bali.

A sought-after piano accompanist,  Colin has worked with opera greats Frederica von Stade, Angela Meade, and Vincent Cole, and has played as an accompanist for several international opera competitions.

Colin Alexsei Shepard, Music Director