Joyful Noise Music Ministry


OrganStops2Our Historic George Reed Tracker Organ

Music Ministry at the United Parish of Upton seeks to provide a warm, inviting and inclusive atmosphere of collaboration and fellowship through musical endeavors. We take our job of ministering through music seriously, but we have lots of fun together in the process.  We are active in a variety of ways throughout the year. If you love to make music by singing or playing an instrument, or if you would like to help out in some other way, such as working on a Music Ministry project, please contact Susan Bonito.


Joyful Noise Music Ministry Community Cookbook Project

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary of the federation between the Upton Methodist Church and the First Congregational Church of Upton, the Joyful Noise Music Ministry of the United Parish of Upton, will publish a Community Cookbook. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will benefit the music ministry of the church. The adult choir, Accord, has a long history of music-making in Upton, and continues to bring people together, to inspire and to uplift the community through the power and blessing of music. 

The cookbook features beautiful, original watercolor art by Leanne Luetkemeyer, as well as favorite tried-and-true recipes from curent and former church members, and friends.

This cookbook is professionally printed and bound, and will, no doubt, become a treasured keepsake and heirloom for generations to come. It will make a perfect gift for family and friends any time of the year.

The cookbooks have been delivered and are available for purchase. Choir members will be available during coffee hour with books on hand or stop by the church office to purchase a copy for only $25.00 each. Cookbooks will also be available at church events throughout the year. 



Accord is one of the longest continuously active small group ministries at the United Parish of Upton, and is directed by Susan Bonito. This talented and dedicated group of singers leads the congregational singing and offers anthems and service music in a variety of musical styles every Sunday from September to June. The group is open to high school students (with permission from the Music Director) and adults. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. in The Upper Room.  New singers are welcomed throughout the program year.  


Festival Choir (Accord Augmented)

JazzSunday5Jazz Sunday Festival Choir with Kenji Kikuchi and Band

The Festival Choir typically performs works requiring more singers and/or instrumentalists for festivals, holidays and special occasions. Historically, this group has gathered for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Jazz Sunday (Sunday before Lent), Palm Sunday, and Easter. Additional singers and instrumentalists are invited to augment our regular choir for these special Sundays.  There are typically 4-5 rehearsals prior to the occasion(s). There may also be an additional dress rehearsal for Christmas, Jazz Sunday and Easter. Participation in the Festival Choir is an especially joyous way to contribute to the music ministry of the church on a short-term basis.  Submit your name and contact information to Susan Bonito to be added to the Festival Choir contact list.  You will be notified in advance of any Festival Choir activies.  

A Cafellas

Our men’s ensemble is presently inactive. Singing both accompanied and a cappella music, they generally sing in close harmony. This group provides male singers with changed voices an opportunity to participate in music ministry with a limited time commitment. 

A Cabellas

This group also performs a couple of times per program year. Like the A Cafellas, A Cabellas present music with lush harmonies and sing both a cappella and accompanied works. The group is under the direction of Susan Bonito. Additional instruments are occasionally included.

Summer Soloists

Coffeehouse9Summer Soloist Arianna BonitoThroughout each summer, soloists, and small ensembles offer special music for worship. Singers and instrumentalists are encouraged to sign up in May and June for one or more services during the summer. Rehearsals with our accompanist, Chi-Chi Chin are arranged at mutually convenient times.  To sign up as a Summer Soloist, please contact Susan Bonito.

Music Contacts:

Susan Bonito (Music Director)

Chia-Chi Chin (Accompanist)



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