Community Orchestra & Choir
The CUMC Community Orchestra is a group of musicians, organized by Doug Emigh, to include anyone in the community interested in performing orchestral music. Participants in this orchestra are often outside the membership of CUMC; however, they are a major, contributing factor to the Christmas and Easter services, as well as various events and concerts.
They rehearse at 1 :30 P.M. every other Sunday except during the summer months of July and August. The orchestra is open to anyone with orchestral skills. Orchestra members range in age from high school to retired senior citizens.
Several members of the orchestra found themselves digging their instruments out of the closet after many years of disuse. They found, to their pleasant surprise, that it's just like riding a bike ... you never forget.
The CUMC Community Orchestra is believed to be unique in Contra Costa County. Music selection is always easy to moderate to accommodate the range of skills of the members. No fees are required to join this group of musicians as the orchestra is fully funded by CUMC.
They have four scheduled performances during the year, which includes performing with the Chancel Choir and often the Bell Choir as well - always to a very full and appreciative audience.