Our Music Program
Director of Music Jon Arterton
Jon moved to the St. Petersburg area in January 2016. He holds a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and was twice a Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He also holds an MFA in Acting from Smith College. He was the founder and musical arranger of The Flirtations, the proudly gay a cappella singing group that performed at Carnegie Hall and in the film Philadelphia. In 2018 he and his husband James founded St. Pete’s 120-voice One City Chorus, specializing in songs of social justice.
Accompanist Aaron Cassette
Aaron is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has lived in St. Petersburg for the past 10 years. He holds a BA from Western Michigan University in piano performance and music education and a Master’s in Music Education from Florida State University. Aaron is currently employed by Pinellas County Schools and works as the director of Performing Arts at James B. Sanderlin IB World School in Saint Petersburg. He has been playing at UU St Pete for the past two years.
Our music program welcomes one and all to join us in helping to make our Sunday services vibrant and musically varied. We aim to create a supportive atmosphere for those willing to contribute to the church’s musical life.
UU St Pete Choir
During pre-Covid times our non-auditioning volunteer choir met on most Sunday mornings from mid-September to mid-May before the service to rehearse. It’s our hope that we’ll soon be able to return to singing again! When we do so, all will be welcome to join us. Meanwhile, our Music Director and a few small ensembles have provided music for our services.
UU St Pete Bell Choir
Our team of UUSP Bell Ringers usually performs one Sunday a month. We generally rehearse on two Tuesday evenings a month, and we also encourage new members to join us.