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Music is an integral part of our Sunday Worship services. On a given Sunday morning you might hear classical, folk rock, Broadway, jazz, and everything in between! Every December and June, the various musicians and ensembles of Chalice come together to present a full service of music, based around a theme. We all look forward to our annual Music Services, where you might also hear a hand chime ensemble, the children’s choir, and much more!

Musical Groups

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is our adult choir that is open to anyone who enjoys singing. The group rehearses on Thursday nights from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the chapel, and sings a wide variety of musical styles at worship services two Sundays per month. Read more about the Chancel Choir…
Contact: Tim McKnight   sdmusicman76@gmail.com   619-507-2777

Handchime Ensemble

The Handchime Ensemble is a multi-generational ensemble open to ages 10 and up.  The group rehearses on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 7:15 in the chapel.  Handchimes add a uniquely beautiful sound to the worship services.  The Handchime Ensemble incorporates handchimes into many aspects of the worship services, including accompanying hymns, enhancing ritual, and providing special music.   Although not required, some experience reading music is very helpful.
Contact: Tim McKnight    sdmusicman76@gmail.com    619-507-2777

Spirit of Chalice

The Spirit of Chalice is Chalice children’s choir is geared toward children in Kindergarten through 6th grades. The Spirit of Chalice currently rehearses on Sunday mornings from 10:30 to 11:00 AM.
Contact: Sarah Shapard: shapardpalmer @ yahoo.com

Music Director: Tim McKnight

Tim McKnight
Tim McKnight

Tim McKnight hails from the rural Midwest, but relocated to San Diego in July 2004. One month later, Chalice UU Congregation hired Tim as Music Director, a position he has held ever since. Tim coordinates music for worship, directs the Chancel Choir, the Handchime Ensemble, and orchestrates special music services and other musical events.

Read more about Tim and the music staff here.

Special Events

  • Rites of Passage
    • Chalice music groups have been asked to perform at weddings, memorial services, ordinations, and even CD release parties!
  • Auction Concerts
    • Concerts offered at our annual auction are a great way to give back to Chalice while having fun. Some recent events include Chalice Home Companion, Tea and Songs, Sounds of the Season, Tim & Friends, Show Tune Sing-along, Madrigal Dinner and Keyboard Kaleidoscope.