In September 2019, Nigel Goss was hired at Music Director. Nigel brings a wide range of music and musical experience to the Meeting House music program. He has been a keyboard player and bassist in every kind of ensemble from reggae bands to jazz combos to classical orchestras, and has a vast love and appreciation for all facets of music and musicality. In addition to his role at the Meeting House, he teaches music at the Nantucket Community Music Center and the Nantucket Lighthouse School, and can be found performing at various venues all over the island. He brings his love of all kinds of music to the Meeting House and strives for vibrant and eclectic presentations, and collaborates with musicians in the church community as well as guest musicians from the island community.
Each week, services include singing by the adult choir. The choir is a close knit group that enjoys the weekly routine of preparation of an anthem and a choral welcome. The group has been active for over 30 years, and some members have been with the choir for the entire time. Summer singers come when they are on island and join for a short time.
The choir is made up of a combination of experienced singers and people who just like to sing and who may not have a lot of experience. Often people think they have to know how to read music to join, and while this is always helpful, many of our singers do not read music. A good ear for music, an appreciation of the beauty of music, and an ability to carry a tune, are all that are necessary to join. There is no audition. New members are always welcome.
The church has in its summer sanctuary an historic organ that is renowned for its beautiful tone: the 1831 Goodrich Organ. It was built by Boston organ builder William Goodrich and is the oldest example of his organ building still in its original site which has been in continuous use. In 2010 a restoration project on the organ was completed. It is one of the finest tracker-action organs in America. Goodrich passed his knowledge on to many other organ builders whose organs now are all over New England, such as the Hook Brothers and Appleton. Goodrich died very young, at 53, and so did not get have a chance to build as many organs as his apprentices did. Additional information about this organ at the Unitarian Church is available.
In our summer sanctuary we have a Steinway piano on permanent loan from the Nantucket Arts Council, and downstairs in our winter sanctuary, Hendrix Hall, houses a Yamaha piano.