Worship is the focal point for our community life. The experience shapes, sustains and sends us into the world as witnesses to God’s love and justice. We gather together each Sunday morning at 11 AM to worship our Creator in our beautiful historic sanctuary. In this hour you will hear ancient words, contemporary proclamation, and music that represents the diversity of the Christian faith.
UBC has a long history of liturgical worship; by following the calendar of the Christian year, we seek to experience authentic worship through a variety of musical styles, featuring a pipe organ, choirs, piano, guitar, African drums, and many others. At UBC we embrace diversity, and our worship reflects that while bringing us to a true encounter with God. We gather together to share community and to respond to God’s love. When you join us for worship at UBC you will share a pew with people of all ages and backgrounds.
The music program at University Baptist Church is founded on the principle of excellence. We seek to provide the highest quality music for our congregation and community through a diverse repertoire while honoring God through our efforts. We believe in music as a tool for outreach, and frequently join with other choirs and non-profits to provide high quality music to the Austin community and abroad. For more information about the music ministry of University Baptist Church, please contact Jonathan Castillo.
Our Choirs and Handbells
The UBC Children’s Choir is open to any child from pre-school through 5th grade. We focus on a fun and integrated approach of learning to sing through a scripturally-based music curriculum. Our choir sings in worship periodically and for special seasons of the church year. For more information on Children’s ministry at UBC contact Stephanie Cooper.
The UBC Handbell choir meets seasonally (Christmas and Easter), and is open to anyone interested in ringing. Regardless of your musical background this is a great ensemble to be a part of to gain new musical skills. We perform in worship services at UBC as well as provide music in the Austin community as an outreach opportunity, especially during the Christmas season. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings following chancel choir rehearsal from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM in the Sanctuary.
The UBC Chancel Choir is the core ensemble of the music ministry at UBC. Open to adults 18 or older, this choir provides weekly worship leadership for our 11:00 worship service on Sunday mornings. No audition is required. Singing music from all style periods and composers, the Chancel Choir also presents seasonal concerts and masterworks in accordance with the Christian Year. Previous works include: John Rutter’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Charpentier’s Messe de minuit pour Noël, and Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ. We are supplemented by our four Choral Scholars who provide enhancement and leadership in choral excellence and experience. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM in the Music Suite.
The first organ was a pedal‐pumped, two‐manual reed instrument that sat where the display pipes are now. It proved inadequate for the sanctuary. In 1924 the Majestic Theater (now the Paramount) purchased a new organ, and the church bought the old one for $1,000. This was a small electric pipe organ. From 1931 to 1937, Dr. C. P. Boner, a physics professor at UT, with the assistance of Robert Newman, added components from three organs and parts from all over that he bought, begged, or swapped for. When completed, the organ had 2,100 pipes and 80 stops. By 1960 patches on the organ could no longer be patched, and Mr. Otto Hofmann of Austin was commissioned to build a new organ. Many of the old pipes were used, but most were made especially for the church. When completed in 1963, the instrument had 2,945 pipes. From time to time, Mr. Hofmann has made improvements and repairs to the organ. In 1986 he added 85 pipes of festival trumpets that play on all manuals and pedals.