Music Directors

Barbara Brooks

Barbara coordinates the vocal and musical components of Sunday Assemblies. She directs the First Unitarian Society Chorus and the Chalice Choir as well as overseeing the special music programs offered by the Society throughout the year. You may or call 612.377.6608 x106.

Barbara is an active vocal coach, pianist and music director in the Twin Cities area. She has served as coach/pianist for several opera companies including Canadian Opera, Minnesota Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Banff, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Berkshire Opera and the Wesley Balk Opera/Music Theatre Institute, as well as for university opera programs at the University of North Texas and the University of Minnesota.

She is presently the principal accompanist of and artistic advisor to the Minnesota Chorale. She also served as a vocal coach in the Resident Artists program at the Minnesota Opera. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Augsburg College and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan. She attended the Britten-Pears school in England where she studied accompanying with Martin Isepp.

Dr. Jeffrey Stirling

Dr. Stirling conducts the First Unitarian Society Orchestra which participates in an average of three Music Sundays each year. He is Music Director of the Saint Paul Civic Symphony and the Northeast Orchestra and is a conductor for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

Dr. Stirling holds degrees from Yale and Northwestern Universities and pursued advanced studies at the Tanglewood and Salzburg music festivals, and at the Paris Conservatory. In recent seasons, Stirling has been a cover conductor for the Minnesota Orchestra, appeared with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and been a guest conductor with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji Symphony, Skylark Opera and the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd. He has also directed the orchestra programs at the University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, the University of Northern Iowa and Gustavus Adolphus and Luther colleges, and has served on the faculty at St. Olaf College. Jeffrey has also been a guest instructor for the Chamber Music Association of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.