“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” ~William James
Unity of Houston has an amazing team of musicians and singers who bring inspiring music to our weekly services. Our music at Unity is well known for its great variety of musical styles.
The Unity Choir is a great place to get connected! Our choir performs 8 to 10 times per year in concerts, Sunday services, and other special events.
Auditions are not necessary and the ability to read music is a plus but likewise, not required. Just bring your heart and soul, and be ready to sing the light of God! Prospective members can join the choir at any time, understanding that a minimum number of rehearsals is required before each performance.
For more information about the Unity Choir, contact our Music Director, David York at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Team Staff
David York, PhD, comes to Unity of Houston with a lifetime of experience as a professional church musician – first as an organist and choir director for Methodist churches in Oklahoma City where he was born and raised, then with New Thought churches soon after he moved to Portland, Oregon. In Oregon, David served as the Music Director for Unity of Beaverton with Rev. Ed Townley, for Living Enrichment Center with Rev. Mary Manin Morrissey, and most recently for New Thought Center for Spiritual Living with Rev. Dr. David Alexander.
Dr. York holds music degrees from Oklahoma City University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon. His choral conducting experience ranges from award-winning professional choruses, to extensive work with adult amateur choirs, to elite children’s choirs – including David York Ensemble, Aurora Women’s Chorus, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, and Portland Boychoir to name a few.
With a background rich and varied with performing experience in the theater and concert hall, as a vocal soloist, pianist, dancer, director, and composer, David derives even greater satisfaction through teaching and inspiring others to express their inherent greatness. His infectious energy and zest for life inspire enthusiasm among those who come into his musical orbit. Holding himself and others to high standards of excellence, David’s personal mission is to be a presence that calls people to have a more personal relationship with God and to share their indwelling Christ light with confidence, freedom, peace, and joy.
BORIS BRITT began his vocal training and love for music at an early age of 12. He was active in Middle School and High School concert bands, stage bands, and theater. He studied voice and stage performance at Chattanooga State and V.C.U. School of Music. The Project, “Just Boris, For Every Mountain “, was Boris’ first Solo Cd project recorded at Daywind Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Inspirational and motivational songs with a sultry vibe characterizes Boris’ style of vocal delivery. Boris has lived in Houston, TX for over 15 years and is a Solo Artist, Song Writer, and Worship Leader at Unity of Houston. He is also a Unity Prayer Partner. Boris creates poetry and songs of empowerment and spirituality. “The I Am That I Am” Project is a collection of original poems set to music, written by Boris Britt and produced with John Edward Ross.
GARY NORIAN, originally from Chicago, is a 20 year native Texan. He performs around Houston, has a thriving teaching studio, and can be seen and heard at Unity each and every Sunday. Gary has performed with the Houston Symphony with guest artists Megan Hilty, Bernadette Peters, Tony Desare, Montego Glover, N’Kenge and Capathia Jenkins, under the direction of New York Pops conductor/musical director, Steven Reineke.
Julia Laskowski has performed in Houston at Mainstreet Theatre, TUTS, HGO, The Alley, Stages, Texas Repertory, Opera in the Heights, The Grand Opera House in Galveston, The Stafford Center, Ovations Night Club, and TheaterLab. She has done concert tours in Voghera, Montescano, Pinzolo, Fanano, Milano and Gubbio Italy. Her early performances were in the opera repertoire and later she became known for roles in musical theatre and her variety concerts. She has been a soloist at Unity of Houston since 1995. She will play the role of Effy in the Spitfire Grill at the new AD PLAYERS Theater in April & May 2020.
KEITH VIVENS was voted “Best Bass Player in Houston” in 1998 by the critics poll in Public News Magazine. Keith has performed and recorded with such artists as Howard Hewitt, Bobby Lyle, Harvey Mason, Ricky Lawson, Everrete Harp, Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair, Branford Marsalis, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Randy & Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, Joe Lavano & Grammy Award Winning “La Mafia”, Scott Gertner Band, TKOH, The Franchise, Stanley Turlentine, Les McCaan, Carl Fontana, Ben Vereen, Dwight Sills, V. Michael McKay, Larry Correal, Little Joe Hernandez, The Drifters, The Coasters.
Hailed as one of the “Faces to Watch” and “…one of a new breed of opera singers…” tenor, KENNETH GAYLE continues to accumulate accolades in a national career spanning opera, concert and stage. Currently serving as Producing Director at Music Doing Good, Mr. Gayle is an alumnus of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program and a cum laude graduate of the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University
ANDY GRALL has been playing piano since 1999. He served as pianist at Unity Spiritual Life Center of Oklahoma City for ten years, and as music director for another three after that, before moving to Houston in 2013. He joined the band as keyboardist in March, 2015.
VERNON J. DANIELS, born into a musical family, is one of Houston’s most sought after drummers. He pursued his education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he studied with Alvin Batiste, Dr. Isaac Greggs and Professor Don Dillion. While attending college, he was able to work with film director Spike Lee, actress Kim Fields, musicians Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie, to name a few. After spending 10 years working in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans area, he relocated to Houston and has played his drums extensively. Since he has been in Houston, Vernon has graced the stage with many national and international artist such as, Joe Sample, Kirk Whalum, Yolanda Adams, actors Don Rickles and Dan Aykroyd.
JOHN EDWARD ROSS is a composer, producer, guitarist, and educator. He has scored films such as the documentary Space, Land, and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm, composed and performed for modern dance companies Ashdanceworks and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, created multimedia film/music duets with filmmaker Laura Harrison, and created commercial music. As a guitarist he has led modern and avant-garde jazz ensembles, and he has performed and recorded with numerous other groups. He recently finished building (from the ground up, with his own two hands) an 1300 square foot music studio-Studio Sassafras. Musicians and artists come to Studio Sassafras to record and to work with John Edward as a producer. He also teaches private music lessons and has developed a series of books and recordings for teaching guitar. He is the recipient of several artist grants and residencies in his home of Houston, TX.