Unity Choir & Unity Ensemble Group
“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 L. BRITT, originally from La Grange, North Carolina, currently resides here in Houston, TX. He began singing as early as 12 years old while learning from different private voice mentors and tutors from Middle School and throughout his Career in Physical Therapy. Boris studied private voice and stage performance under Dr. Wayne Battie at Virginia Common Wealth University in Richmond, VA. Boris has been singing for over 35 years before live audiences across the country and has been a member of Unity for over 15 years. Boris is currently undertaking studies at The Centers for Spiritual Living to become a Licensed Science of Mind Minister. His passion is MUSIC, LIFE, LOVE, and BEAUTY.
GARY NORIAN, originally from Chicago, is a 15 year native Texan. He performs around Houston, has a thriving teaching studio, and can be seen and heard at Unity each and every Sunday. Recently, Gary has performed with the Houston Symphony with guest artist Megan Hilty, and New York Pops conductor, Steven Reineke.
JULIA KAY LASKOWSKI has performed with every prominent theater in Houston. She sang the title role in Always. . . Patsy Cline for 18 months – the longest running musical ever in Houston and again in Iowa and at the Texas Repertory Theater in North Houston. She is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts, where she began her career as an opera singer. Julia occasionally performs in an Italian tour, IL MITO DI BROADWAY! She is currently writing and performing with partner, Patti Rabaza. These two incredibly versatile singers are becoming known in Houston and the surrounding areas for their spectacular concert series.
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.