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First Unitarian Music Staff

Director of Music & Organist

Will Sherwood, ChM, AAGOWill Sherwood is the Artistic Director for the Mechanics Hall Worcester Organ Concert Series and Principal Organist at Mechanics Hall. He has been Director of Music & Organist at First Unitarian for 30+ years, and is currently Dean of Worcester AGO. He has appeared in concert at Mechanics Hall, as well as guest artist with the Boston Pops, and on organ concert tour in Europe and the U.S. For thirty years, he was a Sr. Engineering Manager at Intel (formerly Digital (DEC) ). Since corporate retirement, he is CTO & Owner of Sherwood Hosting, providing web hosting, web & graphic design & database design, and commercial photography services.

Assistant Director of Music

James HauptJames Haupt (he/him) has been a part of the music program at First Unitarian since 2011. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Music, and M.S. in Systems Engineering, both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and has studied under John Delorey (choral conducting), Douglas Weeks (conducting), Noel Liberty (piano), and Dr. Lloyd Cast (voice). James has been playing piano for over 30 years, and is frequently sought out as both a Music Director and Accompanist for both college and community theaters productions in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Notable performances include the “40-Fingers Steinway Extravaganza Concert” at First Unitarian in 2017, and the DASH Award-winning How to Succeed in Business… at Theater at the Mount in 2015. Outside of music and theater, James is a Principal Researcher at Spear Research, working in Electronic Warfare and Radar Systems, and specializing in Digital Signal Processing, VHDL, and Simulation.


Please also see information about our Artists in Residence musicians.