“The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best”
(Henry Van Dyke)
From The Music Director:
ALL Voices Welcome this Fall!
Singing Opportunities for EVERYONE!
You (yes, you!) are invited to sing. You could limit yourself to singing in your shower or at worship, but why? We’d also LOVE to have your voice at our informal community singing night, singing with the choir, or learning to lead other people in song.
I am so excited to be back with you this fall! We are starting this year with a full ministry staff team! It’s been a while, and it feels amazing. Huge thank you to the search committees who brought us Rev. Susanne Intriligator and DRE Katie Camire.
This summer I once again attended the conference of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians’ Network (UUMN) in Portland, OR. At this conference, the organization voted on a new mission and vision and accompanying name change. We will now be called the Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM). Why? I’d be glad to discuss it with you – find me and ask!
This conference, I continued deep work in the Music Leader Certification Program including multi-hour workshops on Collaborative Leadership, Musicians as Theologians, and SongLeading. I also had the joy of being a supporting leader in a workshop about Evensongs for UU congregations. In this role, I played cello with music professionals from three different congregations.
It is so professionally and spiritually nourishing for me to participate in these events. I am a better Music Director for you because of these events. Huge thank you to this congregation for your support!
Every Sunday, 9:00 am: Adult Choir Rehearsal, in the Sanctuary
We rehearse from 9:00 am – 10:15 am on Sunday mornings (except “Morning Song” Sundays, see below) and occasionally have additional rehearsals for special occasions (like Christmas, Music Sunday etc.) Adult Choir is intended to be a welcoming group that includes people of many different musical experiences. And, unlike singing in a community choir outside of church, the songs we sing have a very intentional and vital role in morning worship. If you’ve ever been curious, just come try it out! Or talk to Tara or a choir member.
First Sunday of Each Month, “Morning Song”, in Sanctuary
On the first Sunday of each month (unless otherwise noted) the Congregation meets for 30-minutes of singing meditation beginning at 9:30 am in the Sanctuary. We will immerse ourselves in a few short, meditative songs with minutes of silence in between. Some of the songs will be familiar, some will be new. Some of the songs will be unaccompanied, and some will be accompanied by cello. To participate, you are absolutely not required to sing, but all voices are welcome – middle school age and older.
Saturday, September 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Choir Retreat, in Parish Hall
New Singers are always welcome in Adult Choir, but you are most especially invited to join us at our annual kick-off retreat. We will eat together, get to know each other, vision a bit, and sing a whole lot!
Saturday, September 9, 9:00 am: Choir Rehearsal for Homecoming Service, in Sanctuary
Thursday, September 13, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Community Singing Night, in Parish Hall (following church supper!)
Raise your voice in a supportive, informal community environment. Learn a few new songs, consider adventuring into new harmonies. Build and deepen community. But mostly, come have some fun!
Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Song-Leading Workshop, in Parish Hall
Explore song-leading in a supportive, low pressure environment & consider whether you’d like to be part of an ongoing song-leading ministry team.
(Information is posted on the CALENDAR page)
Please check our Calendar or speak with Tara (musicdirector [at] melroseuu [dot] org) with any questions regarding assisting the Children’s Choir or your children joining the choir. When scheduled, rehearsals are 12:00 pm – 12:20 pm in the Sanctuary. Please check the calendar page.