Notes from the Risers (Music News)
Musical Line-Up for May
5/6 –The Choir plus guest David Hunt on viola da gamba
5/13 –Rebecca Darling will be the soloist for our celebration of Mother’s Day and UU Women
5/20 – Late Model Children will bring us some of their favorites
5/27 – Music for Memorial Day with soloist Jo Kokri-Bhatt, our Adult Choir and Oliver Lewis on bagpipes.
Thanks to all of those who lent their musical talents to our services in April.
It was a diverse month with both in-house and local talent, including: Sophia Zimmerman and Jim Carrier who helped us with an Easter of Baroque music, Helena Dilling and Amy Ball who played Beethoven piano duets, Brazilian band Porto Seguro accompanied the choir for two bossa-nova songs; Regina Ruopoli, Tom Ross, and the Women’s Choir made a joyful noise on Earth Day, and our Six Great Basses ushered April out with a roar. Our hard-working and dedicated choir continued to perform wonderfully. Please make sure to thank each of them for their time and talent. The “Whole Church” songs, led by our RE students, have been well received by all.
If you would like to join an ensemble or have a special musical project in mind, please contact our Music Director, Susan Conant, via the church office.
Is on Wednesdays from 6:45 to 8:30. Give choir a try! All songs are taught part-by-part. We have easy-to-follow practice materials available. The last choir practice of the regular church year is on May 30. There will be no practice on, May 16.
Music for Summer Services
Our Summer service season is a bit less formal than the regular church year. We have no regular music staff and much of the summer service music is covered by in-house volunteers. The schedule is being put together now. If you would like to participate in summer music, please contact Susan Conant, Music Director, as soon as possible.
Martha Welch Scholarship Award Winner – Oliver Lewis
The Music Committee is pleased to announce that Oliver Lewis has been awarded this year’s Martha Welch Music Scholarship. He performed a wonderful audition for us on his Scottish bagpipes. A sample of his playing will be featured on May 27. Please congratulate Oliver on his accomplishment.
Application for Music Education Funds
Our Candlelight Concert series has the dual purpose of providing a quality musical experience while aiding underserved children through funding youth music programs. Not-for-profit organizations and in-school initiatives are encouraged to apply.
The amount available each year is variable, depending on revenue, but generally falls between $500 and $2,000 per year. Applications for funding from our 2018-2019 season are available in the church office and will be accepted through spring 2018.
Submitted by Susan Conant, Interim Music Director