Notes from the Risers (Music News)
Thanks to all of those who lent their musical talents to our services in February, including Joey Dorwart, Erin Johns, Gregory Guay, Sally Rogers, Helena Dilling, our Choir, and our Intergenerational Choir.
Do you love to sing but don’t have time to make the full choir commitment? No problem – join the Easter Choir! We’re going to be singing an excerpt from Vivaldi’s Magnificat accompanied by a chamber ensemble. The music is accessible and sounds magnificently like a Magnificat. All music will be taught. Practice recordings are posted online. Please plan on attending a minimum of three rehearsals.
Easter Choir Rehearsals on these Wednesdays in Gage Hall
March 7 8:00 to 8:30
March 14 8:00 to 8:30
March 21 7:30 to 8:00
March 28 7:30 to 8:00
Intergenerational Choir practice is on Wednesday 3/21 from 6:30 to 7:30. The choir will sing for the March 25 service (warm-up at 10 AM). Anyone and everyone of all ages is welcome.
Adult Choir practices on all other 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.
Martha Welch Scholarship Award
Each year, the music committee gives a $500 Martha Welch Award to a young musician in our church. An outside judge will evaluate the contestants. This year, auditions will be held Thursday, April 19 at 5.30 p.m. at the church. Applicants must be currently enrolled in our RE program and have studied music formally for a minimum of one year. Each applicant must submit a written application consisting of a thoughtful statement by the student explaining why they are interested in music and for what they might use the prize (music lessons, camp, instruments, etc.).
Applications are due by April 12 to Susan Conant at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off in person to the church office. Auditions must be in person. The most recent recipient of the award is not eligible to apply.
The Line-up for March Sundays:
3/4 – Gerald Gregory and friends – Jazz trio
3/11 – A special song by the Choir plus clarinet duets and trios
3/18 – Award-winning harpist Abigail Kent will accompany the Choir and play solos
3/25 – The Intergenerational Choir plus soloist Regina Ruopoli
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 or view the Music at UC-CHS webpages:
Application for Music Education Funds
Our Candlelight Concerts series has the dual purpose of providing a quality musical experience while aiding under-served 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 concerts are available in the church office and will be accepted through spring 2018.