A joyous year in music! That’s the conclusion after reflection on my first year as Interim Music Director at the Unitarian Church in Charleston. Working with and deepening connections with our church community including musicians, staff and worship associates has been a wonderful journey. We explored new musical styles, found a good path for involving the whole church in music making, provided more formats for church members to participate in the music and brought in a diverse roster of guest artists. Working with our dedicated, wonderful choir has been an inspiring collaboration of learning, growing and continually seeking new artistic pathways. Next year will bring more fun, more growth and more collaboration.

We are sorry to have Amy Ball stepping down from her assignment as our treasured choir accompanist. Our accompanist for over ten years, Amy knows us better than anyone. Besides providing beautiful playing, she anticipates the choir’s needs, figures out which vocal part requires extra help and sets a steady tempo. Many, many thanks to Amy; she will be sorely missed as accompanist. However, she is not going far – simply taking more responsibilities at her day job. We will still have the pleasure of her music from time to time.

We are in the process of putting together a new accompanist/keyboardist team for next year. The work will be split between two players – one with classical training and the other with contemporary music skills. We are lucky to have Rick Stanton joining us to cover the classical music portion. He will begin this summer with coverage of some of the summer services.

Thanks to all who lent their musical talents to our services in May: Rebecca Darling, vocalist; David Hunt on viola da gamba; Late Model Children; Jo Kokri-Bhatt; Oliver Lewis and as always, our intrepid Choir.

Music for June through August

June 3 – Rick Stanton and Susan Conant classical duets; Choir’s traditional summer farewell anthem

June 10 – Amy Ball and Carol Oates piano duets with Regina Ruopoli singing

June 17 – At the Church Picnic we’ll sing many of our Whole Church Songs and more

June 24 to August 19 – The music for summer services is covered by a variety of musicians. Details will be posted on the church website. Conant is off until mid-August.

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First Choir Sunday –26

Give choir a try! Our August choir songs will all be easy to learn and fun.choristers are encouraged to try it out. All songs are taught part-by-part. We have easy-to-follow practice materials available.

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.                    

Submitted by Susan Conant, Interim Music Director