Music Ministry

Choral Workshop – August 25

Rev. Jason Shelton (composer of Standing on the Side of Love and other pieces we sing) is presenting a choral workshop on August 25.  Nine people from choir are going.  I thought you might be interested too. Workshop: Cycle of Song Presenter: Rev. Jason Shelton Saturday, August 25th 9:30 – 5:00 UU Congregation at Montclair … Continued

Take a Look at Your Wall

Caryl Tipton, Director, Music Ministry I don’t know about you, but whenever I find a quote, bumper sticker, Facebook posting or anything that inspires me, I post it on a bulletin board above my desk at home (and in the church office). These items illuminate all the various aspects of my world, my heart and … Continued

Chi Yi Breathing

Caryl Tipton, Director, Music Ministry I can’t tell you how many times singers have said, “Sometimes I just don’t feel like coming to choir after a long day, but I’m always glad I did! I feel better and with more energy after singing!” Breathing is the foundation on which the singing voice is built and … Continued

Singers and Instruments Are Instrumental in Sunday Services

Throughout my time at UUCWC as Director of Music Ministry, I’ve asked myself why it’s so hard to find instrumentalists who are willing to play for a worship service. How do we get members/friends of the congregation to use their instrumental talents? How can we remove the dust that covers the case of a once … Continued

Choirs Bring a “Heart Connection” – Part Two

(Excerpted from “Choirs Bring a ‘Heart Connection’” by Donald E. Skinner in the Fall 2010 edition of UU World. Reprinted with permission of UU World © UUA) What would our Sunday mornings be like without our choir[s]? Fortunately, most of us will never have to find out. All across the country there are friends and … Continued

“Choirs Bring a ‘Heart Connection'” – Part One

by Caryl Tipton, Director, Music Ministry (Excerpts from Choirs Bring a ‘Heart Connection’ by Donald E. Skinner in the Fall 2010 edition of UU World. Reprinted with permission of UU World © UUA) Have you noticed a new addition to Crossings II in the Order of Service, ”Our Music Today”? Inspired by the work being … Continued

Auld Lang Syne: Sing Your Own Special Song

The Scottish poem Auld Lang Syne was not written by Robert Burns as many believe. He stated that he was only the first to write it down on paper. It translates to “old long since” and means “times gone by” and at the end of each year we find ourselves singing the song while drinking … Continued

Musical Traditions

by Caryl Tiption, Director, Music Ministry In this crazy world we live in, isn’t it nice to have traditions and rituals that connect us to our past and/or can bring us into the future? And…the best thing is when we can enjoy and make new traditions of our own in the present. Maybe you sang … Continued

The Great Spirit Gave Us Each a Song

The Great Spirit Gave Us Each a Song (Native American Proverb) I have a drawing with this proverb hanging in my office. It inspires me to continue to encourage everyone in our community to sing their “song” through music. Whether singing along with the hymns chosen for a sermon, singing specific songs that the choir … Continued