The regular column from Beth Syverson, OCUUC's Director of Music Ministries. Beth can be reached by email at musicdirector@ocuuc.org.

Reflections on the Chorus America Conference

Last month I was lucky enough to attend the Chorus America Conference in Cincinnati, thanks to this congregation’s support of my professional development funds. Here are a few highlights of the conference – things that I can tangibly apply to my work here at OCUUC: Speaker on multicultural programming and multicultural audience development. Does our…

Thanks

I’d like to take this opportunity at the end of the church year to thank a few people who helped make the Music Ministries an inspiration for everyone this past year: The Music Committee – Barbara Schilling, Amy Tompkins, and Stacy Smith – creates fun events throughout the year to help raise funds for the…

Music Notes

Orange Coast Choir is lucky to have several new singers join us in the last few months: Richard Belles, Tamara Colby, and Don Martin. If you’ve always wanted to sing in a choir, this would be a great opportunity for you too. We sing through the end of June, then take off July and August. The only requirements…

Music Notes

Singers – Time to join the choir If you like to sing, we’d love to have you in the choir!  We meet every Thursday night at 7:30pm and we sing in services about 3 Sundays per month.  We have some exciting music events coming up that you can participate in, including a MLK UU Choral…

Music Notes

“If you can speak, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance.” Zimbabwean Proverb I have spoken to many people in our congregation who don’t think they can sing, or who were emotionally wounded when someone told them they couldn’t/shouldn’t sing. Both of these scenarios will shut down one’s singing voice. If you…

The Choir returns!

Top 10 Reasons to Join Orange Coast Choir: 10. Intellectual stimulation — when you make music, you are using both sides of your brain. 9. All those tenor jokes will suddenly make sense. 8. You’ll learn how to sing in your range, not just the soprano melody line. 7. Guaranteed seating when the church is…

June Music Notes

We’re winding up our church year, and the Music Ministries at OCUUC are shifting into summer mode soon. Thanks to all who attended the annual choir concert! It was a wonderful event and the choir worked so hard to prepare an inspiring program for you. Thanks, choir, for your dedication to music and to OCUUC!…

May Music Notes

Jim Scott, Unitarian Universalist singer-songwriter, will be singing with the choir at Music Sunday Services on May 10th The choir will be singing his work For This We Stand, which includes a song for each of our seven principles. Our annual spring choir concert will be on Saturday, May 30th at 7:00pm. This year’s concert will be “A Celebration of the Mass…

April Notes

In April we will be trying out three of the top entries for the New Offertory Contest in our Sunday services. Keep an open mind and help us find the song that fits us best. ​Mark your calendar for these upcoming music events: New Offertory Contest –during April Music Sunday, with guest Jim Scott –May 10th…

Music Notes March

March 28th OPEN MIC NIGHT is coming up on March 28 at 7pm.  We are looking for acts of all kinds, plus we need audience members.  Do you have a talent for juggling, dog tricks, singing, interpretive dance, sword swallowing, or dramatic reading?    This family-friendly event is free for both audience members and performers. …