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

Open Mic Night: A Safe and Welcoming Space

Do you have a hidden talent you’d like to share with the congregation? On March 7 we’ll be hosting our annual Open Mic Night. It’s open to all ages, all abilities, all genres. The only requirement is the act has to be family-friendly. It’s free to perform and free to attend this event. So start…

MLK Day UU Choir Festival

A big shout-out to all the musicians, readers, A/V volunteers, and setter-uppers who participated in the festivities of the last month. December has been a very busy time for our Music Ministries, with the Winter Solstice Singing Ritual and the Christmas Eve service, on top of our regular Sunday offerings. I was very pleased with…

Holiday Music

‘Tis the Season for musicians to be super-busy. OCUUC’s singers are getting ready for our Christmas Eve service plus our annual Winter Solstice Singing Ritual. Readers, a drummer, a narrator, a singing-bowl player, and behind-thescenes volunteers are also helping out with those two services. For many of us, rehearsing and performing the music of this…

Musical Events in Nov & Dec

Would you like to get involved with the Music Ministries?  Singing in the choir, playing an instrument with congregational songs, supporting behind-the-scenes, other ideas? There are lots of ways to be of service, and I’d be happy to chat with you if you’d like to get involved. Make sure to mark your calendar for these…

ALWAYS ROOM FOR MORE – INCLUDING YOUTH

Orange Coast Choir has begun its 2019-2020 season with a bang. We have more people participating in choir this fall than we’ve had in a long time. But there’s ALWAYS room for more. If you’re interested in singing, contact Beth, or just show up on any Thursday night. We rehearse Thursdays 7:30-9:00pm in Daniels Hall.…

Orange Coast Choir is back up and running!

Music Under the Stars is coming up on Saturday September 14 at 7pm outside in the courtyard at OCUUC. This is a semi-annual performance by your friends in the Music Ministries. We perform songs that you might not hear in a Sunday service -silly songs, parodies, sad songs, love songs, and instrumental pieces as well.…

UU Musicians Network Conference 2018

I am so grateful that OCUUC gives me enough Professional Development funds each year so that I can attend the annual UU Musicians Network Conference. This year it was held August 1-5 at the big UU church headed by Rev. Bill Sinkford (former President of the UUA) in Portland, Oregon. Here is a brief summary of what…

With Deep Gratitude

With deep gratitude to Rev. Sian, the Board, and all the volunteers who will help make this happen, I will be taking a medical leave through mid-June. I’ve been struggling with pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of my heart) for over a month, and I’m still not feeling better. I suspect the doctors haven’t unlocked…

October Music Note

Last month our newest ensemble debuted.  U3 (Unitarian Universalist Ukuleles) performed “Over the Rainbow,” with guest singer Triston Dyer. I was thrilled to have 11 of us playing during our annual Ingathering service, including two children and one guest who had never attended OCUUC before joining U3!  About half of the group had never learned…

UU Musicians Network Annual Conference

Report on UU Musicians Network (UUMN) Annual Conference In July I spent five days with 230 of my UUMN colleagues in Arlington, VA at our annual conference. Here are some of the highlights: Every morning I enjoyed a worship service created by a worship team made up of UUMN members. It was wonderful to be…