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 how the Winter Solstice event turned out this year. Thank you to all the Singers and Readers, plus Rica Kaufel the Narrator, Andrés Triviño the Drummer, Clover Gethard for ringing the bowl, Sarah Kimball for the beautiful flute music, Sarah Jones for designing and printing the program, Stacy Smith for designing the altar, and Mary Smithberger for helping with the reception. So many people contributed to this beautiful ritual. Plus so many of you came out to experience it. Thank you.

Orange Coast Choir's next time on the road will be for the MLK Day UU Choir Festival on Sunday, January 19 at 4pm at Neighborhood Church in Pasadena. It's free and open to everyone.There are usually 6 or 7 UU choirs sharing their music, plus we'll sing "Show Us How to Love" all together at the end. It's always a lovely event!

By the way, if you want to sing with our choir, you can jump in any time. We will resume rehearsals on January 9 (no rehearsal on January 2), and continue to rehearse on Thursdays 7:30-9pm through mid-June.

The VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT is shining on Phil Chipman this month. In addition to being a solid-as-a-rock singer in the choir,Phil also plays guitar whenever needed. And,he transcribes music and chords fromrecordings for us whenever we want to learn a song for which sheet music is unavailable. Phil is an excellent musician and is very gracious with the time and talent he donates to OCUUC's Music Ministries. Thanks Phil!

Looking forward to a wonderful 2020 filled with music, meaning, and memorable moments with you all.

Musically Yours,
Beth Syverson
Director of Music Ministries