Music Ministry Notes (Page 2)

Music Ministry Notes (Page 2)

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

Playlist on OCUUC YouTube channel

Thank you to all the musicians, slideshow creators, Zoom MCs, editors and designers, computer technicians, and slideshow operators who have helped create meaningful music  experiences in our Zoom worship these last few months. It takes a village! Did you know that we have a YouTube channel with a playlist that includes many of the videos you’ve seen at church services lately. Here’s how to access the videos: Go to YouTube.com. Then type in “OrangeCoastUU” (all one word) in YouTube’s search…

Relationship to Singing

What is your relationship to SINGING? Over the years, I’ve run into so many people who proclaim that they just aren’t singers, or that someone suggested that they shouldn’t sing in public. Many of us have shut down our voices, quite literally. It’s really unfortunate that in our culture, only “great” singers get to participate in singing. Before recorded music was invented, everyone sang—with their families, at special celebrations, and at worship. I’m sure not everyone was a “great” singer,…

Music in the Zoom Era

Zooming our worship services has definitely been a challenge, but there are some really positive things that have benefited the Music Ministries because of the need to Zoom. Several of us have learned (or refined our use of) audio and video editing software. The only way to create ensemble music right now is to compile individual videos together, because Internet latency is too long and too inconsistent to be able to sing or play together live, even (or actually, especially)…

Join the Choir

Music has saved my life many times. It gave me a voice when I was a painfully shy child. It’s given me companionship when I’ve felt alone. It connects me to my spiritual path. And it brings me peace and joy when sometimes very little else will. I wonder if music or other art forms have been saving your life lately, with the pandemic weighing heavily on all of us. What can we do as a church community to provide…

Creating Meaningful Worship

Despite the pain and isolation of the quarantine, and the ominous reality of a worldwide pandemic over our heads, your church musicians are flourishing under the challenge of quarantine. Twelve of them, including two youth, performed for our biannual (but first-ever online) Music Under the Stars concert. 15 singers participated in our first virtual choir piece, “Sanctuary,” and even more are participating with our next one, which will be out in a few weeks. And every Sunday, your musicians are…

Bringing a Glimmer of Hope

We are living in unprecedented times. I’m sure you’ve seen and read news stories about people singing together from their balconies, or neighbors enjoying front yard concerts, or famous artists (and not-so-famous ones too) broadcasting live from their living rooms. Take a moment to reflect on how music is helping everyone manage their emotions and bringing a glimmer of hope and joy to humanity. I’m one of the lucky musicians since my church job and teaching jobs did not go…

Music Under the Stars

Do you have your act together? March 7th is our annual Open Mic Night at 7pm in Daniels Hall. Bring your family-friendly act and share it with our community.It’s free to perform and free to attend. Performers, just arrive by 6:45pm that night to get on the roster. And mark your calendars for our semi-annual Music Under the Stars event on April 18. You’ll be treated to all kinds of musical performances by OCUUC folks and usually a few guests…

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 digging out those tap shoes, that ukulele, that journal full of your poems, or that song you wrote. Our Open Mic Night is a safe…

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…

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 season brings us much joy and peace during this hectic time. We hope that our preparations provide you with meaningful and thought-provoking worship experiences. On…

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 special events: Transgender Day of Remembrance, Wednesday, November 20, 7pm Thanksgiving Interfaith Music Festival, sponsored by Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council, Sunday, November 24, 6:30pm,…

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. Note-reading is not necessary, though it’s a plus if you can do it. All that’s required is that you can match pitch and follow directions.…