Special Music

Special Music

Later this month, I will be attending the Association of UU Music Ministries (AUUMM) annual conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Like everyone else, our organization canceled the last 2 conferences because of COVID, so I'm looking forward to this one even more than usual. One of the best parts about the conference is the in-between conversations with colleagues. I've made so many friends throughout the years, and I enjoy reconnecting with them once a year (plus throughout the year on Facebook with some of them). Of course, the workshops and plenary sessions - the meat of the conference - are always informative and inspiring. I will be presenting a workshop about the AUUMM Music Database I created and continue to edit; plus, I will be co-leading a workshop about spiritual practices for music leaders. Each morning begins with a worship service, and it is lovely to be "just" a participant in those services, instead of leading them. There are recitals and a goofy variety show, choral reading sessions (which I'm co-leading this year), and a choral clinician who leads our whole group during the Sunday morning service at our host church. I'm very grateful that OCUUC funds this whole trip through my professional development funds. There are many conference attendees who have to pay their own way, and if that was the case for me, I probably wouldn't be able to go. I am proud of OCUUC for supporting my professional development, and I hope you agree that these conferences have been a worth-while investment over the years.

Make sure you have Thursday, August 4 at 7pm on your calendar. That's the date that singer-songwriter Spencer LaJoye (they / them) will be at OCUUC for a hybrid concert. Spencer wrote "The Plowshare Prayer" and has many other poignant and fun songs they will be sharing.

And welcome to our newest employee, Avery Brown (they/them), who is our new audio engineer. Make sure and say hi to them next time you're at church on a Sunday morning.

Musically Yours,
Beth Syverson, Director of Music Ministries