Markus Grae-Hauck

Director of Music Ministries

Markus leads a rally in song on Church Street in Montclair

Markus sits with a toddler on the chancel playing his guitar

Markus shares his guitar with a young congregant after worship

Markus was trained as a classical pianist in Germany before studying jazz on a scholarship at Berklee College of Music. In addition, he earned a Master’s degree in choral conducting from the Boston Conservatory. He also completed the three-year Music Leadership Certification program administered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in collaboration with the Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM).

Markus has conducted big bands, vocal ensembles, orchestras, rock groups, jazz combos, and over 80 musical theater productions, including a national tour of Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano. He has also lived in four countries, figured out the meaning of life, played keytar in a rock group while dressed in a neon pink jumpsuit, co-founded an opera company, and released two CDs of his piano compositions; his music has been featured on nationally syndicated German network radio and on the album le classique abstrait, published worldwide by Universal Music. Markus lives in West Orange with his wife, Laurice, their precocious daughter Beatrice, and two dogs of questionable heritage.

Markus has been serving the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair since 2012. He believes in the power of communal singing, dismantling white supremacy, and smashing the patriarchy.

Ring the Bell/Which still can ring/Forget your perfect/ Offering/There is a crack/A crack in everything/ That’s how light gets in.

Leonard Cohen, Anthem



Cursing 101

Cursing 101

June 26, 2022

Led by UUCM member Ghana Hylton, our service will ask what does faith mean for a Unitarian Universalist within this community and in relationship with our world?

Masculinity Need Not Be Toxic

Masculinity Need Not Be Toxic

June 19, 2022

“Masculinity Need Not be Toxic!” - led by the Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, senior co-minister and lay leader Geoff Zylstra. In honor of fathers and parents of all genders Rev. Scott and Geoff explore and celebrate the many ways that masculinity can serve the just and the good.

All the Colors of Pride

All the Colors of Pride

June 12, 2022

Our service will celebrate all of the colors of pride, proclaiming that we need each and every one of us to survive.

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