Markus 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 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



The Many and The One

The Many and The One

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"The Many And The One"— led by the Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, senior co-minister. The most infinitesimal particle, the quark, still contains a multitude. There is no one person, one idea, or one moment in time that does not contain and contribute to diversity. This Mother's Day we celebrate the uniqueness of motherhood and the diversity of its expression and experience.

Sustaining the Call

Sustaining the Call

May 5, 2024

"Sustaining the Call" — led by the Rev. Charles Loflin, affiliated community minister. In 2006, UU FaithAction was founded as a collaborative effort of New Jersey UU congregations to confront systemic injustice through Education, Mobilization and Advocacy. The call to faith based activism is energizing but also carries with it the risk of burnout. How do we sustain the call to social justice work without being driven to exhaustion?

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

April 28, 2024

"A Beautiful Mess" — led by the Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, senior co-minister. This is the story in the service where we discover the beauty in the mess.

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