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



Changing Our Minds

Changing Our Minds

November 27, 2022

“Changing our Minds” - led by Ministerial Intern Sabrina Trupia. One way to learn compassion is to listen to someone whose opinion is so different from ours that we may think we have nothing in common and nothing to learn from them. This service is an exploration of what changes when we do.

We Are Changed Together

We Are Changed Together

November 20, 2022

“How We Are Changed Together” - led by the Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael. This is the Sunday for our annual Harvest Bread Communion. Bakers have prepared loaves from their own traditions, and members at different stages will testify to their experience of being changed as a result of their engagement with our congregation. We will also hold a Naming Ceremony for transgender, gender non-conforming and gender queer individuals, we will recognize the departure of Administrator Danielle Carlo, our Choir will sing, and our Coming of Age Class will participate in various aspects of our service.

We Are Changed

We Are Changed

November 13, 2022

This service gives us the space to reflect on the ways that we have been changed as individuals and as a community by the challenges and attendant wisdom gained over the past three years. Music, joy and a New Member Ceremony add to the gift of this gathering.

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