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 Courage To Continue

The Courage To Continue

June 9, 2024

"The Courage to Continue" — led by the Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, senior co-minister. Our annual Flower Communion Pride Celebration honors the struggles that have been surmounted, recognizing the work that needs to be done, and affirming the beauty in every soul.

Prepare Ye the Way

Prepare Ye the Way

June 2, 2024

"Prepare Ye The Way"— led by the Revs. Anya and Scott Sammler-Michael, senior co-ministers. As we explore the nature of renewal, we will explore how we best prepare for the change that is always coming, as well as explore how best to retain what is of worth from our pasts.

Containing Multitudes, Courting Complexity

Containing Multitudes, Courting Complexity

May 26, 2024

"Containing Multitudes, Courting Complexity"— led by the Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, senior co-minister. So many perceptions flood our minds, so many memories dance, vying for our attention. But what do we remember, and why? How do we discern the truth when confronted with seemingly opposite realities? Using, in part, the conflict in Gaza as an example of the power of remembering the wrong things, Rev Scott invites us to court complexity in our thinking and employ humility in our proclamations.

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