Category Archives: On That Note…

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From That Note… – September 2015

September 1, 2015
“You must always believe that life is as extraordinary as music says it is”. –Rebecca West You probably heard that Judie Rinearson, who has fearlessly chaired the Music Committee for several years, is moving to London for twelve months or...

On That Note… – May 2015

May 1, 2015
“I suppose there are people to whom music doesn’t matter, but I’ve never met them.”  –Salman Rushdie This past February, we hosted our second annual Interfaith Choir Festival. On a cold and snowy Saturday afternoon, the adult choir of Christ...

On That Note… – March 2015

March 1, 2015
After our first Interfaith Choir Festival in October 2013, I was approached by Amanda Harberg, a professional composer and friend of our Composer-in-Residence, Tom Parente. She had an idea for organizing a series of chamber music concerts with top-level performers,...

On That Note… – September 2014

September 1, 2014
From time immemorial – or, to be more exact, since 1983 – the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN) has hosted a summer conference. This annual meeting is attended by conductors, instrumentalists, choir members, ministers, composers, and others who are passionate about developing the musical life...

On That Note… – Summer 2014

July 17, 2014
Several years before the beginning of my illustrious career as a UU musician, I had a job in a small health food store. I started as a part-time clerk and over the course of several years gradually assumed more authority....

On That Note… – June 2014

May 30, 2014
As I am writing this, the internet connection at the U has just recently come back after we were offline for several hours. I had a brief chat about it with our RE Coordinator, Judith Stein-Farrall, who told me that...

On That Note… – May 2014

April 24, 2014
Several years ago I was hired by a fairly large UU congregation in the Metro NY district as the music director for their summer services. I very much enjoyed working there and met a lot of terrific people. They invited...

On That Note… – March 2014

March 1, 2014
Last month I conducted a concert production of the musical “Sunday in the Park with George,” one of my very favorite shows. It revolves around the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat....