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Music – September 2016

Keith Plumley

August 31, 2016

September ushers in the opportunity for a time of renewal as the lazy days of summer end. Setting routines and following a schedule offer the rewards of accomplishment.

Singing in choir offers the opportunity to be connected in a group effort where single voices combine and collectively create something beautiful. This is an ideal time to consider singing in choir as the fall session begins. No auditions are required if you’re able to effectively carry a tune.  

September 11 at 9:15 a.m. — Sunday morning choir rehearsals officially begin in the choir room on lower level. The choir meets on most Sunday mornings. The church calendar will carry a listing of the rehearsal schedules.

The 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. — provides the opportunity for an additional rehearsal.

Thursday, September 8th marks the beginning of the monthly rehearsals. The focus of the monthly rehearsals will be pieces the choir will present during a predominately music service celebrating Winter Solstice on December 18th.

September 11th — Carolyn McDade’s, “Come, Drink Deep”

September 25th — Carolyn McDade’s “Bring Us Peace” by German composer, Melchior Franck, was inspired as a result of the Thirty Year War during the mid-1600’s.

UUCS holds the distinction of being recognized as a congregation with talented singers and instrumentalists who collaborate in a loving manner to produce enriching musical experiences for our services. Consider speaking with the music director about the opportunities available.


Music – August 2016

Keith Plumley

August 3, 2016

Things MusicWe welcome a new column which will appear in our monthly Unison newsletter beginning September. Things Music will contain parish music news, local music events information along with tidbits of information about our choir and anthems they offer during our services.

Over the past 7 years our choir has grown in number as well as the ability to move beyond somewhat simple music repertoire. The choir has almost 20 regular members who attend rehearsals and sing on a regular basis.

I’ve felt for a while the choir needed additional rehearsal time other than our brief times on Sunday mornings. When I recently presented the idea of additional rehearsals beginning in September the choir unanimously endorsed the idea. Watch for details in next month’s column!

Summer Choir Activity

A group of choir members met on July 2nd at Magnolia Manor Nursing home in Spartanburg and sang for the residents. The program included familiar patriotic favorites which Music at Magnolia Manormany of the residents knew and sang along.

Each choir member shared personal information as to where they were born and reared and if desired about their hobbies. The residents responded enthusiastically when invited to share along the same lines.Music at Magnolia Manor

What a wonderful investment our choir made in bringing the joy of music to folks who are many times forgotten.

Special Thanks

The following offered music during our summer services for which we are grateful: Patrice Fentiman & Ron Fowler, Fred & Pam Stoll, Joy Finch, Ed & Rosanna Stokes, Tom & Lorraine Atwood and Sydney McMath.

Future columns

  • One choir member is trying her hand with composing music. She is currently scoring a piece for the choir to sing. Do we have a ‘budding composer’ in our midst?
  • A sister UU congregation in Florida is presenting our choir with a gift. Details forthcoming in the following months.