With glad hearts and great expectations, the Music Director Search Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Carolyn P. Sweet as our new Music Director. Although she has already picked up a copy of our hymnals, gotten her office keys and met the other staff and Worship Team, she will not officially begin at KUUC until the last week in August. We hope to create an opportunity for the congregation to meet Carolyn before our Ingathering on Sunday, September 9, 2018.
There are many good things we could say about Carolyn, but three things stick out: her love of playing the organ, her many years as a professional church musician and the way that her work, witness and values align with the values and mission of KUUC.
Carolyn Sweet has been serving as a church musician, organist and director of small ensembles of vocalists and instrumentalists, for 26 years. Although her training has led to specialization in sacred organ and early keyboard music, she has played in numerous other styles including jazz, pop, and rock/funk on a variety of instruments. Carolyn studied Organ for 2 ½ years on a full scholarship at Oberlin Conservatory before turning her attention toward intersectional politics and philosophy.
In another facet of her professional life, Carolyn serves as a community economic development specialist in the Monadnock region and currently focuses on local economy, food systems, and downtown development; often specifically addressing the violence of poverty within each sector. She coordinates the Monadnock Understands Childhood Hunger Coalition and is the director/collaborative facilitator for the newly launched Keene First Friday Art Hop.
Carolyn loves quiet time in nature, surrounded by gardens, berries, and mountains. We hope that you are as happy to hear this news as we are to share it.