Music!

Donna Dearth, Music Director

I am excited to begin this new year and want to thank you for making me feel so welcomed in your community. I hope everyone had a great summer and took time to relax and connect to our beautiful surroundings. I was fortunate to do a lot of travelling especially to Boothbay ME (4 times) where my sister and her family summer.

If these were “normal times,” the choir would be rehearsing on Thursday nights 7:30-9:00pm, and performing during worship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. As we know, these are not normal times. Please stay in touch, on this space and through our monthly emailed newsletter, The Messenger for updates. If you are not receiving The Messenger and would like to, please email to be added to the distribution list.

I also want to incorporate as many musicians/singers/dancers as we can into our service on Sunday mornings. Please let me know if you are interested in performing. We will be singing some new material from a curriculum called “Soul Matters” which will be incorporated in all aspects of the church.

Contact Donna Dearth, Music Director

Our KUUC Choir is looking forward to preparing anthems and songs to sing for upcoming services. We invite and encourage new folks to join us or come and try us out. Our choir members are both readers and non-readers who enjoy singing. The ability to match pitches is most helpful.

About Donna

Donna Dearth recently retired from being a music educator for 35 years at Marlborough School and an adjunct professor of music at Keene State College. Originally from the Boston area, she got her Bachelor of Music Education degree at KSC in 1981 and a Masters in Education in 1993. Donna was the former Music Director at the Federated Church in Marlborough NH where she served for 5 years. She is thrilled to be Music Director at the U.U.C. and has loved the warm welcome from everybody!

She has been a piano entertainer for 40 years as a solo player and keyboardist in various bands in Boston and in Keene. She teaches piano lessons privately, and leads the chorus at American House in Keene.

She has 2 daughters Amy and Megan, a son-in-law Chris and a new granddaughter Emily. She loves to spend time with her family and her dog Tilly. She also loves to garden, ski, snowshoe and travel.

Music Message: May 2022

This Spring feels different than other years.  It might be because I moved into a new house and have much less outdoor yardwork than I’ve ever had!

I had many perennials gardens at my old house in which I spent many hours.

I was mourning the impending loss of these plantings, these cherished beauties, which represented special milestones and occasions throughout the 20+ years I lived there.  There were plantings from my childhood home, my friends’ gardens and gifts of shrubs and plants honoring people or as birthday gifts.

What I’m discovering is that my new house has beautiful plantings too!  When I bought my new house, I didn’t know about the flowers and plantings.  To my surprise, my new house is full of beautiful gardens.

There is so much beauty in these Spring months- azalea, forsythia, tulips, hyacinth-  I feel blessed to witness their beauty each year. This is what came to mind when thinking about the theme, “Nurturing Beauty” which we will explore this month. So many of our hymns throughout the years have been nurtured by our congregation and yet, it is always beautiful to find new music to share as well.

Peace,

Donna

Did You Know?

You can buy copies of UU hymnals from the inSpirit website! KUUC uses the grey hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition, and the teal hymnal, Singing the Journey. Both are available in large print editions, here and here. Having copies at home can facilitate singing along to UU services online, learning to play your favorites, or even finding new favorites to share when we are together again. Also, the many readings in the back of Singing the Living Tradition can function as a meditation manual.

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