I am conscious that now is another good time to practice positive approaches to change. This fall will be a busy one for our congregation as we move into our second year of settled ministry with Rev. Kacela and plan for his service of installation. We are looking at some ways to enhance our music program, with the help of great people in our congregation who want to contribute their talents. With improvements on the horizon, I am grateful for the annual national conference of the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM). It is where I get all the resources I need to support the program we have in place and the one we continue to re-envision. And as an organization, AUUMM models how to implement needed changes.
As you read this, the conference will have been held in Denver, and I anticipate that it will be memorable for many reasons. For one thing, it is paperless! Everything we need is on iPads, which are rented for those of us who do not own one. Believe it or not, that is less expensive, and a more environmentally-friendly approach, than printing out the materials on paper. Another emphasis this year is to prioritize the use of music by composers of color. This assists UU directors of music around the country in being active agents of change, while our national association addresses the need to dismantle white supremacy. It expands our knowledge so that we can bring this music forward.
For September’s Music Notes I will feature the highlights of this conference for me, and talk about upcoming additions to our music program. Our choir season begins this month, and we will be preparing quickly for our Ingathering service and the many other music-making opportunities this season.
Catherine Massey, Director of Music
AUUMN Credentialed Music Leader