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CUC Choir Music CD
Through the years, the volunteer choir of the Community Unitarian Church (CUC) at White Plains has become an increasingly integral part of the Sunday worship service, the music selections growing out of dialogue between the director and the minister. They have done liturgical, classical, neoclassical, folk, and popular works. Some of the music has been composed or arranged by the directors or their associates. When Lisa Meyer came to CUC in the year 2001, from the Department of Music at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, she brought eclectic and demanding literature. Guided by her professionalism and musicianship, the repertoire grew to include: Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, George Frideric Handel's Messiah, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, Franz Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, and a variety of folk songs, American spirituals, contemporary pieces, multi-cultural works, and sacred standards. The mode of performance has been as varied as the genres of music itself, which, along with a cappella works, include collaborations with flute, violin, cello, percussion, chamber orchestra, and of course, piano.
As part of the "Music at CUC" concert series, the Choir performs two concerts per year, the second of which is usually of a lighter variety of music encompassing theater compositions and standards. Composers and lyricists that have been highlighted include Richard Rodgers, Ira Gershwin, Alan Jay Lerner, Irving Berlin, and Harold Arlen. The CUC Choir has also performed concerts at venues outside of the church including the 2nd Sunday Concert Series at the Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Manhattan, and the Interfaith Center at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville, NY. In April 2003, the CUC Choir was privileged to be invited to perform at the Unitarian Universalist District Meeting for Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, held in Stamford, Connecticut, where they received a standing ovation. Always eager to collaborate, the CUC Choir has joined forces in concerts and services with other houses of worship such as the First Baptist Church of White Plains, the Emanuel Evangelical Church in Pleasantville, and the First Unitarian Church of Westchester in Hastings-On-Hudson. The enrichment gained from all of these experiences, collaborations, concerts, and services, greatly contributes to the continuing enjoyment and musical fulfillment that the choir organization experiences on a continual basis.
The CUC Choir currently consists of volunteers with a variety of musical experience and backgrounds. Those that are of High School age and up are welcome to participate. Reading music is not a requirement although some members do have some musical training. Many members do not have any formal musical training, but have some previous experience performing choral music. The main requirements to be a CUC Choir member are the ability to match pitch and great enthusiasm. Practice CDs and recordings are often supplied to assist in the learning process of the music for both services and concerts. Those interested in joining the CUC Choir may contact Choir Director Lisa Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to schedule an informal audition.
- Breath support to promote healthy singing and good pitch
- How to blend voices for a unified and pleasing sound
- Unified vowel production for good tone and pitch
- Learning to listen to other singers and sections to improve balance and pitch
- How to work as a Team
- How to be musical by: Shaping a melody; Word and syllable emphasis; Dynamics – louds and softs; Phrasing to emphasize emotion and meaning
To become a CUC Choir member, you can do one or more of the following: