Inspiring, educating and nurturing those
who minister through music and the arts

UCCMA National Conference

June 25 - 28, 2019

Are you trying to make a difference in how music and the arts are used in the church and community? Please join us for the 13th Biennial National Conference of the United Church of Christ Musicians Association (UCCMA). This year’s conference will be hosted by First Congregational UCC in the vibrant community of Madison, Wisconsin. The planning committee has created a conference that will explore unique elements of music and art to inspire and uplift attendees. Workshops will range from organ, choral and handbells to drumming, liturgical art, liturgical movement, to working with a variety of aged voices, and promoting the arts in a variety of ways.

Each day, attendees will also have the opportunity to explore Madison, home to the State Capitol and the University of Wisconsin Badgers. Madison is summertime personified as it is situated between two lakes. There are plenty of perfect spots to relax and enjoy a view, walk along a lakeshore path or enjoy a sunset. Shuttles will be available to take attendees downtown to enjoy museums, touring the capitol, shopping or visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Monona Terrace. There will opportunities to also visit the university campus and the enjoy the lakeside Union Terrace and indulge in their famous Babcock Ice Cream while enjoying a beautiful summer scene of lake and sailboats.

It will be three days well invested to provide resources for re-energizing your church and community!

The Madison conference will feature many nationally known leaders in music and worship including: 

  • Albert Pinsonneault (Choral rehearsals & workshops)
  • John Behnke (Handbell rehearsals & workshops)
  • Bruce A. Bengtson (Organ workshops)
  • The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black (Worship)
  • Richard Bruxvoort Colligan (Morning worship)
  • Bryon Sirchio (Music & social justice)
  • Gregory Zelek (Organ concert)


  • Don Shier & Aaron VanDanacker (Broadway and Worship)
  • Susan Mendenhall (Liturgical dance)
  • Linda Hancock & Gail O’Neal (Art as worship)
  • Sarah Bodell (Drumming)
  • Jeff Rabe (Children’s music and drama)
  • Ann Beaty (Spiritual support for musicians)
  • Janet Kessenich (Sound and silence in worship)
  • Bryan Johnson (African-American music)
  • Winton Boyd (Clergy/Musician relationships)

Many workshops will be offered twice for maximum exposure.

Enjoy the con vivo! Chamber Music Ensemble in concert on Thursday evening at the First Unitarian Society meeting house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Conference Registration

UCCMA Members:

$395 by April 15 - Extended to May 31

$450 after May 31


$450 by April 15
$495 after April 15

Daily attendance: $150

Catered Meals

$10/breakfast, $10/lunch, $12/dinner


Dorm housing is no longer available.

Best Western InnTowner: $134.99 + tax/night, includes breakfast, free parking

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First Congregational UCC, Madison, WI

State Capitol

Meeting House of the First Unitarian Society
designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

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