Conference 2021: Brave New World  ~  Available until Aug. 10

Conference 2021 has completed livestreaming, but the entire event is available for registrants on the event website through January 8, 2922.

Join us online for workshops, worship services, a wonderful concert, vendors and networking. We will be virtually hosted by the First Church of Christ, Congregational, UCC in the historic town of Glastonbury, Connecticut. We provide a plethora of activities that will enhance your music skills and give you resources and ideas for new ways of expressing God's Spirit in these pandemic times. We also provide glimpses of the historic scenery around the church in Glastonbury, which you would have enjoyed if you had come in person as originally planned. Join us instead online for a mental reset and spiritual refreshment with a taste of Connecticut.

Thank you to Our Co-Sponsors


Our Presenters

Note our Connecticut-based talent!

Choral Clinician Gabriel Löfvall, Director of Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus
Organ Clinician Jeffrey Brillhart, Yale School of Music
Handbell Clinician Lawrence Berdensey, Director of the Hockanum Valley Ringers


Walden Moore -- Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Patrick Evans -- University of Alabama, formerly of Yale University
Rev. Lisa Clayton -- Director of the University of Connecticut's Voices of Freedom Gospel Choir
Miriam Therese Winter -- Feminist Theologian at Hartford Seminary
Michelle Horsley -- Director of Music Ministries, Trinity Episcopal Church, Hartford
Angela Salcedo -- Director of Music Ministries, First Church of Christ, Glastonbury and Professor of Organ, University of Connecticut
Susan Aziz -- Puppet maker
Keith Hampton -- Director of the Chicago Community Chorus and composer
Joe Utterback -- Director of Music, First Congregational Church, Stratford, CT and jazz musician/composer


Kasha Breau, organist, planning committee member and wildlife rehabilitator who will show us historic Glastonbury and wildlife along the Connecticut River.

Our Festival Concert

On Friday evening at 8:00 pm we will present a video concert of music featuring seven-time Grammy award winner, Connecticut resident Paul Winter and the Paul Winter Consort with an additional appearance by Connecticut's Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus conducted by Gabriel Löfvall. Chorus Angelicus is an acclaimed Connecticut-based children's choir and Gaudeamus is their adult component. Also appearing will be the Hockanum Valley Ringers directed by Lawrence Berdensey and the University of Connecticut's Voices of Freedom Gospel Choir directed by Rev. Lisa Clayton. This concert is included in attendees' registration package.

The general public is invited to view this concert as well. Tickets to this concert are available to the public for $10. To purchase, go to our store.

Our Closing Festival Worship Service

The conference will culminate in a worship service at 4:00 pm on Saturday that will showcase the creative possibilities of video worship. Our preacher will be the Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Also included will be organ improvisations by Jeffrey Brillhart, the Hockanum Valley Ringers, Chorus Angelicus, and the premier of the winning hymn of UCCMA's hymn competition. The closing worship service is included in attendees' registration package.

The general public is invited to view the festival service and our two morning worship services here: UCC Musicians Association - YouTube


Most workshops will consist of a 45-minute video followed by 15 minutes of live questions with the clinician.

  • Musical Treasures for the Organ: Something Old, Something New, Something Ghoul! – Angela Salcedo
  • Sing of a Blessing – Miriam Therese Winter
  • New Heartbeats: A Worldly Approach to Congregational Rhythm – Michelle Horsley
  • Exploring the Jazz of Spirituals – Joe Utterback
  • Rethinking and Developing New Paradigms for our Children's Choirs – Gabriel Löfvall
  • Bold Composing in a New World – Keith Hampton
  • New Worship Platforms: Re-imagined Concepts – Susan Aziz
  • Improvisation: A World of Possibilities – Jeffrey Brillhart
  • Rebuilding our Choirs Post-COVID Using the Lessons We Learned – Walden Moore
  • Global Hymnody in North American Worship – Patrick Evans
  • Singing in the Gospel Music Tradition – Rev. Lisa Clayton
  • What are Those Funny Looking Handbell Symbols? Lawrence Berdensey
  • Conference Choir Rehearsal – Gabriel Löfvall
Go here for workshop descriptions.

The Online Experience

All events will be streamed at the times listed (Eastern Time). Most of the material will be prerecorded, but portions will be live and interactive, such as the Q&A following the workshop presentations, the biennal meeting, and the social time. The website platform will make these transitions seamless. All of the conference material will be available to you for one month after the event is over. We fully expect the conference schedule to be challenging and we invite you to attend as much as you can absorb and catch up later on the sessions that you missed.

Micah House Interior

Conference 2021 Planning Committee

Many thanks go to our hardworking committee members.

Dr. Angela Salcedo, Chair
Director of Music Ministries, First Church of Christ, Glastonbury, CT
Jim Boratko
Organist and Music Director, First Church of Christ, West Hartford, CT
Kasha Breau
Music Director and Organist, First Congregational Church, Portland, CT
Leanne Connolly
Commissioned Minister of Music, First Congregational Church of Vernon, CT
Dr. Jo Deen Blaine Davis
Director of Music Ministries, The Congregational Church of New Canaan, New Canaan, CT
Larry Picard
Director of Music, South Congregational Church, Springfield, MA
Joan Pritchard
UCCMA Board Liaison and Publications Coordinator

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First Church of Christ, Congregational Glastonbury, Connecticut

Daily Schedule

This is the original schedule of the event.

7:00 pm - Welcome
7:15 pm - Anthem Reading Sessions
9:00 pm - Afterglow Social Time

8:45 am - Morning Worship
9:00 am - Workshop
10:00 am - Workshop
11:00 am - Workshop
12:00 pm - Main Street Glastonbury: A Walk with Kasha Breau
1:00 pm - Workshop
2:00 pm - Workshop
3:00 pm - Workshop
4:00 pm - Workshop
6:30 pm - Conference Choir Rehearsal
8:00 pm - Concert with Paul Winter and others
9:30 pm - Afterglow Social Time

8:45 am - Morning Worship
9:00 am - Workshop
10:00 am - Workshop
11:00 am - Workshop
12:00 pm - UCCMA Biennial Meeting
1:00 pm - Workshop
2:00 pm - Workshop
3:00 pm - Bird Walk with Kasha Breau
4:00 pm - Closing Festival Worship Service

Go here for schedule details.

Registration Fees

UCCMA members -- you must log in to your account to receive the member price.

UCCMA Member: $240
Non-member: $320

All prices include a non-refundable $25 fee for processing.

You can register up through August 8th. The conference will be available through the 10th.

If you are not a UCCMA member and would like to join, go to Join us page, sign up, pay by credit card and then return here or go to "Events" to register for the conference.

Financial assistance from the John Stansell Scholarship Fund is available to first-time conference attendees who might not be able to attend without aid. For info, contact Michele Hecht, UCCMA President, at


Questions? Write to


Here is our brochure if you would like to see it or print it out. 

Our Host Church

The First Church of Christ, Congregational, UCC was formed in 1692 and the current meetinghouse was built in 1939. It is located on Main Street in Glastonbury among a number of historic old homes with the Connecticut River meandering nearby. The sanctuary houses a beautiful 3/31 Schoenstein organ installed in 2003. Next door to the meetinghouse is Micah House Chapel, originally the historic home of Thomas Hale, known as the Thomas Hale Homestead. It was acquired in 2016 and renovated and expanded in 2017 to include a beautiful, new chapel space. The front rooms of the house were faithfully preserved and decorated in the style of the times. Go here for more about the First Church of Christ in Glastonbury.

Micah House and First Church Sanctuary

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