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Conference 2021: Brave New World  ~  July 8 - 10, 2021

The conference will be offered in an all-virtual format. Registration will open by March 15, 2021.

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. From Thursday evening through the Saturday 4 pm closing worship service, 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.

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

Plus

Walden Moore -- Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Patrick Evans -- U. 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

and

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

Our Concert

On Friday evening 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 a renown Connecticut-based children's choir and Gaudeamus is their adult component. Some of our clinicians will also present their musical skills in concert as well.

Our Closing Worship Service

The conference will culminate in a worship service at 4 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.

Workshops 

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
  • World Music in Hymnody – 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

The Online Experience

All events will be streamed at the times listed (Eastern Daylight 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 annual meeting, and the social time. The website platform will make these transitions seamless. All of the conference material will be available to you after the event is over until August 15, 2021. 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.

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First Church of Christ, Congregational Glastonbury, Connecticut


Daily Schedule

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Thursday, July 8
7:00 pm - Welcome
7:15 pm - Anthem Reading Sessions
9:00 pm - Afterglow Social Time

Friday, July 9
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
9:00 pm - Afterglow Social Time

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

Registration Fees

Registration will open by March 15.

UCCMA members must log in to your accounts to receive the member price.

UCCMA Member Early Bird: $195
UCCMA Member Regular: $245
Non-member Early Bird: $275
Non-member Regular: $325

Early Bird pricing is available through May 1, 2021. The fees give you access to the entire conference. Individual days are not available.

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 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 president@uccma.org.

Exhibitors

We are looking for vendors who would like to sell music, books and items related to our conference. Vendor fee is $10. If you are interested, contact us at admin@uccma.org.

Contact

Questions? Write to admin@uccma.org

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 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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