Online Learning 2020
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Due to the COVID19 pandemic, AUUMM members were not able to gather at our annual conference. Our conferences provide important opportunities to be together; to learn from experts and one another; to sing together and hear new repertoire; to share our stories and be in community. We will meet next year in Ann Arbor to do all of these things and celebrate human interaction in a new light!

In the meantime, the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) is pleased to offer some valuable online learning opportunities. We hope these sessions will inspire you, engage you, and assist you in planning and navigating "Church in the time of COVID." See the full schedule and descriptions below.

The following complimentary sessions are available to all AUUMM members:

  • African American Music of Liberation, Aug. 11 @ 3pm ET
  • AUUMM Database: Filtering for Inclusivity, Aug. 17 at 3:00pm ET
  • Choir-antine Conversations, Tuesdays from Aug. 18 - Oct. 20, 7:00-8:00pm ET
  • AUUMM Annual Meeting and Social Hour, Aug. 30, 4:00pm ET

 

 

The remainder of the sessions are part of an Online Learning package available for $25 for members/$65 for non-members. Registrants will be given the link to a webpage which will provides access all recordings and discussions. All live sessions will be recorded and available to registrants after the event.

 

 


MONDAY, AUGUST 10
7:00-8:00pm ET

Hymn Composition 101 [Podcast + Live Q&A] Mark Miller & Clif Hardin

Listen to the Podcasts and Join Follow-up Discussion on Zoom, Aug. 10 @ 7pm ET

Why do some hymns connect deeply with our congregations and others, not? How do you write a hymn that is meaningful, memorable, and sing-able for the congregation, especially for those who don’t consider themselves to be musical or to have good voices? Where do you start - with the words, with the melody, or both? 

Listen to the podcast ahead of time and then bring your questions to the discussion with Clif Hardin. Not only will this be an opportunity to follow up on the conference session on hymn writing from last year with Mark Miller and Clif Hardin, participants will also have a general discussion that might include sharing your successes and challenges in creating music.

Mark Miller believes passionately that music can change the world. He also believes in Cornell West’s quote that ‘Justice is what love looks like in public.’ His dream is that the music he composes, performs, teaches and leads will inspire and empower people to create the beloved community. Mark serves as Assistant Professor of Church Music at Drew Theological School and is a Lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. He also is the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit, New Jersey. 

Clif Hardin started working as Music Director at River Road UUC in 1983, where he works with choirs of all ages. His choral music is published by Yelton Rhodes, GIA, Walton, Pavane as well as self-published works. He has composed/ arranged six collections of piano music and he has placed several times in the Vincent B. Silliman Competition. His degrees are from Oberlin Conservatory, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the University of Maryland. More information about his music can be found at www.ClifHardinMusic.com

 


TUESDAY, AUGUST 11
3:00-4:00pm ET

Free to AUUMM Members
African American Music of Liberation featuring "Harlem Voices" 
[Video + Live Q&A] ~   Clovice A. Lewis, Jr.

Watch the Video and Join Follow-up Discussion on Zoom, Aug. 11 @ 3pm ET

Clovice A. Lewis, Jr., who has composed numerous works ranging from ensemble to electronic and orchestral pieces, graduated from the prestigious College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1978 with a BA in Music Theory and Composition. Clovice studied composition with Aaron Copeland, Peter Fricker, Thea Musgrave, and Gordon Crosse. He began teaching as a freshman at UCSB, and upon completion of his studies, accepted a position as an Associate Professor of Computer Music from 1978-1985. You can visit www.jazzicalmusic.com for an extensive online catalog of Clovice’s music. Also visit the website for his latest musical, “Harlem Voices” at www.harlemvoicesmusical.com.

Presently, he is attending the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA finishing his studies for an MDiv to become a Unitarian Universalist Minister. Clovice intends for his ministry to emphasize breaking down racial, class, and ethnic barriers, using music to counter oppression, and in preach the gospel of the madness of human self-extinction.

 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12
3:00-4:00pm ET

Choir-antine Conversations [Discussion] ~  Camille Hatton

Join the Discussion on Zoom, Aug. 12 @ 3pm ET

An hour long interactive brainstorming session and sharing of our work as choir directors in the time of COVID. We will have a conversation around what’s working, what’s not working, what other folks in our congregations are doing, what we can do to help and encourage each other.

Camille Hatton serves as the music director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel, California. She teaches voice and advanced music theory at local community colleges and teaches private piano and voice lessons. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 13

3:00-4:00pm ET

How to Create Band Charts [Video + Live Q&A] ~ Adam Podd

Watch the Videos, Parts 1 - 2 and Join Follow-up Discussion on Zoom, Aug. 13, 3:00pm ET

Learn more about the process of creating band charts in this two-part series. Part I is entitled "The Least You Can Do" and explores the simple steps of marking up your hymnal or another pdf with chords. 

Part II begins with "Making a Lead Sheet" and walks you through creating a new score in Sibelius with melody, lyrics, and chords. It then continues on for those interested in making more than a leadsheet to “The One-Size-Fits-All Band Chart”. This gives you the notation know-how and musical tools you need to put one clear score in the hands of your whole rhythm section that will add life and depth to your music for worship, while saving you valuable rehearsal time. 

Adam Podd is the Music Director at First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn.

 

7:00-8:00pm ET

Copyright 101 [Podcast + Live Q&A]~John Ector

Watch the Videos, Parts 1 - 2 and Join Follow-up Discussion on Zoom, Aug. 13 @ 7pm ET 

Learn more about the process of creating band charts in this two-part series. Part I is entitled "The Least You Can Do" and explores the simple steps of marking up your hymnal or another pdf with chords. 

Part II begins with "Making a Lead Sheet" and walks you through creating a new score in Sibelius with melody, lyrics, and chords. It then continues on for those interested in making more than a leadsheet to “The One-Size-Fits-All Band Chart”. This gives you the notation know-how and musical tools you need to put one clear score in the hands of your whole rhythm section that will add life and depth to your music for worship, while saving you valuable rehearsal time. 

Adam Podd is the Music Director at First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 14
7:00-8:00pm ET

Technology for Choirs During COVID [Discussion] ~ Joel Chapman

Join the Discussion on Zoom, Aug. 14, 7:00pm ET

Learn the fundamentals of digital audio, home recording, audio editing, mixing, video editing, and virtual choir best practices. Joel hails from San Francisco and spends half of his time in choral music, half in musical theater, and a third half in front of a computer, recording songs and videos. He has a degree in music technology and would love to share some knowledge about it to make your coming year less frustrating, should you choose to do more recording work for your ensembles. 



MONDAY, AUGUST 17
3:00-5:00pm ET

Free to AUUMM Members
AUUMM Database: Filtering for Inclusivity [Live Webinar]Beth Syverson

Join the Webinar on Zoom, Aug. 17 at 3:00pm ET

What do you do when your minister asks for a choir anthem that will complement a service on welcoming refugees? or Earth Day? or Buddhism? You'll search for songs using our AUUMM Music Database, of course! (auumm.org/database) In this workshop, the editor of the Database will give you practical, hands-on experience in filtering and sorting music selections to find the perfect piece. We will also discuss how to easily add your own suggestions to the database.

Beth Syverson is the Director of Music Ministries at Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church in Orange County, California and organizer of the AUUMM Music Database which she uses every week to help find music to complement worship services.


Free to AUUMM Members

TUESDAYS, AUGUST 18 - OCTOBER 6
3:00-5:00pm ET

Every Tuesday from Aug. 18 through Oct. 6 (8 weeks) • 7:00-8:00pm ET

Choir-antine Conversations Discussion Series] ~ Camille Hatton and Sarah Jebian

As we embark upon this new virtual church year, we will all have many questions, successes, failures and opportunities to learn as music ministry professionals. Join hosts Camille Hatton and Sarah Jebian to discuss what's working and what's not.

Sessions will be very loosely structured around topics such as:

  • Rehearsals in Zoom and other virtual spaces
  • Programs for audio mixing & Creating audio mixes
  • Video Techniques for Virtual Choir Performances
  • and whatever else you, our membership, need us to address

Mostly, this will be a chance to share ideas, concerns, issues, have your questions answered and get to know your colleagues from all around the U.S. and Canada. If you have a specialty or skill you'd like to share, if you have questions, or if there's a particular topic you'd like us to focus on, please email secretary@auumm.org.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 30
4:00pm ET

Free to AUUMM Members
AUUMM Annual Meeting and Social HourAUUMM Board of Trustees

Agenda: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tRQ13MT-HK8MG71iCCT1zVppVELwF8bQ/view?usp=sharing 
Join the Meeting on Zoom, Aug. 30, 4:00pm ET: https://zoom.us/j/98401477432

The Annual Meeting of our organization will be held on August 30, 2020 at 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific via Zoom. Your professional organization has continued to work toward living out our mission of supporting education, advocacy and inspiration for our members. We have much to report on and ask for your participation as we conduct the business of our organization. Please remember that we require a quorum in order to vote.

If you have questions, or wish to propose additions to the agenda, please contact Deb Weiner: moderator@auumm.org or djweiner101@gmail.com. Your Board of Trustees looks forward to this opportunity to meet with you; a virtual breakout social gathering will follow the annual meeting. 


AVAILABLE ANYTIME

The Black Aesthetic [Video] ~ Dr. Philip Rogers

Watch the Videos, Parts 1 - 4

Determine to see our music through our lens and from our perspective as creative beings who articulate through our artistically creative narratives which are different than other cultural narratives, are just as valid in every form, and in no wise inferior. To understand us as fellow human beings it is imperative to interact with us on a more intimate human level outside of congregational settings. Our music reflects who we are beyond the surface and can be a critical vehicle to understanding us as a people.

Dr. Philip J. Rogers served as Choral Conductor at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Indiana; Conductor of the University Black Chorus at the University of Illinois; Choral Conductor at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois; Adjunct Voice Professor at Spelman College of Atlanta; and is a vocal performer and vocal coach.

 


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