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Music

Music plays a huge part in our worship and in our community, and there's room for everyone to participate in our music programs. Many talented individuals take part in our services individually, in groups, in singing circles, and in choirs.  Whether it's leading hymns, participating in choirs, playing piano or guitar, or even gifted professional musicians providing spirited musical themes, everyone can play a part. Our music director, Mary Bopp, with help from a very active music committee, plays a key role in all of the musical offerings that take place at UUSE.

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Mary Bopp

Music Director

Mary has served UUSE since 2015, after over 30 years as a professional full-time musician in New York City! An award-winning artist, Mary brings more than hymns and classical composers' music to our services. She is also an improv-magician to many, directs our choir with her unique creativity and adaptability, and brings a variety of professional artists to perform at services and more! Mary is a beloved inspiration to us all.

CHOIR News

Do you love to sing? Do you love to have fun? You don't have to audition. If you can sing in the shower, you can sing with the UUSE Choir! Rehearsals will start on February 14, 2024 for our next holiday music service on March 31, 2024. 
Masks optional. All ages welcome. For more information, contact Mary Bopp at music@uuse.org.

Musical Events Calendar
Contact the office for details - email: info@uuse.org phone: 860.646.5151 

Wednesday

3/6/24

Easter Choir Rehearsal

UUSE Choir is Back!

Wednesdays at 7:15 PM
In the UUSE SanctuaryDo you like to sing? Do you like to have fun? If you answered “yes” and “yes”, you are qualified to join the UUSE Cho...

Wednesday

3/13/24

Easter Choir Rehearsals.

UUSE Choir is Back!

Wednesdays at 7:15 PM
In the UUSE SanctuaryDo you like to sing? Do you like to have fun? If you answered “yes” and “yes”, you are qualified to join the UUSE Cho...

Friday

3/15/24

Music Salon Unplugged - March

Musicians and Music Lovers, You are cordially invited to attend the Music Salon Unplugged on March 15, at 6:30 in the UUSE Main Meeting Room.

This is a very informal gathering of m...

Wednesday

3/20/24

Easter Choir Rehearsals .

UUSE Choir is Back!

Wednesdays at 7:15 PM
In the UUSE SanctuaryDo you like to sing? Do you like to have fun? If you answered “yes” and “yes”, you are qualified to join the UUSE Cho...

Wednesday

3/27/24

Easter Choir Rehearsal!

UUSE Choir is Back!

Wednesdays at 7:15 PM
In the UUSE SanctuaryDo you like to sing? Do you like to have fun? If you answered “yes” and “yes”, you are qualified to join the UUSE Cho...

Saturday

4/6/24

Coffeehouse

The Coffeehouse and Open Mic is held monthly on first Saturdays October through May. Musicians, Poets, and Storytellers share their talents. Performer sign ups start at 6:00PM with ...

Music Reporting

The Music Report lists all of the music performed at UUSE Sunday Services during the reporting period Starting Sun Oct 01 2023 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time) today is Sun Mar 03 2024 06:15:08 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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"Coming Together for Our Lives" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, October 8, 2023

Prelude ---------------------

- "The Oneness of Everything"

- by Jim Scott, arr. by Mary Bopp

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- "Gather the Spirit"

- #347 in

Offering Music ---------------------

- "You Will Be Found"

- by Benjamin Pasek and Justin Paul

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- "Go Lifted Up"

- #1057 in

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"Protecting Our Women and Girls" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, October 15, 2023

Prelude Music ---------------------

- "Rise Up, Rise Up"

- Words and Music/Unknown

- Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- "Hearts Are Healing Here"

- Words and Music/Unknown

- Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

Musical Interlude ---------------------

- "We Hear Your Cry"

- Words/Music: Shelley Graff

- Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

Hymn ---------------------

- "Comfort Me Oh My Soul"

- #1002 in

- Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

Offering Music ---------------------

- "Cradle Me"

- Words/Music: Deborah Dougherty

- Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- "I Will Not Leave You Comfortless"

- Words/Music: Jan Phillips

- Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

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"Seasons of Love" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, October 22, 2023

Prelude ---------------------

- "The Lovers' Waltz"

- Written and composed by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- #170 "We Are a Gentle, Angry People"

- Words and Music by Holly Near

Offering Music ---------------------

- "Seasons of Love"

- Written and composed by Jonathan Larson

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- #131 "Love Will Guide Us"

- Words: Sally Rogers

- Music: Betty A Wylder

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"Ancestor Day" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, October 29, 2023

Prelude ---------------------

- "Minuet #3" by J. S. Bach

Opening Song ---------------------

- "I'm Gonna Live in Here"

- (In memory of Charlie Braun)

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- #1070 "Mother I Feel You"

- by Windsong Dianne Martin

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"Beacons Who Light Our Way" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, November 5, 2023

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- "Everyday Bravery"

- Words and music by Rev. Sarah Pirtle

- Collaboration on words with Rev. Jan Thomas and Bonnie Lockhart

Offering Music ---------------------

- Improvisation by Mary Bopp

Closing Chant Part I ---------------------

- "We're Not Alone"

- Written by Rev. Sarah Pirtle

Closing Chant ---------------------

- "Peace Prayer"

- by Sarah Pirtle

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"GHIAA: Why Faith-Based Community Organizing Matters" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, November 12, 2023

Prelude ---------------------

- “For What It’s Worth”

- Music and Lyrics by Stephen Stills

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- “My Life Flows on in Endless Song”

- #108 in

- Words: Early Quaker song

- Music: American gospel tune

Offering Music ---------------------

- “Blowin' in the Wind”

- By Bob Dylan

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- “We’ll Build a Land”

- #121 in

- Words by Barbara Zanotti (Isaiah/Amos), adapt.,

- Music by Carolyn McDade

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"We Give Thanks" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, November 19, 2023

Prelude ---------------------

- "Flying Home"

- by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- "We Gather Together"

- #349 in

- Words: Dorothy Caiger Senghas and Robert E. Senghas

- Music: Adrian Valeru's "Nederlandtsch Gedenckclank"

Offering Music ---------------------

- Lullaby

- by Bill Douglas

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- "We Give Thanks"

- #1010 in

- Words by Wendy Luella Perkins

- Arranged by Susan Peck

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"Observations on Generosity" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, November 26, 2023

Gathering Music ---------------------

- "Autumn Leaves"

- By Eva Cassidy

Prelude ---------------------

- "Kind and Generous"

- By Natalie Merchant

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- #128 "For All That Is Our Life"

- Words: Bruce Findlow

- Music: Patrick L. Rickey

Offering Music ---------------------

- "Give a Little Bit"

- By Supertramp

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- #118 "This Little Light of Mine"

- Words and Music: African American spiritual

Postlude ---------------------

- "Thankful"

- By the Juicebox Jukebox

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"Holy Clues" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, December 3, 2023

Prelude ---------------------

- "Meditations on Emmanuel"

- by Mary Bopp

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- #298 "Wake Now My Senses"

- Words: Thomas J. S. Mikelson

- Music: Traditional Irish melody, harmony by Carlton R. Young

Offertory Music ---------------------

- "As the Earth Draws Dark"

- by Mary Bopp

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- #225 "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"

- Words: Latin c. 9th cent., trans. Composite based on John Mason Neale

- Music: Adapted by Thomas Helmore, harmony by John Weaver

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"Earth Centric Faith" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, December 10, 2023

Prelude ---------------------

- "The Oneness of Everything"

- Words/Music by Jim Scott

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- #1007 "There's a River Flowin' in My Soul"

- Words/Music: Rose Sanders

Offering Music ---------------------

- "The Forest Primeval"

- Improvisational piano piece by Mary Bopp

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- #21 "For the Beauty of the Earth"

- Words/music: Jason Shelton

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"Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) -- UUSE Virtual Worship, December 17, 2023

Prelude ---------------------

- "Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe (adagio)"

- by J. S. Bach

Chalice Lighting Music ---------------------

- "One Candle, One Flame"

- by Linda Sobo

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- #253 "O Come, All Ye Faithful"

Offering Music ---------------------

- Holiday Favorites

- (Margeaux, Simone, & Ryan Ford)

Music ---------------------

- Shine on Me

- by Rollo Dilworth

- Night of Silence

- by Daniel Kantor

- One Candle

- by Andy Beck

- with Dorothy Bognar, piano; Steve Dauphinas, drums

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- #388 Dona Nobis Pacem

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"Christmas Eve Service" - UUSE Virtual Worship, December 24, 2023

Opening Song ---------------------

- #248 "O We Believe in Christmas"

- Words: Percival Chubb, 1860 -1960, © 1955 American Ethical Union

- Music: American folk hymn melody in 

Hymn ---------------------

- #1061 For So the Children Come

-  Words: Sophia Lyon Fahs, 1876 - 1978

- Music: Jason Shelton, 1972 - , © 1998 Jason Shelton

Offering Music ---------------------

- “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

- by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin

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"Beloved Mystery" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, December 31, 2023

Gathering Music ---------------------

- "Adagio Cantabile"

- by Ludwig van Beethoven

Prelude ---------------------

- "Bluesette"

- by Jean Thielemans

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- #175 "We Celebrate the Web of Life"

- by Melchior Vulpius

- words by Alicia S. Carpenter

Musical Response ---------------------

- "Waltz for Debby"

- by Bill Evans

Offering Music ---------------------

- "Gymnopedie, No. 1"

- by Erik Satie

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- #15 "The Lone, Wild Bird"

- by William Walker

- words by H. R. MacFayden

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"For the Love of ... Place" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, January 7, 2024

Prelude ---------------------

- "Heart is Where the Home Is"

- Improvisation – Mary Bopp

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- "For the Beauty of the Earth"

- #21 in

- Words: Folliott Sandford Pierpoint, 1835-1917 adapt.

- Music: Conrad Kocher, 1786-1872, abridged

Offering Music ---------------------

- Somewhere Over the Rainbow

- Music: Harold Arlen.  Lyrics: Yip Harburg

- Performed. By Sandy Johnson & Dan Thompson

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- Blue Boat Home

- #1064 in

- Words: Peter Mayer, 1963 - , ©2002 Peter Mayer   

- Music: Roland Hugh Prichard, 1811-1887, adapted by Peter Mayer

- Keyboard arr: Jason Shelton, 1972-

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"The Spirit of Aging" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, January 14, 2024

Prelude ---------------------

- "Try to Remember"

- by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

Hymn ---------------------

- "Dark of Winter"

- #55 in

- Words & Music: Shelley Jackson Denham

Offertory Music ---------------------

- "Fields of Gold"

- by Sting

- arranged by Eva Cassidy

Hymn ---------------------

- "Voice Still and Small"

- #391 in

- Words & Music: John Corrado

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"Applying Our UU Values to Housing in Connecticut" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, January 21, 2024

Prelude ---------------------

- Selections from Dvorak's New World Symphony

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- #1 "May Nothing Evil Cross This Door"

- Words: Louis Untermeyer; Music: Robert N. Quaile

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

Musical Interlude ---------------------

- "UU Benediction"

- by Dorothy Bognar

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

Musical Interlude ---------------------

- "Home, Sweet Home"

- by Sir Henry Bishop and John Howard Payne

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

Offering Music ---------------------

- "Ave verum corpus"

- By W. A. Mozart,

- Arranged by Franz Liszt

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- #1008 "When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place"

- Words & music: Joyce Poley

- Keyboard arr. Lorne Kellett

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"How We Love" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, January 28, 2024

Prelude ---------------------

- "Lovingly"

- Improvisation by Mary Bopp

Offering Music ---------------------

- "Answering the Call of Love"

- Music by Jason Shelton; Arranged by Mary Bopp

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- "I've Got Peace Like a River"

- #100 in

- Words and Music: Marvin V. Frey

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"Reflecting God's Light into the Dark Places" - UUSE Virtual Worship, February 4, 2024

Prelude ---------------------

- "Illumination"

- Improvisation by Mary Bopp

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- #159 "This is My Song"

- Words: Lloyd Stone; Music: Jean Sibelius

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- #118 "This Little Light of Mine"

- Words & Music: African American spiritual

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"Some Things are Worth Praying For" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, February 11, 2024

Prelude ---------------------

- Violin and Oboe Concerto in C Minor, Movement I

- by J. S. Bach

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- #347 "Gather the Spirit"

- words and music by Jim Scott

Musical Meditation ---------------------

- #123 "Spirit of Life"

- by Carolyn McDade

Offering Music ---------------------

- Violin and Oboe Concerto in C Minor, Movement II

- by J. S. Bach

Closing Music ---------------------

- Violin and Oboe Concerto in C Minor, Movement III

- by J. S. Bach

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"That Long Arc of the Moral Universe" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, February 18, 2024

Prelude ---------------------

- "Love Can Build a Bridge"

- by Naomi Judd, John Barlow Jarvis and Paul Overstreet

- Jeannine Westbrook, vocals

- Kate Howard-Bender, vocals, guitar

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- #153 "Oh, I Woke Up This Morning"

- African American spiritual, c. 1750-1875

- adapted during the American Civil Rights Movement

Offering Music ---------------------

- "Hands"

- by Jewel Kilcher and Patrick Leonard

- Jeannine Westbrook, vocals

- Kate Howard-Bender, vocals, piano

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- #155 "Circle 'Round for Freedom"

- by Linda Hirschhorn

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"For the Love of ... Place" - UUSE Virtual Worship, February 25, 2024

Prelude ---------------------

- "For the Love of Place"

- Created by Dan Thompson for UUSE

- Dan Thompson guitar, bass, drums, keys, manipulated vocal samples (video)

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- #21 "For the Beauty of the Earth"

- Words: Folliott Sandford Pierpoint; Music: Conrad Kocher

Offering Music ---------------------

- "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

- Music: Harold Arlen; Lyrics: Yip Harburg

Closing Hymn ---------------------

- #1064 "Blue Boat Home"

- Words: © 2002 Peter Mayer; Music: Roland Hugh Prichard

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"Love is the Spirit of This Church" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, March 3, 2024

Gathering Music ---------------------

- "Thankful"

- by the Juicebox Jukebox

Prelude ---------------------

- "Count on Me"

- by Bruno Mars

Opening Hymn ---------------------

- #1 "May Nothing Evil Cross This Door"

- words by Louis Untermeyer

- music by Robert N. Quaile

Music ---------------------

- "Count on Me" (Reprise)

- by Bruno Mars

Offering Music ---------------------

- "Brighter than the Sun"

- by Colbie Caillat

Closing Music ---------------------

- "Stand by You"

- by Rachel Platten

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