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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 

Thursday

6/13/24

Crys Matthews Concert

Crys Matthews Concert June 13th at 7:00 P.M. at UUSE A powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls...

Music Reporting

The Music Report lists all of the music performed at UUSE Sunday Services during the reporting period Starting Mon Jan 01 2024 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time) today is Thu Jun 13 2024 06:15:05 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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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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"What Is Sacred?" - UUSE Virtual Worship, March 10, 2024

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

- "Opening a Channel"

- by Mary Bopp

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

- #1008 "When Our Heart is In a Holy Place"

- by Joyce Poley

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

- "I Walk With the Goddess"

- by Kellianna

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

- #1053 "How Could Anyone"

- by Libby Roderick

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"Roots and Wings: The Paradox of Transformation" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, March 17, 2024

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

- "Departure"

- by Lily Coleman

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

- #38 "Morning Has Broken"

- Words by Eleanor Farjeon

- Music: Gaelic Melody

Responsive Hymn ---------------------

- "What is this Church?"

- Words adapted from Eugene Sander

- Music by Jean Sibelius

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

- "Exit from the Drift"

- by Lily Coleman

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

- "Being, Becoming"

- by Mary Bopp

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

- #1057 "Go Lifted Up"

- Words and music by Mortimer B. Barron

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"On Donkeys, Palms, and Money-Changers: A Meditation for Palm Sunday" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, March 24, 2024

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

- "Ride On, Ride On in Majesty"

- by John Bacchus Dykes; arr. by Mary Bopp

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

- "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna"

- Words by Jennette Threlfal (v. 1,2); John Howard Lathrop (v. 3)

- Music from X.L. Hartig's Vollstandige Sammlung, c. 1833

Meditation ---------------------

- Matthew 21: 1-11

Musical Offering ---------------------

- "All You Fascists"

- by Woody Guthrie

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

- #276 "O Young and Fearless Prophet"

- Words by S. Ralph Harlow

- Music by William Lloyd

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"Shine On Me: A Celebration of Easter" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, March 31, 2024

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

- "Water is Life"

- by Sara Thomsen

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

- #347 "Gather the Spirit"

- Words and music by Jim Scott

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

- "Rise Up"

- by Andra Day

- Jeannine Westbrook, vocals

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

- "To the Spring"

- by Edvard Grieg

- Mary Bopp and Dorothy Bognar, piano

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

- "We Got All the Love"

- by Helen Yeomans

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

- "Shine on Me"

- by Rollo Dilworth

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

- "Draw the Circle Wide"

- by Mark A. Miller

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

- #269 "Lo the Day of Days is Here"

- Words by Frederick Lucian Hosmer

- Music by Robert Williams

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"People Need People" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, April 7, 2024

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

- "The Rainbow Connection"

- Words and music by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher

- "Sing"

- Words and music by Joe Raposa

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

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

- "People"

- Music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Bob Merrill

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

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

- #134 "Our World is One World"

- Words and music by Cecily Taylor

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

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

- "In My Life"

- by John Lennon

- Andy Ricci, guitar and vocals

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

- #298 "Wake Now My Senses"

- Words: Thomas J. S. Mikelson

- Music: traditional Irish melody

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

Music    ---------------------

- “Imagine”

- By John Lennon

- Andy Ricci, guitar and vocals

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"Notes on Interdependence" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, April 14, 2024

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

- "The Oneness of Everything"

- by Jim Scott

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

- #203 "All Creatures of the Earth and Sky"

- Words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

- Music from

- Verses 1-3

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

- "Sarabande" from Suite Pour le Piano

- Claude Debussy

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

- #7 "The Leaf Unfurling"

- words by Don Cohen; music by John Corrado

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"Earth Day and the Arts: We Won't Give Up!" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, April 21, 2024

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

- "Big Yellow Taxi"

- Words and Music by Joni Mitchell

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

- #1064 "Blue Boat Home"

- Words: Peter Mayer

- Music: Roland Hugh Prichard, adapted by Peter Mayer

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

- "Hymn to Gaia"

- by Mary Bopp

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"Shine" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, April 28, 2024

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

- "I Can See Clearly Now"

- by Johnny Nash

- Jennifer Richard, guitar and vocals

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

- #126 "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing"

- Words by Robert Robinson and Eugene B. Navias

- Music by John Wyeth

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

- #15 "The Lone, Wild Bird" verse 1

- Words by H. R. MacFayden

- Music: William Walker's

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

- #15 "The Lone, Wild Bird" verse 2

- Words by H. R. MacFayden

- Music: William Walker's

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

- "Shine"

- by Ed Roland (and Collective Soul)

- Jennifer Richard, guitar and vocals

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

- #131 "Love Will Guide Us"

- Words by Sally Rogers

- Music: traditional, arr. by Betty A. Wylder

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"Lifted by Pluralism" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, May 5, 2024

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

- Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

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

- "Come, Come, Whoever You Are"

- #188 in

- Words adapted from Rumi, Music by Lynn Adair Ungar

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

- "Meditation on Breathing"

- #1009 in

- Music and Lyrics by Sarah Dan Jones

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

- "Journeys"

- Original Piece by Mary Bopp

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

- "When Our Heart is in a Holy Place"

- #1008 in

- Music and Lyrics by Joyce Poley

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"Longing to Belong: Reflections on Pluralism" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, May 12, 2024

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

- "Bad Kids from Out of Town"

- by Luke Harper

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

- #1023 "Building Bridges"

- Words: The women of the Greenham Common peace occupation in England, 1983

- Music: Contemporary English Quaker Road

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

- "Star Trek"

- by Luke Harper

Closing Song ---------------------

- #162 "Gonna Lay Down My Sword and Shield"

- words and music: African American spiritual

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"Flower Communion" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, May 19, 2024

Processional Hymn ---------------------

- #361 "Enter, Rejoice and Come In"

- Words and music by Louise Ruspini

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

- "The Chrysanthemum"

- by Scott Joplin

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

- "Andante Cantabile"

- "by unknown"

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

- "Intermezzo"

- by Heinz Provost

- Anhared Stowe, violin; Mary Bopp, piano

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

- #8 "Mother Spirit, Father Spirit"

- words and music by Norbert F. Capek

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

- #12 "O Life That Maketh All Things New"

- Words by Samuel Longfellow

- Music: Thomas Williams's

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"Aging--What's Next?" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, May 26, 2024

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

- "The Older I Get"

- by Alan Jackson

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

- #1010 "We Give Thanks"

- Words & music: Wendy Luella Perkins

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

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

- Words & music: Rose Sanders

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"Free at Last!" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, June 2, 2024

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

- "Rainbow Fantasy"

- by Harold Arlen

- arr. Mary Bopp

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

- #1002 "Comfort Me"

- by Mimi Bornstein-Doble

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

- "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

- music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Yip Harburg

- Sandy Johnson, vocals

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"May the River Renew Us" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, June 9, 2024

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

- “Sarabande” from Keyboard Partita #1

- By J.S. Bach

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

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

-  “Prelude” from Keyboard Partita #1

- By J.S. Bach

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

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

- #1008 “When Our Heart is in a Holy Place”

- Words and music by Joyce Poley

Responsive Hymn ---------------------

- “What is this Church?”

- words adapted from Eugene Sander

- Music by Jean Sibelius

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

- excerpt from Menuet I and II from Keyboard Partita #1

- By J.S. Bach

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

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

- “Deep River”

-  by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

- Dorothy Bognar, piano

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

- #65 “The Sweet June Days”

- Words by Samuel Longfellow

- Music: English Melody, arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams

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