While our sanctuary is still closed for in-person services and live performance, music is still thriving at UCM.
Our congregation, as well as the greater Montpelier community, enjoys a tremendous depth of musical talent: folk, classical, gospel and more. Always known for the diversity and quality of its musical offerings, UCM now has a unique opportunity to highlight a wide array of that talent through pre-recorded musical offerings for worship. On any Sunday you might experience anything from one of our youth leading the congregation in a hymn to a performance from a well-known local artist. Exquisite piano offerings from our accompanist, Eliza Thomas, and choral offerings from the UCM choir are regular features.
After a year on Zoom, our approximately 25-person, non-auditioned choir is rehearsing again in person. Following strict guidelines for in-person singing, they are currently rehearsing and recording at the Capital City Grange Hall until our new ventilation system is installed. While the conditions and requirements for rehearsing now can sometimes feel challenging, any choir member can tell you that the joy of making music together again is even stronger! The choir is open to new members (especially basses!)—all are welcome! The ability to read music is helpful but not strictly necessary. For more information or questions contact Acting Music Director Donia Prince.
Pre-covid, UCM played an important part in the musical life of the greater Montpelier community. Our sanctuary is a sought-after performance space with excellent acoustics and a beautiful Steinway grand piano. The Capital City Concerts, Scragg Mountain Music, Onion River Chorus and others regularly presented performances here, and assuredly will again.
In addition to installing a new state-of-the-art ventilation system, we are also finishing the installation of a new Audio-Visual system in the sanctuary. Not only will this enable us to present a high-quality hybrid worship experience, it will also be a significant enhancement to the value of the sanctuary as a performance space after the pandemic ends, allowing professional level video and audio recording.