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As I write this, my kitchen is demolished and the room appears much smaller than the full one ever did. Although I’m sure there’s a metaphor there somewhere I am not comparing the music program to an empty room. September inevitably ushers in a season of change and I am looking forward to trying some new music. Still, I’m also relishing the return to the comfort of old favorites.

I picked up some new ideas and new and old-but-new-to-me music at the UCC Music Association Conference in Madison, WI. this past June. While there I networked with other UCC musicians and learned what they are doing in other parts of the country. Seeing and hearing others play, ring, and sing gave me insight into how we might try songs we’ve sung before, but in a slightly new way. I brought some of the new music back with me to try and see how these new songs fit with our beloved classics.

I view the first intergenerational service on October 6 as another opportunity to combine choirs and offer everyone who wishes to participate the chance to do so. We’ll be learning a new song, a bilingual piece titled Ven al Banquete (Come to the Feast) with a little bit of Spanish and a lot of different parts. Rehearsals for children and youth will be offered after services on September 15 and 22 with parts accessible for all. The adult choir will learn their parts during regular rehearsals and all will come together for a joyful noise on the morning of the service.

Thank you for your continued support of the music program at Pilgrim Congregational as we move into another church year.

Dot Bowe

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