Music News Archive

Jun 2019

Divas and Drag Queens: A Choral Concert and Drag Bingo Fundraiser

The UUSM Choir presents “Divas and Drag Queens,” a musical fundraiser celebrating Pride and Empowerment. We will be showcasing a variety of pieces ranging from classy to camp; arias from Donizetti to tunes by Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, and showstoppers from Priscilla Queen of the Desert!
The event will be hosted by the lovely Ms. Beverly Luxe and we will be playing bingo through the night. You are welcome to dress up in your campiest, most colorful attire. Tickets are $20 at door or online through (choose Program Support > Dining for Dollars > choir concert
For more information, contact Saunder Choi.

Apr 2019

Spring Music Fundraiser (Immediately After SSS.) - Leslie Beauvais and Friends in Concert

Sunday, April 14th, 2019
After Second Sunday Supper
Doors Open at 7:15 PM
Concert 7:30 - 9:00pm
Come and join us for an evening of everything from
Broadway and Jazz Standards, to original Singer-Songwriter music, to Blues, Pop, Folk, and Classical selections. 
The concert features Leslie, along with Pat Quinn, Saunder Choi, Thomas Ahern, Ken Alexander, Teri Bond, Kai Landauer — and a few surprises!
New Orleans born and raised, Leslie’s musical journey began in musical theater, performing with the Young Americans in the national Broadway touring company of “Les Miserables”, and in the original production of the Richard Rogers Award winning musical “Hidden Sky”. Leslie has recorded several fine albums, including “Stop the World” and “Waiting for My Conviction”. Her latest CD, “Chemistry”, is an album of personal transformation — a savory gumbo of Pop, Rock, Country, Folk, and Jazz, with just a touch of New Orleans spice. Check out her website to hear and purchase her albums at
Sanctuary doors open: 7:15 pm
Concert starts: 7:30 pm
Suggested donation: $15 (or whatever you can pay)
Your donation helps the Music Fund pay our lead singers, buy music for the choir, and tune up and repair our piano and organ.
Bring your friends to see Leslie Beauvais and Friends in Concert. We’ll see you there!


Jan 2019

Choir and Friends – Spreading Holiday Cheer!

On Saturday, December 1, a few of our choir members and friends got together to share seasonal music and good cheer with two care facilities in our neighborhood – Sunrise Assisted Living and Seaport Care Center.
We were greeted warmly at both venues by both staff and residents. At Sunrise, word must have gotten out that we were coming because the residents, many of whom were dressed in cheerful holiday garb, came out in large numbers to listen and sing along. And, at Seaport, one member of the audience could sing pretty much every verse of every carol along with us without referring to the lyric sheets we handed out.
If you love this season and want to contribute your voice and a couple of hours of your time, we’d love to have you join us next year. No experience necessary! This is a great way to let our neighbors know we are here, and that we care about them.

Sep 2018

Goodbye to Zanaida

UUSM said goodbye to Zanaida Robles on Sunday, August 26, in an emotional ceremony led by Reverend Greg.

Aug 2018

Music Director Zanaida Robles Moving to Pasadena Congregation

“This is a church that prides itself on being a singing congregation,” says Zanaida Robles, Director of Music for UUSM. “Music enriches the spiritual experience, and helps create worship that reaches people.”
Zanaida announced in late June that she has accepted the Director of Music position at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena and will be leaving UUSM at the end of August. She also holds a full-time position as the director of four choirs at Harvard-Westlake School.
Leading UUSM’s music program for the past two church seasons has been a time of growth for Zanaida, both personally and professionally, as well as for the church’s music program, and for the choir itself. “Choir rehearsal time has been most precious to me. It is a time of spiritual awakening. The community has really broadened,” says Zanaida. She lauds the commitment of the members of the UUSM choir, who rehearse for two hours each week and for the hour before each Sunday service.
UUSM’s section leaders are a major church asset, Zanaida says. “They are like an all-star baseball team and are the envy of the town.”
Zanaida has deep appreciation for the UU canon of music in our hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition, and its 2005 supplement, Singing the Journey. “It is imperative that we maintain our understanding of music,” she says, noting that a UUSM favorite, “Blue Boat Home,” is an adaptation of an historic Welsh hymn known as “Hyfrydol.” She appreciates the way that the UU canon “bridges traditional and contemporary music, spiritual but unfettered by dogma.”
As she leaves for Neighborhood Church, Zanaida urges UUSM to continue its commitment to the music program. “Lives are changed,” she says. “The heart is there. Good people make good worship.”
– Abby Arnold

Jun 2018

Choir Treats to a Motown Music Evening

The Dining for Dollars Choir Concert will be held in the sanctuary on Saturday, June 9 at 7 pm, presenting Motown music from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Tickets are $20, and include a fabulous after-party in Forbes Hall.
Tickets can be purchased at the door. The concert supports the UUSM operating budget.
This annual fundraiser is a congregation favorite; don’t miss it!

May 2018

Leslie and Friends

A concert called Leslie and Friends was organized by Leslie Beauvais and held after Second Sunday Supper on April 8 to benefit the Music Fund. There is so much wonderful church talent including Leslie Beauvais, Tom Ahern, Ken Alexander, Teri Bond, and Kai Laudauer (aka Karl Lisovsky). However, the show was “stolen” by Delaney Hutchinson, accompanied by her dad, Brad Hutchinson. The Music Fund supplements the money for the Music Ministry not covered by the operating budget of the church.
Cindy Kelly

Apr 2018

CHOIR NEWS - Choir Attends UU Musical Festival

The UUSM choir joined with other UU choirs in Southern California for a Jason Shelton Workshop during the weekend of March 10 and 11. Following the workshop, the choir performed in a concert at the Studio City UU Church where they sang Jason’s music. Jason Shelton is a UU minister, composer, and choir director from Nashville. We will be singing many of his new songs that have been composed for UU churches in our future services.
On Sunday, all the choirs joined in singing with the Studio City Church choir and their choir director, Dr. Nancy Holland. The worship service led by Jason Sheldon was titled, “The Song in Our Hearts.”
Cynthia Kelly
Sunday, April 8, 2018 • 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:15 pm)
Suggested donation $15 to benefit the UUSM Music Fund
Starring: Leslie Beauvais, Barrett Tagliarino, Thomas Ahern, Kenneth Alexander, Delaney and Brad Hutchinson, Betsy Grant, Teri Bond, Kai Landauer, and a few surprises!
Come to Second Sunday Supper and wrap up your weekend on a high note. Stay for an evening of entertainment that will knock your socks off – and benefit the UUSM Music Fund. We will perform everything from Broadway and jazz standards to original singer-songwriter music, to blues, pop, folk and classical selections. Something for everyone to love!

Mar 2018

Choir News

The UUSM choir will participate in a Jason Shelton workshop with the Studio City Unitarian Church on March 10, and will sing jointly with Jason and the Studio City choir on Sunday March 11 at the Studio City UU Church.

The Rev. Jason Shelton is a composer, arranger, conductor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, workshop, and retreat leader. He is the Associate Minister for Music at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, TN, where he has served since 1998. His compositions, familiar to people who worship in UU congregations, have been performed in churches and concert halls throughout North America, and his workshops for choirs, musicians and ministers are helping to redefine music ministry in the liberal religious tradition for the 21st century.

Cynthia Kelly


Oct 2017

Annual Choir Retreat: Requiem Vespers Nov. 5

Our Choir held its annual retreat at Throop Church in Pasadena in August. Led by our Director of Music, Dr. Zanaida Robles, the choir made plans for the coming year and began practicing to sing our annual Requiem. This year the choir will sing Mozart’s Requiem at the annual Remembrance Vespers on Sunday, November 5. The choir is looking forward to an exciting year of music.

Music Committee -You Are Welcome

Members of the congregation are welcome to join the Music Committee, which will hold its first meeting of the year on Sunday, October 8 at 12:30 pm in the choir room, upstairs.