Music plays a key role at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County. A variety of high-quality music provides a crucial, well-integrated component of our worship experience each week. The musical interests of our members-adults and youth alike-are fostered and encouraged for the enrichment of our entire congregation and community.
The Music Committee works with the Music Director, the minister and the Program Committee to provide rich and varied music during the Sunday services. Our adult choir, children's choir, and other vocalists and instrumentalists prepare music of many genres to support and enhance the message of the weekly service. The Meeting House has beautiful acoustics in the sanctuary and is equipped with a Steinway grand piano, an organ and a harpsichord.
Our talented Music Director is Louise Chernosky, who graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a BM in Music Education with high distinction in piano. She also has a Masters degree in Musicology from SUNY Buffalo and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Historical Musicology at Columbia University. In addition to her teaching, solo performances and choir conducting she has worked with a Balinese Gamelan ensemble and sung with a Bulgarian Womens Chorus, Each year she produces a varied musical program for the Children's Choir and the 25-member adult volunteer choir, sometimes augmented by professional soloists and other instrumentalists. There are several fine instrumentalists in the congregation so it is not unusual for congregants to hear a variety not only of musical styles but also of musical instruments. For example, one service featured The Man in the Mirror with a small rock band accompaniment, including saxophone and drums, and another, the Martini motet, Domine ad adjuvandum me festin? with harpsichord, violin and cello accompaniment. Louise plays a central role in the yearly program, United We Sing, begun as a response to the 9/11 tragedy. Area religious groups of different faiths are invited to participate in a program of song, dance, and words to emphasize what unites us rather than what divides us.
Music at UUCMC is not confined to Sunday services. From time to time professional musicians from inside and outside the congregation choose to perform in afternoon or evening concerts. The yearly cabaret offers the opportunity to members and friends to display their musical talents.
We are always looking for singers who would like to join the UU Singers and musicians who would like to play at services or be involved in other ways. If you would like to be involved in our music program please contact our Music Director or the Music Committee at