The Mattatuck UU Society is moving. Our upright piano is not worth keeping. We are buying an electric piano/keyboard. We have a small but growing congregation and music ministry. The keyboard costs less to buy and maintain, is easier to move, has a variety of tones, is easier to record with, and can be used outside.
The Mattatuck UU Society (MUUS) took advantage of quarantine and online worship services to begin the search for new, more permanent space to house the congregation. We stopped renting from a local congregational church and are zeroing in on our next location. While renting over the last few years, we were able to use the piano and keyboard in the sanctuary of the church where we rented. Our own upright piano was kept in the church office (one of our rented rooms). As we prepare to move into a new location, we realized that our piano is not in good shape. We also realized that we may be having services outside for a while until it is safe for everyone to gather inside together and that requires a portable keyboard. We decided to replace our upright and fill our needs for a portable keyboard with a new instrument that will meet both needs. Our first outdoor service was May 23, 2021 and we are borrowing keyboards from other local congregations. We are hoping to have our own instrument when we begin the next program year in September 2021.
Our Keyboard project stakes its claim to our faith in the uniqueness of Unitarian Universalist worship. Our living tradition has it’s own hymnals, music for the most part not found in standard Christian hymnals. UU music makes use of secular, folk, gospel, world and other traditions as well as hymns in a more traditional style. A new keyboard is able to replace the piano with a digitally reproduced sound indistinguishable from a real piano and at the same time is able to sound like an organ or other instruments, giving our music program the range it needs for various styles in one instrument.
Choral singing is widely recognized as being good for the body, mind and soul. It is a ministry not only to those listening, but to those singing. Our UU tradition seeks to be ever more broadly inclusive and music breaks down barriers. Our UU tradition is becoming ever more cooperative as groups work together to share resources and even staff. During the pandemic, MUUS produced joint service along with our congregation in Meriden, CT. Part of this collaboration included a choir comprised of members of both churches, both accompanists, and even participants from the local community who didn’t belong to either congregation or any congregation. Our UUOne cooperative, community choir helped us reach out to local musicians. One singer has spoken with the minister about getting involved more in the cooperative music program as in person worship resumes.
07/30/2021we have a great pianist and she needs a great piano!$100.00
07/06/2021Looking forward to singing together sometime soon!$50.00
07/02/2021Thank you for the music.$50.00