Music, Music, Music
Music is an important part of ministry at Shelter Rock! Music helps communicate deep human and Unitarian Universalist values. Shelter Rock is a community where you can look forward to great music.
Led by Music Director Stephen Michael Smith, the choir is a volunteer group supported by four professional section leaders. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings (except May and June) and Sunday mornings. The music is chosen to enhance the worship experience and the theme of the service. The Annual Music Sunday Service led by the choir is a highlight of the program and the congregational year.
Shelter Rock is the proud host of a traditional orchestra and an Orff orchestra, both of which enjoy enthusiastic followers.
The Orchestra at Shelter Rock
is a full symphony orchestra comprised of talented members of the congregation and the larger Long Island musical community. The Orchestra accompanies the Congregation’s annual Messiah Sing and Music Sunday. Recent features have included Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Arvo Part’s Berlinner Messe and Johannes Brahms’ Requiem. The Orchestra’s Annual Summer Concert is held on the first Sunday in August.
Musicians who play a traditional orchestral instrument and are interested in joining the orchestra should contact Music Director Stephen Michael Smith via EMAIL, or call 516.472.2942.
The UUCSR Jazz Ensemble
is a multi-generational music group open to all instrumentalists of all ages. The group focuses on rehearsing and performing compositions by jazz masters and jazz standards, with emphasis on techniques for playing cohesively as a group and for individual and collective improvisation. Moderate proficiency on your instrument and reading music will be helpful to you -- though you will be supported in this -- and no previous jazz experience is required. Ear training, rhythmic study, sheet music, and listening to exemplary works are some of the strategies employed in the ensemble. The Jazz Ensemble rehearses October to May, on Sundays from 9-10:15am; regular rehearsals align with the RE calendar and four to six performances are scheduled during the Sunday service or immediately following. The Jazz Ensemble is lead by Dan Pratt, a highly respected and active member of the New York jazz community and Lincoln Center Education who has performed in venues ranging from The House of Blues to the White House.
The Multigenerational Orff Orchestra
is a large and varied Orff Instrumentarium that offers the possibility of exciting and rewarding musical experiences for folks with a full range of musical experience and background.
Music by Children and Youth
Beginning in the lower grades, the Religious Education (RE) Music Specialist integrates music into the RE program via the Young People’s Choir. It meets in the Music Rehearsal Room Sunday most Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
The Edward Miller Memorial Music Scholarship FundFull details here.
Concerts and Special Events
A wide variety of performances are held throughout the year (often on Sunday afternoons). Some are annual events and some are special events.
Listen to an audio recording here:
Video recordings of recent concerts can be seen here: