Music

Make a joyful noise …

Makingbells6small a joyful noise, our music program is truly unique and ranges from bluegrass to classical organ music.  An occasional youth worship band provides a contemporary touch and everyone is invited to participate in vocal andIMG_7057 bell choirs.

Every week, a different ensemble of talented volunteers contributes to the worship experience.  We are also fortunate to have two professional accompanists, Peter O’Connor, a jazz pianist, and Laurel Buckwalter, a trained organist.

The Moller Organ, located in the Alfred Seventh Day Baptist church, was originally given to the community of Alfred. In 1930, Sara Burdick Rosebush’s sons wanted to give an organ to the Alfred community honoring their mother who was a talented musician. Lacking a better place to house it, and because the church’s 1886 Steer & Turner organ was burned in the thumb.Alfred.SeventhDayBapt.1930Moller.Buckwalter01Palm Sunday fire of 1929, the Moller was installed in the Alfred Seventh Day BaptistChurch. Over the years volunteers from both the UUC and Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Church have assisted with organ restoration projects such as replacing the leathers, removing the pipes for cleaning, and rewiring the electronics. We are grateful to have our own organist, Laurel Buckwalter, who is “one of those talented organists who knows how to use all the keys, pedals, and stops to make incredibly beautiful music.”