Mary Bopp Annual Appeal

Mary Bopp, Director of Music

What a year it has been!

I am so busy these days, I feel like I’m living in a whirlwind, but my motivation is always to keep our beloved UUS:E musical community together and it’s thriving!

Here’s what I’ve been up to and my plans moving forward:

Virtual Choir: Working in tandem with Dan Thompson, we have been creating virtual UUS:E choir videos. Janet Desmarais and Jeannine Westbrook joined our production team in December.

The choir works very hard to make these videos.

I just started holding virtual choir rehearsals on Wednesday nights in preparation for Easter.

Jane Osborn is running our tech, Dorothy Bognar is on piano and Jeannine Westbrook is leading vocals.

 Virtual Events: On Wednesdays during the early months of the Pandemic I presented the Musical Oasis concert series which featured mostly my improvisations. In the fall I presented a special concert of Dorothy Bognar’s photographs and piano playing. Also the 2020 Piano Bash was held. On March 20th, 2021, we will feature a benefit concert for MACC by the Handler & Levesque Duo. More to come!

Sunday Services: During the early days of the Pandemic I put out a call to UUS:E musicians to send music videos and as a result, I am curating a rapidly growing library created by UUS:E members and friends.  It’s like we have our own musical grassroots movement! So much talent! This culminated in a wonderful December Holiday Music service. Of course, I’m always around to play some “plain old” piano music…

 Music Salon: Peggy Webbe and I have been keeping the Music Salon going. The Bimonthly event is so much fun and always well attended and we get many participants.

Technology: This year I have learned how to Zoom, use Google Drive, make, upload and download videos, create virtual music videos, use EventBrite and much more. Big learning curve for this technophobe!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just want to express gratitude to all those mentioned above and the many more who have contributed so much-especially in this strange and challenging year. UUS:E is an incredible organization that I’m proud to be a part of.

One more music video: Here is a video piano improv for you: