Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County

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Music Program Descriptions

Adult Choir

If you enjoy choral singing of sacred music with a committed and enthusiastic group, please join us! The choir practices weekly and performs twice a month in Sunday services, special Christmas services, and as part of the annual “Music Sunday.”
When: Thursday night practice, 7 - 9pm (Sept – May)
Location: Sanctuary
Music Director: Wesley McCall

Children's Choirs

Aria is a musical play class for children K-2nd Grade.

Intermezzo is for children in 3rd to 8th Grade.

We focus on experiencing the joy of music as an aspect of religious education. We occasionally perform during Sunday services and Wednesday night family night events.

When: Sundays, 11:15am -11:45am in room 6.
Location: Room 6
Music Director: Wesley McCall

Special Musicians or Vocal Soloists

Are you a musician or vocalist with the talent and desire to share your gift of music during a worship service? We feature special musicians each week at the worship service when our choir does not sing. We’d love to know about your interest.  Contact the Music Director.


The UUFCC Band started as a brass band and over thelast several years, has morphed into a jazz band with trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, saxophone, French horn, drum, piano, electric bass, and electric guitar players. The band practices weekly and performs in Sunday services six times a year or more. If you have an instrument and would like to play with our band, please contact us.

When: Sunday practice, 11:30am to 1pm (Summer practices may be earlier)
Location: Sanctuary
Contact: Music Director

The UUFCC hosts three concert series annually and also serves as a venue for musical events sponsored by other organizations in Centre County. The Fellowship’s offerings, coordinated by the Music Committee, include:

·  UUFCC Music Series, a series of Sunday afternoon concerts featuring the best of the region’s classical music performers (both instrumental and vocal) from fall through spring.

·  Young Artists Concert Series, which envisions having aspiring young artists from the Centre County area perform at the UUFCC in concerts that benefit local, national, or international charities.

·  Untangled Strings Concert Series, a series of concerts by contemporary and folk artists from around the U.S.

For more information, contact the Music Committee.

Click here for a list of our  Past Events.

Young Artists Concert Series



Untangled Strings Concert Series

Untangled Strings Concert Series presents:

 Long Time Courting

 Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County 
780 Waupelani Drive Ext.

Boston-based band Long Time Courting will come to the UUFCC on October 24, 8pm, as part of the Untangled Strings Concert Series.

The band is an all-women supergroup featuring Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals) of Matt & Shannon Heaton and Childsplay, Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals) of Annalivia and the John Whelan Band, Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) of Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards and Fluttr Effect, and newest member Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals), also of Childsplay. 

Together as Long Time Courting, these four talented woman offer an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician's versatility, creativity, and mastery. Exquisite vocal harmonies combine with formidable instrumental prowess to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying. The members of the group are all seasoned performers, having toured with such notable acts as The John Whelan Band, Childsplay, Robbie O’Connell, Aoife Clancy, and Carlos Núñez.

This is a concert not to be missed.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children and can be purchased at the door

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Past UUFCC Music Series Events


Past Concerts

Young Artists Concert Series

A Summer Benefit Concert

for Youth United For Global Action and Awareness (YUGA)

Friday, June 7th 2013 at 7:30 
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County 
780 Waupelani Drive Ext.

The performance will include works composed by George David Weiss, Richard Rogers, George Gershwin, and Ástor Piazzolla.

Talented high school musicians of State College assembled to host a FREE benefit music concert where the earnings will go towards the “Because I am a Girl” initiative. A global initiative of Plan International, “Because I am a Girl” creates sustainable projects in developing countries to give girls access to the most basic of human rights: clean water, food, healthcare, education, financial security, and protection from violence and exploitation. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Jazz Trio: Emma Rohan, Alexander Korte, Zach McGowan. 
Piano Trio: Raina Arnett, Anna Miller, Rosaleen Xiong. 
String Quartet: Noah Beattie-Moss, Raina Arnett, Alexander Woskob, Charis Lin.

FREE Concert: Donations Accepted


2014-2015 UUFCC Music Series

UUFCC Music Series with Amanda Silliker, mezzo-soprano, Oct. 19, 3pm

The first program on our UUFCC Music Series this year will feature mezzo-soprano Amanda Silliker, who will perform with pianist Svetlana Rodionova at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 19 at the UUFCC.The program will include opera arias, pieces exploring the seasons, some classical jazz, and a dash of contemporary humor. Composers represented will include Verdi, Vaughan Williams, Jake Heggie, Bruce Trinkley, and Cole Porter. 

Amanda Silliker, a former UUFCC Music Director, teaches voice and piano in her Bellefonte studio and directs a church choir. She also performs frequently in this area and beyond. This fall, she will perform twice in New York City. Later this season, she will perform at the Palmer Museum of Art and appear as soloist with the Nittany Valley Symphony. Svetlana Rodionova has appeared frequently on our series. She is active as an accompanist at Penn State and has appeared as soloist with the Nittany Valley Symphony, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and the Music at Penn's Woods Festival Orchestra. 

The series is sponsored by the Music Committee at the UUFCC. 

Admission is $10; season tickets for four concerts are $32. Students and children attend free.
You can RSVP on our Facebook link and also invite your friends to join you for a wonderful afternoon of vocal music.


2013-2014 UUFCC Music Series

Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. An Afternoon of Vocal and Piano Music

Soprano Sarah Shafer and her father, pianist Timothy Shafer, will present works by Schumann, Debussy and Wolf.  The program will include songs from the lieder repertoire and solo piano pieces.  Sarah Shafer will be performing the songs from this program in Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City’s Carnegie Hall this season. 

Sarah is finishing her studies in the opera program at the Curtis Institute of Music. She will perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra as the 2014 winner of their Young Artist Competition. During the past year she has sung principal roles with the San Francisco, Philadelphia, Memphis, and Glyndebourne Opera companies, and she also made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the New York Choral Society. Timothy Shafer is Professor of Piano in the Penn State School of Music. He is a frequent concerto soloist with regional orchestras and is active as a chamber musician and soloist.

Individual tickets are $10 for adults; children and students attend free.

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Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m.      Flute and Cello
Penn State faculty flutist Naomi Seidman and her husband, cellist Jonathan Dexter, will present a recital of chamber works spanning the baroque, classical, and 20th century, plus a recent work by Pennsylvania composer, Efrain Amaya.  They will be joined by bassoonist Daryl Durran and other friends.

Individual tickets are $10 for adults; children and students attend free.


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Sunday, February 16 at 3 p.m. The Classical Saxophone

Saxophonist David Stambler will perform compositions from the l9th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including recent works that he commissioned and premiered.  Dr. Stambler is on the faculty of the Penn State School of Music and is known for both his classical and jazz performances.

The Classical Saxophone: From Historic to Modern.
David Stambler, saxophone
Agatha Wang, piano
Paule Maurice--Tableaux de Provence (1955)
John Anthony Lennon---  Distances Within Me (1979)
Fernande Decruck---Sonata in C Sharp Major (1943)
Jules Demersseman--Fantasy on an Original Theme (1866)
Paule Maurice and Fernande Decruck were French women musicians and composers who wrote the above pieces for a famous French classical saxophonist, Marcel Mule.  Demersseman, also French, was one of the first French composers to write music for the newly developed saxophone.  He was a close friend of Adolphe Sax, a Belgian instrument maker who invented the saxophone in 1840.  John Anthony Lennon is an American composer who teaches at Emory University in Atlanta.  He is known for his works for classical guitar and saxophone.

Individual tickets are $10 for adults; children and students attend free.

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Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. Cellist Kim Cook 

We welcome back cellist Kim Cook and pianist Svetlana Rodionova, who will open our series with a program of music by Schumann, Martinu, Granados, Dvorak, Rachmaninov, and Brahms.  Ms. Cook is Professor of Cello at Penn State and was the inaugural Penn State Laureate.  She and Ms. Rodionova perform together frequently. 

Individual tickets are $10 for adults; children and students attend free.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 3 p.m.

UUFCC Music Series (formerly Winterfest) concert 19 May (Sun), Heidi von Bernewitz and Friends

Heidi von Bernewitz, viola, Rob Nairn, bass, and Svetlana Rodionova, piano, will perform an interesting variety of old and
new music.


C.P.E.Bach--Trio Sonata in F Major
Felix Mendelssohn--Sonata for Viola and Piano
John Hawkins--'Shadows' for Viola, Double Bass and Piano
Paul Hindemith--Duett for Viola and Double Bass
Rebecca Clarke--Sonata for Viola and Piano

Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3 p.m.

Penn State faculty violist Timothy Deighton will present a program of music from the early 20th century, including works by Hindemith, Debussy, and Rebecca Clarke. He will be assisted by pianist Ann Deighton, flutist Naomi Seidman, harpist Anne Sullivan, and cellist Jonathan Dexter.

"Chamber Music for Viola: The End of La Belle Epoch"
Dr. Timothy Deighton is Professor of Viola in the Penn State School of Music.  He will be assisted by the following musicians:  Ann Deighton, piano; Anthony Costa, clarinet; Jonathan Dexter, cello; Ofir Tomer, viola; Naomi Seidman, flute; Anne Sullivan, harp, and Ted Christopher, narrator.  The program will inlcude duos and trios composed in Europe between 1908 and 1918. 
Rebecca Clarke--"Lullaby and Grotesque" for viola and cello
Max Bruch--Selections from "Eight Pieces for Viola, Clarinet, and Piano"
Rebecca Clarke--"Morpheus" for viola and piano with a reading from Ovid's Metamorphosis
Frank Bridge--"Lament for Two Violas"
Claude Debussy--"Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp"

Sunday, November 11, 2012

We we very pleased that our first concert will feature James Lyon, Professor of Violin in the Penn State School of Music, performing a special program of violin music. In planning this program, Professor Lyon decided to perform some less well-known works, especially those composed in the 20th century. Alan Ridout's "Ferdinand the Bull" was written to accompany Alan Munro's famous story for children about a peaceful bull who did not wish to fight. While Carolina Heredia was an undergraduate student at Penn State, she studied violin with Professor Lyon. She now studies composition as a graduate student at the University of Michigan.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Our next concert featured soprano Jennifer Trost, Professor of Voice in Penn State’s School of Music. Ms. Trost came to Penn State following a career in opera in the U.S. and Germany, including nine years at the Bavarian State Opera. She has appeared as a guest artist with many operas and orchestras and taught at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, Germany. For this program she has chosen some of her favorite works, including music by Schubert, Mozart, and Copland. She will be accompanied by pianist Steven Smith and joined by tenor Richard Kennedy for a piece by Benjamin Britten. Both Mr. Smith and Mr. Kennedy are School of Music faculty members.



Sunday, February 10, 2013

We are please to offer "An Afternoon with Clarinet Chamber Music" with Smith Toulson, clarinet, with guest artists Diane Gold Toulson, flute, Anne Sullivan, harp, Cecilia Dunoyer, piano, Mark Weaver, clarinet.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Penn State faculty violist Timothy Deighton will present a program of music from the early 20th century, including works by Hindemith, Debussy, and Rebecca Clarke. He will be assisted by pianist Ann Deighton, flutist Naomi Seidman, harpist Anne Sullivan, and cellist Jonathan Dexter.








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