UU Musicians Network

A professional organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association

The purpose of the UUMN Annual Conference is to help carry out the mission of our organization by:

  • providing high quality plenaries and workshops designed to enhance the musical life of adults, youth, and children in our churches
  • modeling excellence in leadership through the use of clinicians and workshop leaders with good people skills as well as good musicianship
  • modeling ways to enhance and deepen worship through well-integrated and innovative worship services
  • providing a wide variety of music from which to build repertoire for congregations and choirs of all ages
  • providing opportunities for attendees to network and share ideas and resources (e.g., district meetings over lunch, organized sessions for small/medium/large churches, etc.)
  • modeling ways to build community (e.g., an intentional in-gathering, a special gathering for newcomers, opportunities to contribute, etc.)
  • providing opportunities for UUMN composers, soloists and troubadours to be heard and encouraged (e.g., recitals, composers’ forum, bookstore, etc.)
  • scheduling courses as prescribed by the Music Leadership Certification Committee to facilitate candidate certification

Past UUMN Conferences and Hosts

1983 – Boston, MA – Joyce Gilbert, Ken Orton, Leo Collins
1984 – St. Paul, MN – Ken Ford
1985 – Portland, OR – Bob Winkley, Mark Slegers
1986 – Madison, WI – Bob Winkley, Ellsworth Snyder
1987 – Washington DC – Betsy Jo Angebranndt, Niki Davis
1988 – San Diego, CA – Ken Herman
1989 – Toronto, CAN – Laurie Frasier, Jacqui Alkin
1990 – Milwaukee, WI – Bob Simiele, Christian Rich
1991 – Baltimore, MD – James Huston
1992 – San Francisco, CA – Edwin Barlow, Eric Howe
1993 – Rochester, NY - Joyce Gilbert, Ed Schell
1994 –The Mountain - Shelley Denham
1995 – Evanston, Ill. - Bart Bradfield, John Giles
1996 – Houston, TX - Dean Dalton, Kay Dunn
1997 – Santa Monica, CA – Nicole Baker
1998 – Providence, RI - Helene Gersuny, Lee Ridgway
1999 – Bloomfield Hills, MI, Sue/Dan Boyce, Barbara Woolf
2000 – San Diego, CA - Ken Herman
2001 – The Mountain - Shelley Denham
2002 – Vancouver, BC - Joyce Poley
2003 – San Antonio, TX - Bill Ross
2004 – Arlington, VA – Bob Griffith, Bea Ann Phillips
2005 – Denver, CO - Keith Arnold, Marlys Brinkman
2006 – St. Paul, MN – Sonja Johnston, Ruth Palmer
2007 – Clearwater, FL – Frank Wells
2008 – Boston, MA (25th Anniversary):  Emma Jean Moulton, Mary Neumann, Beth Norton, Eleanor Toth
2009 – Portland, OR:  Mark Slegers
2010 – Madison, WI:  Dan Broner, Linda Warren
2011 – Arlington, VA:  Bob Griffith, Bea Ann Phillips; John Hubert - Conference Planning Committee Chair
2012 – Tulsa, OK: Rick Fortner, Susan Swatek; John Hubert - CPC Chair
2013 – Dallas, TX: Don Krehbiel; Patrick Scofield - CPC Chair
2014 - San Diego, CA: Ken Herman; Patrick Scofield - CPC Chair