Music at Piedmont UU Church is fun, engaging, inclusive, beautiful, and meant to be shared. Several of our wonderful musicians offer their time and talents on a regular basis to enhance the lives of members of the greater Charlotte community. Read on to learn more about their initiatives and opportunities for you to get involved, as well.
Music & Memories
Three of our choir members (Karen Haag, Elaine Deck, and Pierre Fraser) formed a band comprised of three delightful voices, two guitars, and one piano with the intention of reaching senior citizens through music.
Once a month, the group gathers for about an hour at Preston House Memory Care Center (a wonderful Charlotte, NC facility which provides a loving environment for residents living with dementia) to sing and play familiar, memory-provoking songs from the 1940s and beyond. The residents are provided song sheets with lyrics so they can sing along, and sing they do! To further engage the residents and encourage their participation, percussion instruments and tambourines are also utilized.
Twice a month, Elaine Deck (one of our indispensable Piedmont UU musicians) shares her music at the Alzheimer’s Respite Ministry (at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Huntersville, NC) through her masterful guitar playing, her warm and intimate voice, and her brilliant and engaging songwriting. The Alzheimer’s Respite Ministry offers a once weekly, three-hour respite for caregivers whose loved ones are living with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease. A thirteen member volunteer cadre from St. Mark’s provide transportation (if needed), a friendly, accepting environment for seniors that includes prayer, humor, and story time, monthly birthday celebrations, an afternoon snack, craft or fun memory games, a bell choir, and singing.
These extensions of the Piedmont Music Program are just a few of the loving examples of how our musicians bring our Covenant of Right Relations to life – by serving each other with compassion and honoring one another as members of Beloved Community.