Welcome to Gavin Thrasher, UUCLB’s New Director of Music Ministries

It is with great pleasure your Music Search Committee has selected our Director of Music Ministries.

Jimmy Brink, David James, Mack Scott Baron, Diana Tercero, and Rev. Lissa

Here is a special message from Gavin:

“The connection and community that is created through musical collaboration is what led me to be a choral musician, and I continue to be inspired by ensembles I am a part of. I consider it a privilege to join UUCLB and I am excited to make music with everyone!”

Gavin Thrasher is a professional conductor, producer, vocalist, and teacher. He earned his Master of Music degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California, and then began working with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. There, Gavin held multiple artistic roles including Assistant Conductor and Interim Artistic Director before moving to New York to serve as Artistic Director for Big Apple Performing Arts and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Alongside these positions, Gavin has had the pleasure of serving as Music Director for both UU and UCC congregations. Gavin currently serves as Choral Director for Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), and Vocal Director for OCSA’s MONTAGE! ensemble.

Having a passion for music’s quality, availability, accessibility, and impact, Gavin has created and implemented music programs throughout Los Angeles. His collaborations have included the Partnership for LA Schools and the Arts for Healing and Justice Network, as well as working within the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Probation System. Gavin has presented these programs, their curricula, and best practices for this work on a national level, supporting other organizations in making a positive impact through music education.

The UUCLB Choir

The UUCLB Choir is composed of amateur music-lovers who get together to sing a variety of music. Classical selections, pop songs, jazz tunes, folk, and world music and spirituals are all in our repertoire. No audition or musical experience is required, just a love of singing and energetic participation.

We sing on Sunday, about twice a month, and provide special music for special occasions and holidays.

Choir practice is at 7:15 pm on Wednesday evenings in Wylder Hall, and we meet at 9:00 on Sunday mornings to warm up.

For more information about the UUCLB Choir, contact the Director of Music Ministries or come to a Wednesday rehearsal.

The Wylder Spirits, a small group of vocalists and musicians, provide contemporary music for services.

Church celebrations may include music and dance to appreciate or participate in, such as the rollicking performances at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, and the community dances outdoors around the Maypole at Beltane. UUCLB’s Music and Arts Committee also presents an annual Concert Series, with performers in a variety of genres.

If you would like to add to the music at UUCLB, contact the Director of Music Ministries.  We welcome our interim Music Minister Danny Pravder to our UUCLB team who will help provide musical support to our groups in the form of both direction and accompaniment. Danny is an accomplished church music director and accompanist, versatile in contemporary and classical styles.

Music, visual arts, and other arts serve to enhance our world and our worship, and to express our thoughts and feelings in ways beyond everyday communication.

Wylder Hall, our worship and community space, houses a continuing and changing exhibition of art from members of our church and our local community.

Participate in the Soulful Sampler on Even Month 3rd Saturdays for a Creative Arts Fellowship – Contact Michael Lyde or Kathy Adams Adult Faith Development Co-Chairs

Soulful Sampler Commercial By MIchael Lyde

Earl Birch Smith “Art in the Church” Award

The Earl Birch Smith “Art in the Church” award is given annually to someone who has made a significant artistic contribution to the life of the congregation.  The contribution can be as an artist – visually or musically, teacher, or contributor to the UUCLB various Music and Arts programs.