Emerson Choir: Lifting Voices and Spirits

Mission Statement

As a dynamic part of Emerson’s ministry, the Choir is a vibrant, welcoming, and devoted group of people who love to sing. It exists to enhance worship services, deepen spirituality through music, and provide a loving and passionate community for adults who enjoy singing.

Roles of the Emerson Choir

  • To enhance Sunday worship services
  • To provide a venue for Emersonians who want to sing to:
    • Serve the congregation
    • Nurture their own spiritual growth
    • Belong to an intimate community of UUs
    • Grow as musicians

Choir Schedule and Activities

The Emerson Choir rehearses each Wednesday evening from 7:30-9:00 p.m. and sings for services three Sundays each month (August to May). The music spans a variety of styles and genres, and is closely aligned with sermon topics. As a group, the choir has also engaged in many additional activities, including an annual weekend Choir workshop, music reading sessions, a full evening concert, a master class with a well-known vocalist/teacher, group voice classes, an exchange performance with another UU congregation, occasional performances for Cobb County events, participation in numerous congregational activities, Christmas caroling, fund raising events, a Sunday service for another UU congregation, and more.

For up-to-date information about ongoing and current choir activities and events, check the music bulletin board postings at Emerson!

Kathy Mittelman, Choir Director

A lifelong conductor and music educator, Kathy holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Music from Bowling Green State University with emphases in choral conducting and general music education, and a Ph. D. in music education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has served as the director of choral activities or taught at Seneca East High School, Attica Elementary School, the University of Findlay, Heidelberg College, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kennesaw State University, where she currently teaches part-time. She is trained in both Orff and Kodaly, spent ten years teaching for the Lincoln Center Institute’s aesthetic education programs, and six years teaching in Discipline-Based Music Education with the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) and the North Georgia Institute for Education in the Arts (NGIEA). In addition, she has directed and/or conducted many musicals and theatrical events at various high schools, colleges, and theatre organizations.

Kathy and her husband have two grown children, and live in Marietta with an array of furry, feathery, and scaly things. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, writing novels under a pseudonym, and coaching budding writers via a variety of conferences and workshops.

Who can join the Choir?

Any adult Emerson member, friend, or frequent guest is welcome to join the choir, regardless of musical background. Just speak to any choir member — or simply show up on a Wednesday night. You will find this group to be inclusive, warm-hearted, and awaiting you with open arms!

Emerson Choir Covenant

As members of the Emerson Choir, we value our mission and role at Emerson, the music we sing, and one another. We therefore commit to:

  • Regular attendance at Wednesday night rehearsals and on Sunday mornings for warm-ups and services
  • Participation in as many additional choir activities as possible
  • Attentiveness to the director during rehearsals
  • Personal best in vocal technique and musicianship during every rehearsal and performance
  • Beginning and ending rehearsals on time
  • Respect and kindness toward one another

Choir Leadership Council (CLC)

A Choir Leadership Council is selected on a volunteer basis and helps guide the activities of the choir. Membership on this committee changes each year and is open to any Choir member who wishes to participate. Positions on the CLC include: Chair, Secretary, Librarian, Meaning Matters Chair, Social Chair, and at-large committee members. All CLC meetings are scheduled by the Choir Director or CLC Chair as needed, and are open to any choir member.