2021 Albany Post Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520                     914-271-4283

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the
Hudson Valley

Music Ministry

There are many aspects to “Music Ministry” in Unitarian Universalism. We use music to heighten our spiritual experiences as a congregation and to intensify our messages of love, compassion and respect for all, an honest search for truth, and justice. Music is usually an essential part of the Sunday worship service. It can help us feel and retain the messages of the sermon. Music affords us the opportunity to feel and be moved beyond where words alone can take us. Poetically speaking, music is often the most direct path to the heart. It nurtures our spiritual nature both as participants and listeners. Listening to music and singing together as a congregation helps us feel connected to one another as a human family. It deepens our faith and inspires us to live our values.


Our Music Program's goals are:

  • To provide music that will set and sustain a mood for worship in the services, lending a spiritual and emotional backdrop to the spoken word;
  • To engender a sense of community and spirituality among participants and listeners, in worship services, as well as in a wide range of other activities where music is requested;
  • To use music to help foster our children’s lifelong connection to the UU faith; and
  • To use music as a form of community outreach by providing opportunities for people of all ages to participate in, or enjoy musical performances that attract and sustain new church members and friends.





Giocille Shaw  gtshaw3@gmail.com


Giocille Shaw grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, the fifth child of Italian-American parents. She started piano lessons when she was in first grade, and has sung in church and school choirs throughout her life. Giocille loves all types of music, although Classical and Jazz are her favorite genres. She has taught general music in the Ossining School district since 2002, and she has lived in Ossining, with her two children, since 2010. Giocille is a Kodály certified instructor at New York University’s Steinhardt School, and is an active workshop presenter in the New York area. Her favorite quote of Zoltán Kodály, the Hungarian composer who developed the methodology nearly a century ago, is “Let music belong to everyone.” She is inspired to share the joy of making music with others, believing deeply in music’s ability to bind and heal humanity forever.  She is grateful for this opportunity to serve with the warm and welcoming members of UU Congregation of the Hudson Valley! 





Fellowship Choir

Open to all singers, the Fellowship Choir sings at select Sunday services and rehearses from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, September through June. Any one who enjoys singing is welcome to join. No experience or musical ability is required. Come to a rehearsal.



Sharing Musical Gifts

Musicians of all kinds share their gifts at Sunday services undefined vocalists, instrumentalists, solos, duets, trios, young and old. If interested, contact Giocilee at gtshaw3@gmail.com


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