I first attended a UCCMA national conference in 2013 when I was asked to be a presenter on children’s music at the gathering in Seattle. It was a seminal moment for me. I had attended many conferences and conventions for organists and choral directors, but to gather with UCC colleagues and learn together was incredibly meaningful. I have attended every conference since then and now I am in the center of this wonderful organization.
The United Church of Christ Musicians Association is a vibrant national grassroots group of musicians and pastors who are continually seeking new ways to worship, connect and uplift people through music and the arts.
The three-day national conferences that I find so inspiring are filled to the brim with outstanding directors, clinicians, performers and worship experiences. It is a time for church musicians and pastors to learn, experiment, connect and grow.
In between are webinars, journal issues, conversations and newsletters to keep us up to date. Our next conference will be held in 2024.
For me, being an intimate part of this organization has been like having family I can rely on all around the USA.
I invite you to explore our website and learn about us. Perhaps you, too, will join the family.
Who are we?
The United Church of Christ Musicians Association, Inc. (UCCMA) is a non-profit, national organization with a membership made up of musicians, clergy and interested laity in the United Church of Christ and beyond. We are a grassroots, independent organization run entirely by volunteers and supported by members. Our mission is to inspire, educate and nurture those who minister through music and the arts.
UCCMA was founded in 1993 by a small group of musicians in Connecticut who felt at home in the United Church of Christ but recognized a need for professional support from colleagues in our denomination. We incorporated in 1994 and held our first national conference in 1998. In 1999, we launched our professional journal.
As we have grown both in membership and mission, our focus has broadened to include individuals with many different roles, both formal and informal, in their churches’ music and worship life. People from other denominations have always been welcome.
What do we offer?
We offer professional development and support, education programs such as webinars, networking, resources, publications and conferences.
To those who join UCCMA, we provide:
• UCC Musicians News, an electronic newsletter published six times a year
• Worship, Music and Ministry, a professional journal published digitally three times a year
• Job placement listing service
• Biennial national conference offering an array of workshops and worship services. View our list of past conferences and where they were located.
• Member discount on conference registrations
• Online address directory
• Supportive environment for learning skills and connecting with colleagues
Individual memberships are offered for one-year or two-year subscriptions.
We offer an institutional membership for up to six staff members of one church or organization to join us for one fee.
We also offer a free job-listing service. To publicize an open music position, send complete information to Ruth Striegel. Your listing will appear in the job listings page of the website and in our newsletter.
A complete guide to hiring a musician is available on this website. It includes practical information and worksheets in a format that can be filled out on a computer. Note: no salary guidelines are provided. Compensation for Christian educators may be comparable. Consult with your UCC Conference office.