The Music Committee

The purpose of the UUFD Music Committee is to continually develop music in UUFD as an essential and vital part of worship services and in the larger fellowship activities. The Music Committee collaborates closely with the Music Director, Minister, Director of Religious Education (DRE) and the Sunday Services Committee to provide inspiring music which complements the nature and focus of the Sunday service and moves the heart. Music at UUFD can come from diverse musical styles, using music from various origins and traditions. Sources of music include piano music, the choir, small group vocal and instrumental ensembles and soloists, our children, and the voices of the Fellowship. In researching and developing programming music for worship, we discover and become educated about our multi-cultural world, mindful to be sensitive to differences as well as currently relevant social justice issues. 

 Recital Series

The 2014 - 2015 Recital Series concluded Friday, May 8, 2015. Marilyn Garst, Music Director, is currently planning the 2015 - 2016 series. The first recital is usually given in late September, so please check back in August for more information on the coming year's program. 

Marilyn Mangold Garst, a California native, was a faculty member for 25 years in the Department of Music at The George Washington University where she was Keyboard Studies Coordinator and taught piano, harpsichord and keyboard ensembles.  She was the pianist in the G.W.U. Faculty Piano Trio and is the pianist in the Mangold Duo with her sister.  She currently serves as Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango where she started a Recital Series in 2007.   

Dr. Garst received her degrees (BM, MM, PhD) from the University of Southern California, Indiana University and Michigan State University with additional study at Juilliard and the Aspen School of Music.  Awards include prizes in the International Bach Competition and International Bartok-Kabalevsky Competition.   She has given workshops on historical keyboard instruments including a demonstration tour of the Piano 300 exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution and has been listed in American Keyboard Artists.