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. 


The 2015-16 Recital Series will feature four faculty members of the Music Department at Fort Lewis College, two string players from New Mexico, and Marilyn Garst, Music Director and pianist at the fellowship.  The first recital on Sept. 25 will present a husband and wife duo—Dr. Mark A. Walters, clarinet, and Dr. Lisa Campi Walters, piano—in a program of classical and jazz works.  As Professor of Music, Mark serves as Director of Bands and teaches applied woodwinds, music education, Blues, Jazz and Rock.  Lisa is Associate Professor of Piano at the college where she teaches piano and theory and performs solo and chamber music recitals plus accompanying; she is the pianist in the Red Shoe Piano Trio.  Both are also members of the San Juan Symphony.  

M. Brent Williams, violin, will present a duo recital of works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries with Marilyn Garst at the piano on Nov. 20.  Brent is Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at the college and serves as Concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony and the Albany Symphony Orchestra in Georgia.  He also performs in the Red Shoe Piano Trio and his award-winning chamber ensemble enhakē.  Before moving to Durango in 2005, Dr. Garst was a faculty member for 25 years at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she taught piano, harpsichord and keyboard ensembles, performed in recitals, and served as Keyboard Studies Coordinator.

John O’Neal joined the music faculty at the college in 2014 where he teaches percussion and jazz band.  He previously taught at the University of Texas-Tyler and was a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas.  He has performed throughout the U.S.A. and Europe and will present the third recital on Feb. 12, 2016, featuring music for keyboard percussion instruments.

The Southwest Piano Trio consisting of Kay Newnam, violin, Joanna de Keyser, cello, and Marilyn Garst, piano, will conclude the series on April 15, 2016, with masterworks from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.  Kay served as Concertmaster and violin soloist of the Orchestra of Santa Fe and has been a member of the Ensemble of Santa Fe.  A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, she also is a member of the San Juan Symphony.  Joanna is professor emerita at the University of New Mexico.  She was a medal winner in the Geneva International Competition and has performed throughout the U.S.A., Europe and Mexico.  During the summers, she frequently performed and taught at the Summer Music Academy in Seoul, Korea.

 Please click on the link to the Recital Series brochure at the bottom of this page for specific information about the programs and tickets for these events.


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.