Music Director – Beth Dion
I was born and raised in a suburb just south of Los Angeles. My musical training began before I can even consciously remember it because my mother and grandmother were both gifted vocalists; singing and harmonizing with family and friends are among my earliest memories. I began teaching myself guitar at age six and was hired for my first paid performance at age twelve. In high school I earned a place in the All Southern California Honors Choir and was also accepted as a touring member of The Young Americans, a the prestigious youth song and dance ensemble under the direction of Milton Anderson, founded in 1962 in Los Angeles and considered to be the nation’s first “show choir”. In my late teens and twenties I performed with many semi-pro and professional vocal ensembles, including a three year stint as a regular cast member at Tibbies Music Hall, a very popular dinner theater in Huntington Beach, California. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from many outstanding directors and vocal coaches, most notably the late Jane Skinner Hardester, a legend in the Southern California choral community and a founding member of the American Choral Directors Association.
I relocated from Los Angeles to Utah in 2000 with my husband David and our seven year old son Matthew, and our daughter Cora was born here in 2001. I attended my first service at UUCO in November 2002, and joined the choir after the service that very first day! I took over as the part-time volunteer Choir Director in November 2005. In 2006 the congregation voted to make room in the budget for a paid Music Director position and I was honored to accept the calling.
I made the hard decision to leave that position in June of 2016 because I was feeling the need to step away for awhile and explore a different path. Funny thing; it led me right back to UUCO. I am eternally thankful for the support and opportunities that have been (and continue to be) given to me by this congregation and community.