Music Director – Beth Dion

I am so pleased and honored to once again hold the position of Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden. Many of you already know me from my previous time as Music Director here from November 2005 through June 2016, but for those of you who don’t I’ll tell you a little about myself.

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.

Accompanist – Jared Jaccard

Jared has been studying and playing classical music for more than thirty years. As a teen, he took top prizes in state and regional piano competitions. Some years later he was awarded a full scholarship to major in Piano Performance at Weber State University, during which time he performed as a Soloist with the Weber State Symphony Orchestra. Jared brings to us his experience as a piano teacher, piano tuner, and accompanist, as well as a gift for improvising, composing and arranging music. He also happens to be a really nice guy.

Choir of Commitment

The UUCO Choir of Commitment is open to members and friends age 12 and above. Rehearsals are held every Sunday morning from 9:00am – 10:15am in the East wing Chapel. New members will be led through a brief vocalization exercise to determine skill level and vocal range and are welcome to join at any time of the year. Contact our Music Director, Beth Dion, via email atuucomusic@gmail.com , or by phone or text at 801-458-2616 for more information.