It’s a new season of fun, activities, and music at Desert Skies UMC, and we have been planning for several events that you definitely don’t want to miss this year! As we look ahead, we will be celebrating the return of all of our Winter Residents with a Welcome Back Potluck Lunch on October 20th. What a great way to reconnect with all of our faith community friends!
The Ring and Sing children have begun to get acquainted with the chimes and we are all looking forward to hearing them play at the end of October.
Youth Handbells will begin rehearsing on November 3rd for the Advent Season. We are very fortunate to have so many talented young people to be able to form a Youth Handbell Choir. They will be playing at several services between Advent and Easter.
The Adult Handbells have already begun rehearsing for the Fall season and we can look forward to hearing them play during our Sunday Services once a month.
The Choir has also begun to prepare for a great season. On December 7th the choir will once again present an evening of music and fun for all ages with the Christmas Dinner and Concert. This is an event that you don’t want to miss because it not only features the choir singing, but it includes several of our church youth musicians playing or singing with the orchestra or choir and/or playing a familiar Christmas tune on their instrument. The theme this year will be “Angels Among Us”. So, plan on joining us for an evening of great food, fun fellowship, and beautiful music. Tickets will go on sale November 10th.
Our Advent Season begins on December 1st and we are maintaining the theme of “Angels Among Us”. The Choir, Brass quintet, and Handbell Choirs will all be chiming in to the season’s favorite music selections. Be sure to plan on attending church during the month of December to hear both old and new Advent songs and familiar tunes.
If you are interested in being a part of the music program at Desert Skies UMC., please contact Doc Shawn.
Dr. Shawn earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Alaska; a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Calgary, Canada; and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Arizona.
For several years “Doc” combined his talent as a performer and a touring artist for the Artist in Schools Residency Program in Alberta and established a successful musical theatreprogram throughout Western Canada and Alaska. After several years of traveling, he began teaching as a music specialist for the Calgary Board of Education. During this period of time he was also the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Savridi Singers, Calgary’s Premier Women’s Choir, as well as a festival adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician for choirs and bands in and around Western Canada.
In 2006, he was offered a position to teach at the prestigious St. Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson, Arizona. After seven years of teaching in the private sector, he transferred to the Tucson Unified School District for four years for the opportunity to teach the more under-privileged children in southwest Arizona.
After twenty-five years in the education field, “Doc”, retired from teaching and presently works as the Director of Music and Congregational Care at Desert Skies United Methodist Church in Tucson, Arizona.