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Attention: After sending out the May 14th UUMA Weekly a good number of errors were found in the Virtual Choir Directions. The corrected directions are below (5/18)

Please submit your clip as soon as possible but no later than May 29 to allow time for editing.  DEADLINE Extended to June 1!! 


Dr. Zanaida Stewart Robles, Director


All Are Welcome!

UUMA Members,  LREDA members, AUUMM members, spouses and partners.

Dr. Zanaida Stewart Robles is a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion in music education, performance, and ministry. Authentic interpersonal connection and relationship-building are core principals of her teaching and performance methods. Born, raised, and educated in Southern California, she is in demand as a vocalist, conductor, clinician and adjudicator for competitions, festivals, and conferences related to choral and solo vocal music. As a performing arts instructor at Harvard-Westlake Upper School in Studio City, CA, Dr. Robles conducts the Chamber Singers, Jazz Singers, Bel Canto Treble Choir, and Wolverine Chorus for tenors and basses. She is also the director of music at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, CA where she oversees the Neighborhood Chorus, Neighborhood Bells, and the Neighborhood Youth Choir. She serves on the national board of the National Association of Negro Musicians and is chair of the board of directors of Tonality, a non-profit organization that promotes peace, unity, and social justice through choral music performance in Los Angeles. Her film and television credits as a session singer include “Glee,” “Tinkerbell: Pirate Fairy,” “Godzilla,” “Minions,” “Creed,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Venom,” “Smallfoot,” “Frozen 2,” and “Underwater.”


For the virtual choir piece, use this folder to store video recordings for "Come Sing a Song With Me." 

 Come Sing a Song With Me arr. ZR

Please see attached for the vocal score and guide track for the "Come Sing a Song with Me" Virtual choir arrangement. With these tools, all are invited to make a video of themselves singing this song for what we hope will be a beautiful virtual choir presentation during the 25/50 Worship and Service of the Living Tradition. Recordings should be a cappella - make sure you can't hear the accompaniment on your recording. I have no contact information for choir participants. So please share with GA choir members as you are able so that everyone who wants to can participate. Please note, we only need participants to sing the "congregation" part. 

Some things to remember when recording "Come Sing a Song with Me:"


  1. Record in front of a plain wall or other plain background.
  2. Wear plain, solid colors.
  3. As much as you can, record in a quiet space without fans or any other background noise.
  4. Make sure your face is brightly lit.
  5. Secure your camera in some way to minimize movement; don't hold in your hands, but either mount it or set it down.


  1. Turn your phone to silent so you won't be interrupted by a call or text.
  2. Connect your headphones to the device you're using to listen to the guide track
  3. Set up your camera (smart phone or other) so that it records horizontally and your face is in the center.
  4. Try to set your phone/recording device to create an MP4 in 720p (go to "settings" on your phone)
  5. Start recording on your phone/device FIRST, then press play on the guide track. When you hear the count in, please "clap" loudly on beat 4 so we can easily sync your video recording.
  6. Wait for 4 extra beats after the piece ends before you stop recording.
  7. Save your video and check to make sure you're satisfied with it before you upload it. It may take a few tries, so be patient!
  8. IMPORTANT! Label your video with you last name, first name, church, city and state. eg: "RoblesZanaida-NeighborhoodChurch-PasadenaCA"
  9. Upload your best video to the "Come Sing a Song with Me"  folder: 

 Come Sing a Song With Me arr. ZR


  1. Maintain good postural alignment and keep a smile in your voice for optimal tone
  2. Breathe efficiently to minimize gasping; release tension with each breath; make sure you're not clenching anything
  3. Make sure your headphones are plugged into your computer/listening device so you can hear the track while the phone/camera records your voice a cappella. 
  4. Check your recording before you send it to make sure there are no mistakes or strange sounds in the background; it needs to be a cappella
  5. Pure Vowels; avoid diphthongs; remember to sing "AW," in words like "might" "my," "mind."
  6. Make your diction crisp. Mean what you say.
  7. Don't worry! Your voice is wonderful! It doesn't need to be perfect. The key is passion over perfection. If you remember the points above and sing with feeling, then whatever you record and send will work just fine!

ADDITIONAL TIPS: Use the video (linked below) for your recording guide. You will see other tracks in the the Google drive, but please use only the video. 

The score that is linked at the bottom of this page is the correct one - again, there are other scores in the drive, but the one marked "Voice - 1" is the correct one to use.

The first part is a solo - your singing should begin in measure 35.

1. Singers of the Living Tradition

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Come Sing a Song With Me Video Guide Track Link Administration 5/28/2020
Come Sing a Song with me - Voice 1 PDF (71.42 KB) Administration 5/18/2020
Come Sing A Song With Me: Google Folder Resources Link Administration 5/14/2020

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