Laura Sandage, Sparks Choir Director, holds a BM in voice performance from UOP. Her work in Davis since 2001 includes songwriting, performing, recording, composing and directing. She has taught music and theater skills at all age levels, and has brought music and playful group process into camps, spiritual retreat settings, workshops, and worship. She currently sings with the Vocal Art Ensemble and directs the Free Range Singers. music[at]uudavis.org
Nancy Lower, Liturgist & Sparks Choir Accompanist, holds a BA in music from UC Davis and an MA from CSU Sacramento. She has taught at Sacramento City College for 35 years and has worked in church music programs for 25 years. A conductor, pianist, and singer, Nancy has been integral to our music program for over a decade. music[at]uudavis.org
Barbara Meixner, Juuliebells director, began ringing in Davis bell choirs in the 1980s, most recently with Norma Meyer’s four-octave bell and chime choir at Davis Community Church. Through a gift of the Estate of Julie Partansky, Barbara founded Juuliebells at UUCD in 2009. A Davis piano teacher, she earned BA and MA degrees in music from Mills College.
Lisa Oakes, 2011 Spirited Family Choir director, began Suzuki violin at the age of three and had childhood musical training in violin, flute, and piano. After a long break, she has resumed piano lessons as an adult. She has been a Spirited Worship piano accompanist, directed the 2009-10 children’s choir, and led the 2009 Spirited Family Choir.
Kyria Mills, Spirited Family Choir accompanist, minored in music (piano performance) at Hope College, Holland, Mich. An accompanist for voice lessons and children’s choirs since the 1980s, she has enjoyed accompanying our Youth and our Spirited Family Choirs for the past two years and the Willett Elementary Chorus since 2007.