Christmas eve services

Sunday, December 24, 6pm and 8pm

UUSM welcomes all as we gather for candlelight services on Christmas Eve. At 6:00 pm, Music Director Dr. Zanaida Robles will conduct the adult choir.

Our traditional candlelight services will be led by our minister, Rev. Greg Ward, and the adult choir is led by Music Director Dr. Zanaida Robles. There will be stories, carols and music to draw us deeper into the truest meaning behind the original journey to Bethlehem. This moving service culminates in a candlelit singing of “Silent Night.”

Parking is provided at the UCLA structure for this special evening. Church website

All These Words Mean Happy Kwanzaa

Sunday, December 31, 11am

Kwanzaa was created in 1966 to offer Black Americans an alternative to the consumerism (and lack of capital returning to Black communities) found at Christmas. Research for the holiday was partially provided by our Unitarian Universalist Association through a fund created to support Black Empowerment. Join Gregory C. Carrow-Boyd for a lively musical dialogue on the meaning of Kwanzaa in Unitarian Universalism and its significance to Black Unitarian Universalists.  Church website

Put Your Guns Down: Reprise — Tonality Choral Spectrum

Sunday, January 7, 7pm

This is a free event put on by the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.  Please feel free to show up, open seating.  Ensemble website  Church website

Recent highlights

Street Symphony:  Project Messiah

Friday, December 8, 2017, 2pm
Initiated by a California Arts Council grant in 2015, the Messiah Project is an annual community sing-along celebration held at The Midnight Mission in Skid Row. This culminating yearly event is presented after a series of free community workshops held throughout Skid Row. The Messiah Project presents excerpts of Handel’s beloved Messiah alongside works commissioned for and created by members of the Skid Row community, with community members as soloists, choristers and participants alongside Street Symphony musicians from the LA Philharmonic, LA Master Chorale and Colburn School. Get more information and volunteer through the Street Symphony website!

Scholarship applications accepted

Through Friday, December 1, 2017

The National Association of Negro Musicians is accepting applications for the GRGIII Alice Bugg Scholarship Showcase (ages 8-18; all instruments and voices) and the NANM National Scholarship: Local Preliminary Competition (ages 18-30; woodwinds, brass and percussion). For more information, contact Dr. Zanaida Robles or visit

“Karitas Habundat”

Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30pm
Dr. Robles makes her conducting debut with the Harvard-Westlake Upper School Chamber Singers, Jazz Singers, Bel Canto Women’s Chorus, and Wolverine Men’s Chorus. Hear ancient songs, familiar tunes and poignant words about the radiant love that surrounds us and waits to be born within us.  The concert takes place at Immanuel Lutheran Church, North Hollywood. Church website   Map & directions


Church Service

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 11am
Dr. Robles conducts the 23rd Psalm by Bobby McFerrin.  Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica. Visit the church website

Branch Meeting

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 2pm
A meeting of the GRG Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians takes place at the home of Zanaida Robles.

Remembrance Vespers

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 7:30pm
Dr. Robles conducts selections from the Mozart Requiem, K. 626.  Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica. Visit the church website

CSULB Chamber and University Choirs

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8pm
Los Altos Methodist Church, Long Beach

Dr. Jonathan Talberg conducts a program that includes my arrangement of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.”
Event information

 Branch Meeting and Election Day

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 2pm
Throop Unitarian Church, Pasadena

George Robert Garner Branch III
National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM)
I’ve been nominated for branch president. If elected, I will work to improve NANM’s visibility as a vibrant non-profit arts organization in the San Gabriel Valley. 

Ingathering at Santa Monica Unitarian Universalist Church

September 24, 2017 — 10am

We celebrate the official start of the program year and welcome our new minister, Greg Ward.  Zanaida will be conducting “Walk in Jerusalem”, arranged by Rollo Dilworth, with the UUCCSM Sanctuary Choir at both the 9am and the 11am services.  Website

CCDA Regional Conference — Sacred Music Reading Session

September 9, 2017 — 10am

Join Zanaida at Cal State Fullerton during a Sacred Music reading session, in which we will explore a variety of music including work suitable for use in non-denominational sacred spaces.  Website

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Sunday

September 3, 2017 — 10am

Come to the 10 am service featuring music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Following the service will be a light reception upstairs in the choir room to celebrate the accomplishments of the Coleridge-Taylor Project and look ahead to future recordings and performances related to the exploration of music by composers of African descent.  More about Coleridge-Taylor

“Lifted Voices”

July 9, 2017 — 10am

Dr. Zanaida Robles will preach a sermon on “Lifted Voices: Singing as Direct Action for Unification and Change.”  We use our voices as channels for connecting to the spiritual power within and around us. Our singing voices have worth not because they are “beautiful” or “skillful,” but because each voice is unique and has the power to touch hearts and minds.  Visit the church’s website

Janáček and Stravinsky

May 26-28, 2017

Part of the Bartók Cycle series, the LA Phil welcomes the LA Master Chorale as part of a program of 20th century masters.  The program also features celebrity pianist Yuja Wang, vocal and organ soloists.   Get details and tickets here

A World of Music

June 10, 2017, 7pm

Please join us for a special night of singing and fellowship as we celebrate music from around the world. Afterwards, please join us in Forbes for desserts and refreshments. This is choir’s contribution to the general operating budget, suggested donation is $20, or pay what you can. Parking will be available at the UCLA lot. Website


June 17-22, 2017

The Los Angeles Master Chorale wraps up an incredible season with one of their most treasured projects:  Morten Lauridsen’s beloved Lux Aeterna. Three events, three formats. Pick the one that suits you, but don’t miss it.  Tickets

Route 66

June 24, 2017, 7pm

San Gabriel Valley Choral Company wraps up their season with a concert and silent auction, themed right in our own backyard.  This will be my last concert as artistic director of SGVCC.  Tickets are $15-20. Website

Drum Summit

May 20, 2017 – 8pm

I joined Jacaranda Music’s percussion ensemble (M.B. Gordy, leader) as well as soprano Holly Sedillos and organist Mark Alan Hilt for Steve Reich’s Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices & Organ and Drumming, for an exhilarating concert that won’t be forgotten.

“Wade in the Water”

April 30, 2017 – 7pm

This concert by the Los Angeles Master Chorale will include my arrangement of “Life Ev’ry Voice and Sing”, performed at the spectacular Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.  Concert info

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April 8, 2017 – 7:30pm

Concert by the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company, Monrovia CA.


March 26, 2017 – 7pm

Concert by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA.  Celebrate the 70th birthday of great American composer John Adams with a special performance of his most beloved opera choruses and one of his all-time favorite works that influenced him as a composer. Concert info

Our Voice, Our Call: Encore Presentation

March 25, 2017 – 7:30pm

Concert by Tonality at St. John’s Cathedral in Downtown LA. A choral concert to promote unity, peace, and social justice. This concert is an encore performance of the “Our Voice, Our Call” concert done in September featuring works by Reena Esmail, Ted Hearne, Nick Strimple, Alexander Lloyd Blake, Saunder Choi, Linda Tutas Haugen.  Concert info

Music Fundraiser with Leslie Beauvais

March 12, 2017 – 7:30pm

A special concert by fantastic and talented singer/songwriter Leslie Beauvais. All donations to this event will go to the church’s music fund, where I am proud to be the new music director. Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica