January 22, 2017, Emerson Choir, under the direction of Scott Rieker and accompanied by Christy Marshall, singing “Going Over Home,” arranged by Sonja Poorman:


 January 15, 2017, Paul Mahdavi-Bernstein performing “MLK” by U2.


These are the Sundays that the Emerson Choir performs at Sunday Services. The choir rehearses every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church.

January 8, 22

February 5, 19

March 5, 19

April 2, 16 (Easter Sunday), 30

May 14, 28

June 11, 25


Here are the details for the Triple Choir Swap:
Sunday, March 12, 2017
UU Church of Studio City
12355 Moorpark St.
Studio City, CA 91604
Call time: 8:35 am
Rehearsal: 8:45 – 9:45 am
Worship Service: 10:00 am
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
7304 Jordan Ave
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Rehearsal Call: 9:20 AM
Rehearsal: 9:30 AM
Worship Service: 10:30 AM
Sunday, April 23

First Unitarian Church of LA

2936 W 8th St (Parking available in underground lot directly on the east side of the church, or one block east in lot at corner of 8th and Westmoreland)

Los Angeles CA 90034

Call: 9:50

Rehearsal: 10:00

Service: 11:00


December 11, 2016, “The Old Folkies” presented “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen. The musicians are (left to right) Hap Palmer, Larry Swerdlove, Mia Forbes, and Sindy Swerdlove. Hear them in the video, below.
On October 16, 2016, “The Emersons,” consisting of Briana Bandy, Mia Forbes, Hap Palmer, and Rhonda Richard, performed “Glory Bound,” by Ruth Moody.  Hear them in the video, below:
“A Part, Not Apart” by Paul Mahdavi-Bernstein
On October 2, 2016, Paul Mahdavi-Bernstein performed his original song, “A Part, Not Apart” during the worship service. Watch his video, below.

Try-It-Out Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, September 11, 2016

12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Whether you sing in the Master Chorale or just in the shower, everyone is invited to a “Try It Out” choral immersion experience after the service on September 11. For 60 minutes, you will experience the actual process of a choral rehearsal and hopefully find that the Emerson Choir is a “good fit” for you. Contact Scott Rieker (scott@scottrieker.com) or a choir member for more details.


A Song in our Hearts

Music and the Arts are very important to the life of our congregation. We have a dedicated and enthusiastic adult choir, active in the fall, winter, and spring. During the summer and during services when the choir is not singing, our Sunday services include special music, much of it integrating the talents of other members of the congregation, many of whom are professional musicians. Our Special Music Committee arranges all special music programming.

Qawwali, a Form of Sufi Devotional Music

On Sunday, August 21, 2016, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church welcomed a group of local musicians into the Sanctuary to perform “Qawwali,” a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia: in the Punjab and Sindh regions of Pakistan; in Hyderabad, Delhi, and other parts of India, especially North India; as well as Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, and many parts of Bangladesh. It is part of a musical tradition that stretches back for more than 700 years.

The video below shows Sage Khan (voice) as well as several other family members performing. Sage Khan identifies the performers, as follows: “The other band members, from left to right, facing stage in the back row, Ayoub Sanwari my nephew (vocals, percussion, clapping), Zaeem Khan my son ( vocals, percussion, clapping), Shoeb Bhindarwala my nephew (vocals and clapping), and Shiraj Bhinderwala my cousin (vocals and clapping).  On tabla and in charge of all technical matters, my cousin Asif Ali.”