Music Staff and Committee
Director of Music Ministry: Anne Watson Born is also the music director of the Nashoba Valley Chorale. For several years she was an adjunct professor at Roxbury Community College in Boston, and before that was an assistant professor at Bristol Community College. She was also the music director of the Brookline Chorus and the founding artistic director of the Women’s Chorus of Boston and the Avenue of the Arts Chorale. She is currently the Chair of the Music Leadership Certification Committee for the UUA, the Board Chair of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium, the Community Choirs Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Massachusetts ACDA chapter, the Director of Membership Development for the UU Musicians Network, and a District Liaison to the UUMN for Mass Bay. She is a Credentialed UU Music Leader. Ms. Watson Born holds a BA degree in music from University of the Pacific and a master’s degree in choral conducting from New England Conservatory. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and two obstreperous dogs, and visits her daughter in Boulder, CO as often as possible.
Music Director Emerita:
Roberta Berry Humez is a singer, conductor, pianist, and founding director emerita of Youth Pro Musica. An active member of UUMN, AGO, and ACDA, she serves on several music boards and civic arts enterprises. Since 1962 she has worked with a dozen organists and served under seven ministers in this society. Ms. Humez retired in 2007 and was named director emerita after serving the society for 45 years.
Organist: Carson Cooman is an American composer with a catalogue of works in many forms: ranging from solo instrumental pieces to operas, and from orchestral works to hymn tunes. He is in continual demand for new commissions, and his music has been performed on all six inhabited continents. As an active concert organist, Cooman specializes exclusively in the performance of new music. Over 130 new works have been composed for him by composers from around the world, and his performances of the work of contemporary composers can be heard on a number of CD recordings. For more information, visit www.carsoncooman.com.
RE Music Coordinator and Family Choir Director:
Ellie Foster began her time at FUSN in the autumn of 2015. With a degree in music therapy from Berklee College of Music, she focuses on using music to enhance creativity, support cooperation and tap into the inherent joy it brings to the children and families of FUSN. She can be seen around Boston performing with her band, The Dirty Dottys, or spending time on the squash court. Ellie currently lives in Jamaica Plain, MA.
Music Committee: The Music Committee works with the Music Director in support of the Society’s music programs; sets priorities for the music program; generates support for, and awareness of, music at FUSN; produces benefit concerts, the FUSN Musicians concert, and other special events. We welcome newcomers!