Solo Singing

for Memorial Services

I have a lot of experience singing for folks who are grieving. It is some of the most meaningful singing that I do.

You make a sad day
so beautiful with your blessings in song.

– Rev. Michelle Favreault

Congregational singing at a memorial can be profoundly healing. Many people are better able to sing when they know they’re not the only one. Singing together can help everyone feel better.

Here is an incomplete list of songs that work well in a memorial service, with or without accompaniment.

If you’d like me to sing at your loved one’s memorial, please call 510 552-8160. I’m happy to provide references and to talk about which songs will work best for your family.


for Liturgical Dance

Words of Hildegard von Bingen sung to an old American tune on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, danced by Roger Dillahunty.
Live, unedited, not perfect, moving enough.

I am that great and fiery force sparkling in everything that lives; 
in shining of the river’s course, in greening grass that glory gives.

I shine in glitter on the seas, in burning sun, in moon and stars. 
In Unseen wind, in verdant trees I breathe within, both near and far.

And where I breathe there is no death, and meadows glow with beauties rife. 
I am in all, the spirit’s breath, the thundered word, for I am Life.

for Fun

an incomplete list of songs and arias I’ve sung in public lately (2013-14)…

W. A. Mozart
Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro
Laudate Dominum

G.F. Handel
V’adoro, pupile
Come Unto Him
I Know that my Redeemer Liveth

Franz Schubert – Ave Maria
John Alden Carpenter – The Sleep that Flits on Baby’s Eyes
Harold Arlen – A Sleepin’ Bee, Ain’t it the Truth, Accentuate the Positive
Lee Hoiby – The Shepherd and The Lamb
Stephen Flaherty – Come Down from the Tree
Jason Robert Brown – Stars and the Moon
Stephen Schwartz – The Meadowlark