Kris graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2004. She has over 13 years of formal music education practice and 20 years of professional singing experience. Kris was previously the Music Director at UUCS from 2008 – 2017. After taking time to start a family, Kris returns to UUCS ready to bring years of knowledge and even more energy.
Kris has two international championships in Barbershop quartet singing through Harmony Incorporated. She sings professionally as both a caroler and as a member of Snowday, an a cappella group that mostly focuses on education and teaching confidence and teamwork through singing.
Kris is also a multi-talented musician, playing piano, saxophone, bass guitar and Ukulele as well. She is a mom of 2 beautiful kids and a wife to Rob. She loves having a home here at UUCS where her WHOLE family feels welcome and supported. Kris’s hopes for the music program at UUSC is that all who come, find a place. That could be in the band, in the choir, or an active participant in the music made at Sunday service. She believes that music fills the spaces where words fail. It can transport you to a new place or provide a foundation to stand on. It can speak to the masses or touch one single heart.
“If music be the food of love…sing on” Shakespeare.
Jenny Wolfer joined the UUCS staff as office administrator in 2019 and is excited to be here. She additionally is a professional potter and runs the local nonprofit Loudoun Empty Bowls.
Newly an empty-nester with two daughters in college, Jenny enjoys eating delicious food, going on walks with her husband and two dogs, and designing computer games.
Rachael started attending UUCS with her family when she was about ten years old, and grew up in the congregation. She was an active member of the high school youth group, and later was a Youth Advisor before becoming the RE Coordinator this year. When she is not at church, Rachael works at a public library and cares for her eleven pets at home.
I am the piano accompanist for the Choir and the Sunday Services. I also accompany soloists and instrumentalists when needed.
When I was seven, in a small town in Kentucky, my mother woke me one summer morning and said to me, “Get up Mary, you have a piano lesson this morning.” I replied, “But we don’t have a piano.” She told me that my grandmother said there was no one to play the piano for our little town church and I should learn and I could practice on the antique pump organ that was in my grandfather’s antique shop down the street… thus began my career as a church pianist.
I believe music is one of the true equalizers in life. It can be heard by all types of people of different cultures, social, religious & economic levels, and enjoyed equally by all, with each giving to the piece their own interpretation, spanning all emotional levels. To be able to perhaps give someone that opportunity to go where they may have never gone before, in turn, gives it back to me. So, I feel I am the richest person on earth when I play the piano for others.
As a member of the UUCS staff, I hope to be able to help make the church and choir music experience a richer experience for all, enhancing what others already give.
I have dedicated over 15 years to doing what I love to do. I have had the great privilege of teaching in classrooms and tutoring children privately. Children are our future, and it is such an honor to have the opportunity to guide them on their journey. I am committed to helping children prepare themselves for their future by developing good character, self awareness, social tolerance, positive work habits and Academic success. To prepare myself for this responsibility I acquired a BS from Clark University in Worcester Ma. with a major in Child Psychology and obtained an Early Childhood Credential from NO. Virginia Montessori Institute.