S01E13 – Beth Norton and the Sound of Vulnerability


Programming Note: If you were expecting this last week, you weren’t wrong… I had some non-technical issues that caused a delay. But with this episode, we’ll be back on track for alternate Thursdays through May. Yes, I’ll be taking a summer break – be warned – but the Worship Whisperer will come back for Season Two in late August.


In this episode, I chat with Beth Norton, music director at First Parish UU in Concord, Massachusetts. We had a wonderful time talking, about singing congregations, the Association for UU Music Ministries, things they don’t teach you in music school, and the Concord Music Book.



Beth Norton has been Music Director at First Parish since 1994. Beth believes in the power of music to express what is beyond words, to deepen our spiritual experience and to build community. As a singer, conductor, violinist and folk musician, Beth enjoys making music in a wide variety of styles with people of all ages and abilities. She received her BA in Music from Smith College and her MM in Choral Conducting from the Hartt School of Music. Beth has served as the president of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (now the Association for UU Music Ministries), the professional organization for UU musicians and remains an active member.