Richard Heckman, Organist 1985-1989
Mary Breuer, Director of Music 1988-2012
Derek Gordon, Organist 1989-
There are many highlights in the LAUMC music program in the
In 1980, a concert “Go Out with Joy” was presented by the Adult
and Youth Choirs under the direction of Marc Clemens and Mary Breuer.
In 1981 our marvelous Sanctuary piano was given to the church by
Robert and Virginia Avery. John Ranney and Jon Martin were both influential in
obtaining the 1905 Concert Grand Steinway Piano, Model C. A dedication concert
was given on Feb. 22 by John Ranney.
Jan. 17, 1982, the Youth Choir, under the direction of Mary
Breuer, presented the musical, The Witness, with youth members providing
instrumental accompaniment, solos, and choir.
December, 1982, Marc Clemens and the Adult Choir presented The
Hanging of the Greens.
Feb. 6, 1983, a Brahms chamber music concert was given featuring
a solo quartet of Mary Breuer, Billie Southern, Frank Allen, and Marc Clemens.
June 29, 1983, our outstanding Director of Music and bass
soloist extraordinaire, Marc Clemens, gave a recital of Spirituals.
March 6, 1984, the Adult Choir presented Peaceable Kingdom by
In December, 1987 Marc Clemens directed his last big concert
before his passings. The Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah was presented.
In the summer of 1988, the Adult Choir, under the direction of
Mary Breuer and the Handbell Choir presented a well-received Pops Concert.
In 1988, the Sanctuary Choir began its annual Fall Retreat which
for many years was held at the Breuer’s mountain cabin in Arrowbear.
The Fauré Requiem was presented by the Sanctuary Choir.
One of the biggest events, which established a choir tradition,
was the first concert tour to Europe. Under the direction of Mary Breuer,
music; and Jan Kussler, travel agent and soprano in our choir; with John Ranney
returning as our tour accompanist; the Sanctuary Choir set out for a five
concert tour to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.