‘Heart Songs & Circle Songs’ is a sheet music collection of 37 chants, rounds, and songs of peace, empowerment, wonder, joy, and community from singer-songwriters Heather Pierson and Bernice Martin. The songs are intended for community sing groups, hospice choirs, churches, schools, and anywhere that the ideals of harmony and unity may take hold. This collection includes songs from Heather’s deep catalog of CD releases as well as 20 brand new songs from both Pierson and Martin, most notably, Pierson’s two honorable mentions in the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network’s 2018 Silliman Congregational Song Competition, ‘I Am Finding My Way Back To Now’ and ‘What I Need.’ This collection of 20 new songs is available on the companion ‘Heart Songs & Circle Songs’ CD. Both are available for purchase at www.heatherpierson.com/store.
‘Heart Songs & Circle Songs’ is also more than a songbook and CD. It is an ongoing interactive project to bring those ideals of harmony and community into the world. In worship service, workshop, or concert format, Heather and Bernice are available to bring this work into churches, schools, homes, and community centers. A preview of this work can be found here:
Heather Pierson is a pianist, singer-songwriter, and performer who frequently tours throughout the United States both as a solo artist and with her acoustic trio. She has released twelve CDs of her original music, ranging in style from folk to jazz to vocal chants. From 2003 to 2019, she was the music director of the First Universalist Church of Norway, Maine. In addition to her performance schedule, Heather is available to lead community singing workshops and group meditation with music. She lives in Conway, New Hampshire. You can reach her through her website: www.heatherpierson.com.
Bernice Martin is an ordained minister, singer-songwriter and licensed massage therapist. She is founder of Voices In The Silence, a multi-faith contemplative worship series. Bernice was ordained at the First Universalist Church of Norway, Maine in May of 2016. She preaches regularly at churches throughout Maine and New England and is active in her local hospice choir and community singing circle in Western Maine. As an experiential educator, Bernice has worked in a variety of settings with groups and individuals across the lifespan. In addition to the Heart Songs & Circle Songs services she is available for Sunday morning pulpit supply, spiritual retreats and workshops and Voices in the Silence contemplative worship services. She can be contacted through her website: www.bernicemartin.me.
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On Tuesday, June 9 at 7 p.m., Heather and Bernice will hold their first Heart Songs & Circle Songs community sing on Zoom. The intention is to teach and share their songs with any and all who would like to join them, in the hopes of planting the seeds of community, unity, joy, and peace in as many hearts as possible. No experience is necessary, only a love of singing and a desire to connect with others around that same love. Everyone is welcome!
To start, they will host this online gathering every other week. If you’d like to be a part of building this new community, join in on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at this link:
Meeting ID: 829 9014 3412