Unitarian Church honors Kay Hotchkiss

On Sunday, April 25, at 4 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a concert and reception in honor of Kay Hotchkiss. The event is called “Magnifi-Kay” because of the magnificent job Kay has done, not only as UU church organist for 50 years and UU church music director for more than 40 years, but also for her outstanding contributions throughout the community. She has also just celebrated her 80th birthday.

In addition to teaching music in the Rockford Public Schools, elementary and middle, plus orchestra and choral director at West High School, she also played cello in the Rockford Symphony and gave many, many piano lessons. She also served Mendelssohn Club as musical director of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” in 1993 at Maddox Theater.

Hotchkiss has served on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network and manages the Internet discussion list. She is a founding member of the American Guild of Organists’ Association local chapter and recently played Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” in concert (on the organ). Not one to ignore a challenge, Hotchkiss purchased a Macintosh computer in 1986 and has since notated music for choruses, bands, orchestras, and smaller ensembles. A recent honor for her was receiving the Starr of Excellence Award from the Mendelssohn Club.

The public is welcome to the afternoon’s concert and reception. Many local musicians will perform short pieces, and refreshments will be served. The Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., is just east and north of the intersection of Alpine Road and East State Street. RSVP to the church office at (815) 398-6322 is requested.

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