Markus was trained as a classical pianist in Germany before studying jazz on a scholarship at Berklee College of Music. In addition, he earned a Master’s degree in choral conducting from the Boston Conservatory. He also completed the three-year Music Leadership Certification program administered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in collaboration with the Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM).
Markus has conducted big bands, vocal ensembles, orchestras, rock groups, jazz combos, and over 80 musical theater productions, including a national tour of Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano. He has also lived in four countries, figured out the meaning of life, played keytar in a rock group while dressed in a neon pink jumpsuit, co-founded an opera company, and released two CDs of his piano compositions; his music has been featured on nationally syndicated German network radio and on the album le classique abstrait, published worldwide by Universal Music. Markus lives in West Orange with his wife, Laurice, their precocious daughter Beatrice, and two dogs of questionable heritage.
Markus has been serving the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair since 2012. He believes in the power of communal singing, dismantling white supremacy, and smashing the patriarchy.
On That Note
From Markus Grae-Hauck, Director of Music Ministries As of this writing, the presidential inauguration is still several days away. By...
On That Note
From Markus Grae-Hauck, Director of Music Ministries “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.” Most of us...
On That Note : Salvation
What comes to mind when you hear “salvation”? The first definition for that word on merriam-webster.com is “deliverance from the...
On That Note: Discomfort
Discomfort is an indication that I’m healing, improving my range of motion, getting better. Pain means something is wrong and I need to stop doing what I’m doing.
TranscendentJanuary 31, 2021
There are many ways of being in the world. How have you moved beyond the norms of what people have decided you should be?
Summoning Better Angels: An Inauguration ElegyJanuary 24, 2021
An exploration of the American Creed, those values our nation holds high and hopes to live into even though we have, and will again, fall short of their grandeur.
Love and PowerJanuary 17, 2021
Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is...
I’m Going to Get Through This YearJanuary 14, 2021
Rededicating the Temple of LibertyJanuary 14, 2021
How will we understand this time? How can our imagination compel a new beginning?
It Takes a VillageNovember 8, 2020
It takes a village to change a faith. Each of us is an integral part of our village. How will we work together to build a village in which everyone can live.
Touching PossibilityNovember 1, 2020
How do we, in these strange times remain in contact with possibility? This is a pre-election service.
Children Will ListenOctober 25, 2020
Explore the importance of what we say, what we remain silent about, and the impact that it has on our children.
The Religious LeftOctober 18, 2020
This is an auction sermon crafted with Rev Scott and auction winners David Lewis and Carolyn Burr.
From Isolation to InnovationOctober 11, 2020
Humble Before AllSeptember 27, 2020
A service of atonement in the midst of a pandemic – a chance to release the burden of excellence.
We Begin Again in LoveSeptember 20, 2020