Our music ministry team explores the many ways to bring music into our lives. Last year we added drums to our ensemble and are exploring ways to incorporate percussion into our worship services and events, in addition to our prized grand piano and other instruments and choral options. The team meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 3:45 pm in Fenn Chapel. Contact Carol Harden at charden@utk.edu if you have ideas or want to join the team.

Music Ministry Team: Carol Harden (leader), Lucy Tenenbaum, Kate Gridley, Poppy Rees, Shannon LaRose, Richard Hopkins, Liam Greenwood, Chris Murphy, YOU?!

Choir Rehearsal Online, Wed night at 5:45 pm

From Anne Christie: Singing is our birthrite, plus a great release of stress and way to stay connected through this very odd and challenging time.   For all of us who would like, Lucy is holding virtual Choir rehearsal on Wednesdays.  Both Music and Zoom details are below.  The more the merrier, so invite other congregants by contacting Lucy or office@cvuus.org to add their name to our list!

5:30- 5:45: to get yourself signed in and visit.

5:45- 6:30: Less formal rehearsal with Lucy leading.  (It’s all an “experiment”)

Details of how to join:

One can Zoom on a Smartphone, iPad, Kindle, or Computer.  I’ll open the Zoom session (meeting room) 15 min. prior to our meeting time, so everyone can make sure they’re with us, hearing and seeing everything.  If you need or want to join by telephone, that could be possible.

To join the Zoom session, open the link , https://zoom.us/j/8023884347.  (Alternately, if you get the free Zoom App from the app store, Open the app, click JOIN, and enter the Meeting ID: 8023884347 (my home phone #)).

To add the sound, you will get the prompt to click: “Computer Audio”. IF you’re on a smart phone, after entering the meeting ID you may need to keep tapping # til you get in.

Please announce yourself when you’re in.  You may prefer the ‘Gallery View’, (at the top corner on my computer).

PLEASE phone me if you are having any problems getting into Zoom.  388-4347  (Better reception than texting my cell)


Choir Notes

Choir director Lucy Tenenbaum
Choir director Lucy Tenenbaum

Greetings from the sanctuary of my safe home. I am missing everyone in the choir so much as we shelter in place starting March 16. I don’t know what the immediate future holds for the CVUUS choir as far as anthems in services go. Our virtual service on March 15 went well the first Sunday we tried it, and Poppy sang in place of the choir (adding Poppy in is something we ought to incorporate into our services much more often IMHO!) Margy Levine Young sang alto harmony in the final congregational hymn, and it really sounded like a group, a choir of singers, not just Poppy as a soloist.

I think I can consult with the choir and maybe we can find one singer each week who can attend the very sparsely attended services and add some music. In the mean time Rev. Barnaby and I are sharing YouTube videos from composers like Elizabeth Alexander, who has opened all her recordings for use in worship services for the next 90 days.

It’s been suggested that we use this time apart to solidify our relationships to one another individually. So, choir members, go ahead and use the Church Member list to call your friends and chat to see how everyone’s doing and how we might help out. I suggest on Wednesdays at 5:45-7:15 we take some time to share our lives in some small ways. I’m working on Zoom meetings, but I gather they work best with only a few members, and don’t time out close enough to sing together.

Keep finding inspirational music on the Internet and share it with each other. Good music will lift our spirits and help us find our way through the difficulties of the moment. Keep on singing, stay safe, and bring music into your lives whenever possible. I’m around. Call or text me for some personal interaction! And our emails can be long threads that reach everyone.

Blessings, and much love,  Lucy

Visit the Choir’s online playlist


And our working dropbox 


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Choir on the West Side

Lucy Allen Tenenbaum, CVUUS choir director since November 2014, graduated with a BA in Music from Skidmore College in 1999, and from the University of Kansas with a Master of Music Education in Choral Pedagogy in 2014. She studied voice at Boston University in 1972-73, in Freiburgh Germany at the Freiburg Musicalishes Hochschule in 1974-75, and from various private teachers over the years. She teaches voice at Castleton University, at her home studio in Rutland, and at CVUUS before choir on Wednesdays. Since 1999, she has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of Ladies’ Night Women’s Chorus, a Rutland County community chorus. She has made a living as a piano tuner-technician since graduating from a 10 month course at North Bennet St. Industrial School Department of Stringed Keyboard Instrument Technology in 1973. She lives with her husband Phil in Rutland. They enjoy having a local daughter and granddaughter, and other family and grandchildren in Laurel Maryland.When she’s not making music, she enjoys gardening, bird watching, mushroom and other wild edible foraging, reading and travel. You may contact her at; lucytunes@me.com 802-342-8348.