Music Ministry

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 third Wednesday of each month at 3:45 pm in Fenn Chapel. Contact Carol Harden at 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, YOU?!

Choir Notes

Choir director Lucy Tenenbaum
Choir director Lucy Tenenbaum

The choir is growing in numbers and skills, and wants YOU to join if you can come to Wednesday night rehearsals from 5:45 to 7:15 pm. We also meet at 9 am on three Sunday mornings per month to put final touches on that day’s anthem, and continue to look ahead to upcoming Sundays. The Choir season runs from Sept through June. We take the summer off.  We open and close the choir season with Pot Lucks.  New members are welcome anytime! Contact me at to let me know if you’re coming so I can have a folder ready for you.

Consider making this your year to join the CVUUS choir. It’s a wonderful and supportive group of folks. All are welcome!

September 4 is first rehearsal on site 5:45-7:15 and ALL ARE WELCOME !! Come one come all for the start of choir season.

Choir on the West SideWe are starting off with a BANG with Jason Shelton’s We Bid You Welcome from his 2018 Cycle of Song. Then Si Kahn’s music arranged by Peter Amidon, Here Is My Home, exploring our need for each other and our promise to one another to hold a safe space. Our last anthem of September is Show Us How to Love by Mark Miller from the Music Ministry Conference I went to in July in Denver. All of these are part of this year’s theme, exploring the 7 principles, with September being the month to look at where, why, and how the principles came to being.

Lucy Tenenbaum, CVUUS Choir Director

Kate Gridley and Chuck Miller, Accompanists

P.S.–Remember, everything can be said with a song!!

Coffee House for All Ages

Save the date and get your act together Fri. Oct. 25, 7–9 pm for the first of a series of CVUUS Coffee Houses for All Ages. Come to perform (music, spoken word, theater, magic, juggling,…) and/or to listen, watch, snack, and enjoy.  Look for more details in the October newsletter, followed by sign-ups for performers in early October.

Seeking Body Percussionists

Theresa Gleason will lead the Oct 6 worship service “There are No Others” where we explore the meaning and necessity of service in our lives through the lens of two individuals she will interview as part of the service. Dr. Linn Larsen, a local physician, has volunteered for two decades at the Open Door Clinic in Middlebury and earlier this summer spent a ten-day vacation providing essential health services to migrants in Tucson Arizona. Middlebury social worker, Thomas Jackson (with the fabulous translating skills of Jordan Young), facilitated a mind body medicine skills group for migrant workers which met for 2 hours every week over a nine week period this past winter. Gloria Estela Gonzales Zenteno is our story teller for Time for All Ages. Poppy Rees will be singing the Moira Smiley song, Refugee. We are putting together a women’s choir to sing the Moira Smiley arrangement of Bring Me Little Water Sylvie, with body percussion. Theresa hopes that many other women (or those who can sing SSAA) will join us for this amazing song. If you have friends who sing and think they might like to join us, ask them to contact Theresa at