Our music ministry team explores the many ways to bring music into our lives using our prized grand piano, drum set, other instruments and choral options. They’ve hosted contra dances, coffee houses and concerts in addition to enriching worship services. Contact Carol Harden at charden@utk.edu if you have ideas or want to join the team. We’re paying close attention to latest guidance on singing and playing instruments at CVUUS. Please follow these: Singing and Playing Instruments in Sanctuary 9.9.20

Staffing Update: With Kate Gridley retiring after 20 years of serving as an accompanist and her fellow accompanist Chuck Miller hoping to return to Florida during future winters, as well as uncertainty about what the pandemic will allow us to do with group singing and choir music, there is broad agreement among the congregation’s lay leaders and Rev. Barnaby that the time has come to revisit the longstanding issue of whether CVUUS should try to consolidate our paid music jobs into a single music director position. More here.

Music Ministry Team: Carol Harden (leader),  Poppy Rees, Sherman LaRose, Chris Murphy, YOU?! Here are Carol and Sherman playing Dennis Murphy and Sean Ryan’s polkas outside at CVUUS. These are the two tunes featured in the third class party scene in the movie Titanic, otherwise referred to as the Titanic Set. https://www.facebook.com/CVUUSVT/videos/259169775377870

Here are a few other music links to lift you during these uncertain times.

Bound to Love, Spirit of Justice

CVUUS Choir offered us songs composed by Amanda Udis-Kessler, a long time UU composer who invites us to share her music widely via her website queersacredmusic.com. https://www.facebook.com/lucytune/videos/10160691614827678 https://www.facebook.com/lucytune/videos/10160708012312678

How Sweet the Darkness of the Falling Leaf Moon

Liam Greenwood was inspired to create this piano recording accompanied by falling leaves along and on Otter Creek. Watch here.

Hope Lingers On

Look at what some CVUUS congregants have created with other Middlebury Community Chorus members https://youtu.be/cagvRHdMNXg

Lo How a Rose

CVUUS Choir at holiday time. https://www.facebook.com/lucytune/videos/10160783516697678

We Are

Look at what the UUA General Assembly created for online worship. Listen to We Are performed by Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell and the UUA General Assembly 2020 virtual choir and Tomorrow. Expand it to full screen for full effect!

Wake Now My Senses

An old Irish melody with lyrics by Rev. Thomas Mikelson, a UU minister who died earlier this year. It’s often sung at the installation of ministers at a congregation or at ordinations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojptYH9yqFs

Just As Long As I Have Breath

A 17th century tune with words by Alicia Carpenter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFGQA1Iw4HQ

Blessed Spirit of My Life

Starts out the same way and then turns another direction — a hymn looking back at what is a well-lived life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOKyNZyC0Ss

A Fierce Unrest

The least sung hymn in this list. Another old tune (1815) but with atheist lyrics by the 20th century writer Don Maquis.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wepC6-JGlgU

Let It Be a Dance

Troubadour UU minister Ric Masten’s one famous song regularly makes the favorite and most hated lists among UU’s (the latter, usually, in congregations where it has been sung to death): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zv6dxVOn1A

We Laugh, We Cry

Just the first verse here of the four …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQMgNJBZVFk.

We Would Be One

One of several hymns written to the Finnish composer Sibelius’s tune “Finlandia”.

Though I May Speak With Bravest Fire

Modern lyrics based on Biblical text to an old English tune called “Gift of Love” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXSI8krPwx0

Spirit of Life

At All Souls in Washington DC, they sing it in Spanish first. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LikvoIiN_bU

Choir Small Group Ministry Online, Wed nights 5:30 pm

Lucy held virtual Choir gatherings on Wednesdays during our COVID pandemic.

Visit the Choir’s online playlist


And our working dropbox 


Listen to this sample of Chuck Miller’s wonderful postludes:

Listen to the choir favorites worship service:

Choir Favorites: It’s All about Love. Lucy Tenenbaum, Choir Dir., led us in celebrating our favorite worship songs and launching our summer Spirituality and the Arts worship services. Watch the Preservice Photo Montage celebrating Choir Dir. Lucy Tenenbaum’s years at CVUUS with Chuck Miller’s original music. More here. (June 20, 2021)

Watch Community Is the Heart of Choir Worship Service here a special choir service of wonderful new recordings of favorite songs and shared past recordings.

When Will It Be Safe to Sing Together Again?

Our Former Choir Director

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 or visit her website http://www.lucyallenpianoservice.com/. She is happy to give you voice lessons online.