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

POSTPONED!  CVUUS Zoom Coffee House  School, sports, the election, pleasant weather for outdoor activities, this lovely, fleeting autumn, and the general uptick in the pace of things have caused us to postpone the ZUUM Coffeehouse planned for Oct 9 to a later time.  Keep working on your performances.  We hope to reschedule sometime in the deep of winter.

Music Ministry Team: Carol Harden (leader), Lucy Tenenbaum (choir director), Kate Gridley, Poppy Rees, Shannon LaRose, Richard Hopkins,  Chris Murphy, YOU?! Here are Carol and Shannon 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.

Music! Music! Live Music, watch the video.Here is Carol and Shannon 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.

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

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

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 holds virtual Choir gatherings on Wednesdays, except for July.  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.

To join the Zoom session, open the link https://zoom.us/j/96889818147 (Alternately, if you get the free Zoom App from the app store, Open the app, click JOIN, and enter the Meeting ID: 96889818147).

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).

Visit the Choir’s online playlist


And our working dropbox 


Choir Notes

Greetings and Salutations dear CVUUS friends of music. The choir has been meeting weekly in community and song. It’s not like being together to sing, and I get that. I really appreciate all the faithful choir members who still attend, and make the effort to sing for the recordings we’ve been making. Believe me, I know how less than satisfying that all is. Thanks go out especially to Eric Maier who is our Engineer, and to Chuck Miller whose piano recordings for the singers have made all the difference in our  ability to learn the music. It’s a lot of extra work for Chuck, and the choir really appreciates that he CAN and WILL do this work for us. How we all miss the Sanctuary,  singing with Kate at the piano, singing at services for y’all. Ohh myyy.

But, as we continue making silk purses (from our mole’s ears) we will bring another Choir Anthem to share at the worship service November 18. It’s the wonderful text by John Greenleaf Whittier, set (with some textual changes, as you would expect a UU composer to do….) by a UU favorite composer, Elizabeth Alexander, Immortal Love. Here’s the text of the song:

Immortal love, forever full, forever flowing free.

Forever shared, forever whole, a never-ending sea.
Our outward lips confess the name all other names above,
but love alone knows whence it came and comprehendeth love.
Blow winds of love, awake and blow the mists of hate away,
Sing out, O Truth divine, and tell how wide and far we stray.
The letter fails, the systems fall, and every symbol wanes;
The Spirit overseeing all, Eternal Love, remains.

Choir meets every Wednesday except Nov. 25, from 5:30 to 6:30. We’ll be singing along with some Christmas Carols when our Immortal Love recording is done. I’m trying to find ways to let singers join in and feel like they’re singing with a choir, with harmony, with people singing your part…I’m still     trying, come check it out anytime. We miss you, choir folks who are taking time off. And, congregants who sing, your support at this time would be heartening.

The choir is preparing one anthem for each upcoming month. Maybe 2 for  December…for Christmas. The recordings can be made during our rehearsal time (Wednesdays 5:30-6:30) (Zoom in at https://zoom.us/j/96889818147) All you need is a computer with some band-width, headphones or earbuds, and a  recording device. I use my iPhone, VoiceMemos. then I send the recording to our drop box https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3shv8o2s864xtq7/AADRJPE5HLiqOBqcb8yitb-ea?dl=0 or Google Docs           folder https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BjAfXK3_2xyplQ_wJNnOrh6-8HnqaU1z?usp=sharing

I miss all you folks, and hope you will come say hi some Wednesday. Or, I hope to catch you at Sunday Services. I host the Coffee Hour post-service a couple times a month. Stay in touch with me via email, lucytunes@me.com, or on the choir FB page, https://www.facebook.com/CVUUSCHOIR  Lucy Tenenbaum, CVUUS Choir Director

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

Listen to the choir favorites worship service:

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.

Join a large congregation in Colorado of a music-centered Vesper service offered every Wednesday evening at 9 pm EST at Evensong Service Online.

When Will It Be Safe to Sing Together Again?

Our 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.

Our Musical Accompanists

Kate Gridley, Musical AccompanistKate Gridley

Kate accompanies our Sunday services rotating with Chuck Miller. In addition to her work as an accompanist, Kate is  professional painter. More about Kate Gridley.

Chuck Miller, Musical Accompanist
Chuck Miller, Musical Accompanist

Chuck Miller

Chuck accompanies our Sunday services rotating with Kate Gridley. He taught music for decades at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury. He is known for his jazz band and playing. Listen to one of his jazz worship services: https://www.cvuus.org/services/jazz-service/ He is happy to help you record music for online viewing.