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 online, and when possible again, 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 (choir director), Kate Gridley, Poppy Rees, Shannon LaRose, Richard Hopkins,  Chris Murphy, YOU?!

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!

Choir Rehearsal Online, Wed night at 5:45 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: 8023884347).

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

Choir director Lucy Tenenbaum
Choir director Lucy Tenenbaum

I am very sad and distressed to say the news about singing together in enclosed spaces is very bad. It won’t be safe to sing together as a choir until there’s a vaccine for COVID-19. I am hoping we can sing in duets and trios to pull together some “live” music for our service June 21. Please think about favorite hymns. Some we are allowed to use without hunting down copyright permissions, others take time to arrange for use.

I went back into our files to see which pieces were sung the most often. Even before I came, there were some favorites. I will be copying them in the next weeks to provide us with some other choices for “choir favorites”. There are also postings of newly trimmed choir anthems from the past in DropBox that you can listen to and decide if you think that recording is worth using as background music to visuals we might provide.

I am hoping you all will put on your thinking caps and be Worship Ministry Team associates for the final “choir” service of the season. What will happen next? I don’t think any of us know for sure. I do hope we can bring some singers together either outside or in a well-ventilated space where the singers feel comfortable sharing air for a short duration. We might be able to meet with Chuck in person, one or two of us at a time, especially if some of us stayed masked (for instance, I could mask, cause I’m not singing. Chuck could mask too.) Then one or two singers could stand far apart and produce sound in the space with the piano.

I don’t know if this is feasible or permitted. I don’t think we’ll take much of the service live, but we might ZOOM a portion of it.

Blessings. Hope to see you on ZOOM .

P.S.  Roses of thanks to Anne Christie for offering her Zoom account for choir’s use. Another Rose to Chuck Miller for trying to play piano for our rehearsal, and for being available to give accompaniment tracks with which other musicians can share their vocal or instrumental music and being available to help with recordings.

Visit the Choir’s online playlist


And our working dropbox 


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

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.