At TVUUC, music is an integral part of our services. Our ensembles include the Sanctuary Choir, Chalice Singers, UU-Terns Children’s Choir, and special Holiday Choirs.
We also have many members of our congregation who pursue music as an avocation and who frequently participate in our services. Members of TVUUC have shared their gifts on the piano and organ, as well as stringed and brass instruments.
One of my goals as Music Director is to foster a strong sense of encouragement and appreciation of volunteerism to the music program of this church. The Sanctuary Choir is also a designated Small Group Ministry of TVUUC and a very welcoming group. I know this as a chorister, too. One of my first activities when I began visiting TVUUC in 2005 was to sing with the choir and I am pleased to working with them now as their director.
Our music programming is varied. We pursue music that speaks to us, both as a whole and as individuals. Whether it is the Tennessee Waltz or the old standard hymn, Be Still My Soul; Shaker melodies or contemporary anthems of UU composers; a Mozart Piano Trio, a fiddle tune or the Toreador Song of Bizet’s Carmen, our musicians and congregation embrace our music programming enthusiastically. In the past several months our guests have included regionally known performers on vocals, banjo, ukelele, organ and piano and we are enriched by their presence with us, and by a sense of supporting our local music culture.
I hope that you will contact me with any questions you might have about participating in our services, whether you are a guest or a long time member that is considering participating in the future.
There are many ways to be involved in the music program here at TVUUC. Below are some of the programs that are open to participation and volunteer support.
Choirs – Adults and Children
Sanctuary Choir – Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – This SATB ensemble is open to all volunteer singers and participates in Sunday services approximately twice a month. The Sanctuary Choir also participates in Christmas Eve, Easter and other events and services of the church as requested. The Sanctuary Choir prepares larger musical services and works during the calendar year. It is not required that choir members be able to read music. Childcare is availale during rehearsal and Sunday morning warmup. All are invited to join, and drop-ins are welcome at Wednesday rehearsals. Contact: Leslie Gengozian, Director of Music, Email or 865-523-4176.
UU-Turns Children’s Choir
Sunday Mornings, 10 am – The UU-Tern’s Children’s Choir meets every Sunday at 10 am in Room G, and all are welcome! No previous musical training required. Just come and join us as we: – Sing a variety of culturally diverse songs – Work on good singing technique – Explore instruments from percussion to strings – Perform in worship services several times a year Instruction –from singing to instrumental accompaniment — follows the National Standards of Music. Led by Ann Barber, certified Music Specialist in Knox County Schools and Certified Suzuki Teacher. Please drop-in on Sundays at 10 am if interested.
Every Sunday, also concerts and other special events – Team member arrives half an hour before the service. Set up microphones and computer to amplify and record service, sit in sound booth and make adjustments as needed. Export recorded service to MP3 player on computer. Put microphones away after final service and turn off system. One volunteer needed for each service (or both). Orientation and training to system gladly arranged.
Old Time Jam Band
First and Third Mondays of the month, 7:30 -9 PM – Bring your instrument to play “Slow Jam” together, learn tunes and work up toward performance speed. This group participates in services 3-5 times each year.
Monthly – Four to five committee members meet in support of the music program, discussing the needs of the church and the Director of Music. This committee is responsible for scheduling public concerts and Open Mic evenings.