Music for a Wintry Afternoon

This year Puxantawny Phil did not see his shadow-much to the relief of the winter-weary. On Wednesday, February 2nd, the world’s most famous groundhog predicted an early spring.  Although we are already seeing sunshine and warmer temperatures, let’s face it, we are still in the throes of winter in Southwest Virginia, with spring seemingly still a long way off.  So what could be better than a little music to warm your soul and revive your spirit? On Sunday, February 13th, at 3:00 pm, come to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation for a special FREE concert, “Music for a Wintry Afternoon”.  Music Director, Goldie Terrell, and pianist, Jared Gibbs, will perform a concert of classical music for flute and piano. The program includes pieces by Bach, Fauré, Debussy, Godard, Beethoven, and an original composition by Jared. A reception will follow the concert, which is open to the public. Donations will be accepted with all proceeds going towards support of the music program at the UUC.

Goldie Terrell is music director at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Blacksburg.  She started playing music at the age of 4 when her family acquired a piano, and she took up flute at the age of 8.  Currently, she sings with the Blacksburg Master Chorale and performs often on flute, folk guitar and recorder.

Goldie earned an engineering degree from Rice University, where she also took classes at the Shepherd School of Music.  In addition, she holds a degree in computer science.  Mr. Atkins, band director at A&M Consolidated Schools, nurtured her early musical development, and Francile Bilyeu at VCU was her esteemed flute teacher.

In addition to music, Goldie enjoys hiking, sewing, canoeing, appliance and car repair, and gardening.  Her husband, daughter, and two puppies occupy much of her time.

Jared Gibbs earned a BA in music performance from Virginia Tech in 2004, where he studied with Mary Louise Hallauer and Chip McNeill.  After a brief stay in New York, during which he studied with Sal Mosca and John Esposito, Jared returned to Blacksburg and Virginia Tech, earning an MA in English in 2010.  He is currently employed as an Instructor of English at Virginia Tech, and he has served as the Blacksburg Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s pianist since 2007.

Jared lives in Christiansburg with his wife, Natalie, their English Setter, Hannah, and their incipient daughter, Caroline Kate.  Besides making music, reading, and writing, Jared enjoys woodworking (and not cutting off his fingers).

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the New River Valley (UUCNRV) was founded in 1956 and is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations(UUA). UUCNRV became members of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. early in 2010 after our reorganization opened up our membership to individuals and nonprofit groups sharing a common vision- that of working together for a better community.

UUCNRV is a welcoming Congregation –their doors are open to all people, regardless of their religious beliefs, political leanings, sexual orientation, or background. They believe that freedom of conscience is the core of true religion and that diversity of belief enlivens the congregation. As one of their forefathers noted, “we do not have to think alike to love alike.”

The newly expanded UUC building is a beautiful space for performances. The dream would be to “grow” this first concert into a series, using the venue for performances by a variety of local musicians, singers, etc., as well as a place for readings by local and visiting authors, poets and storytellers. This is in addition to the exhibits of works by local artists which are already displayed on a regular basis.

UUC Mission Statement

We are a caring and diverse community bringing spirit, love, justice, learning, and reason to our congregation and to the larger world.

The UUC Meeting House is at 1301 Gladewood Drive in Blacksburg, near the University Mall on Prices Fork Road. The phone number is (540) 552–9716.

If you are interested in exhibiting your art or performing in the UUC space please contact Lisa Evanylo at

For more information about The Unitarian Universalist Congregation please come along any Sunday for the 10am service or visit the website:

At the UUC there’s always a welcome smile for everyone!

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