|Morning Star Chenven is a singer/songwriter, poet and educator. Her work reflects the life of a mature woman, artist and mother. Her themes are many: love, life transitions, respect for the earth and all life, an honoring of Spirit. Her musical roots like in the worlds of classical and folk music. She is at home singing a jazz standard, a children’s song or a Civil Rights Anthem.In 1991 she produced a one woman show “One Woman’s Journey”, shown at universities, art centers, conferences and aired on local television. Her latest show ”Sing, Sister, Sing” explores women’s relationship to their bodies, their relationships, their communities.
Since 1992 she has been performing with her husband, Moonlight Davis in the musical group “Moonlight and Morning Star,” bringing her warm, evocative voice to the duo’s multi-cultural collaborations. Her Jewish and his African-American heritage come together in original song, spoken word/musical composition and renditions of traditional music. The couple is known for their rich harmonies and intimate performance style. They are frequently funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to perform at concert arenas, universities, schools and community events.
Morning Star currently directs the women’s community chorus ” Wings!” and the Wendell Community Chorus. She has taught courses on World Music and Music of Social Protest at Western New England College in Springfield, Ma.
Since 1980, she has facilitated workshops in all forms of creative expression and self-empowerment for people from ages 5 – 85. She has both accompanied dancers at five local universities and created improvisatory music for dancers since 1988.
Ms. Chenven has been certified by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Event and Residency Program.