Phil Renkert

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Name:  Philip Renkert

Nickname: Jolly Rancher

From: Buffalo, WY

Year: 2nd

Major: Mechanical Engineering 

Voice Part: Tenor/Bass

Favorite CHoosE song: Purge Me by Urban Doxology and It is Well by David Dunn

Favorite Bible Verse:  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24

Likes: The great outdoors, photography, cycling, and cooking

Outside of CHoosE, I: 

  • Am the logistics lead and a mechanical team member for the Solar Car at UVA team
  • Enjoy Crossfit at the Solidarity Crossfit gym in Charlottesville, VA

Favorite Part About Being in CHoosE:  It’s a vibrant and supportive community in which we get to use our voices for their intended purpose: to praise and worship our awesome God.  

Covenant School Gig

On Wednesday September 20th, CHoosE had the privilege of singing a The Covenant School in Charlottesville, VA. We performed Kingdom Come and one of our new favorites, Hill’s and Valleys. Check out our Upcoming Events tab to see where we will be performing next and feel free to contact us if you are interested in having us perform!

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The Secret, Not-So-Secret 4th year Picnic


On May 2nd, CHoosE celebrated our fabulous 4th years! This year we send off two incredibly accomplished yet humble men of God, Shieun Park and Micheal Good.

Shieun Park is a 5th year UVa graduate from the Curry School of Education. This awesome grad is leaving UVa with his Master’s and Bachelor’s degree and has taken a job teaching math in Loudon County. Micheal Good is a 4th year UVa graduate from the School of Engineering. He leaves UVa with his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, but he isn’t going far! Mike has taken a job with the University Transit System in Charlottesville as a supervisor! Unfortunately he won’t be singing in the group, but he won’t be far for a visit! We honor you both for the time and energy that you have given to this group for five straight years. You all are are self-less, kind, honest, trustworthy, dependable, humble, talented, wise and patient. We will miss your amazing voices as well as your sweet spirits as you move forward with the rest of your lives! We love you!

Congratulations Graduates!

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CHoosE Takes BIDB! #breakitdownboston

On April 1st CHoosE participated in Break It Down Boston (BIDB) 2017, an Christian A Cappella Conference held in the Boston Area. This year the event was hosted by Harvard University’s Under Construction and the Saturday night concert took place in Pain Hall on the University’s Campus. Nineteen Chrisitian A Cappella groups from the East Coast were present to worship Jesus in a full house. This list of all of the groups present can be found on the Break It Down Boston Facebook Page.

This Is The Story Of How We Got There …

We departed from UVA on Friday, March 31st eager to escape our pencils, paper, and books! Off to Dullas airport we went to make CHoosE history by boarding an airplane and attending BIDB for the first time!

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Shieun, Luke, Minj, and Lex on the way to the airport! (We promise that Shieun is excited even though he isn’t smiling!)

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DUTCH BLITZ! What else would CHoosE do while while waiting in the airport for a flight?

Well … actually … we did some filming for our concert video! The talented Sarah Ruckle blessed us with her creative mind and brainstormed some scenes for us to film in the airport terminal! In addition to confusing some waiting passengers, we had a blast incorporating our trip into Rest Assured *THE MOVIE*!

After filming it was time to board the plane and we couldn’t have been more excited!

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Upon arriving in Boston we were housed for the night by two gracious local a cappella groups! The men from Boston University’s Mustard Seed took in our men for the night and the ladies from MIT’s Cross Products gave our ladies a place to rest our heads!

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The ladies hung out in MIT’s student center until Cross Products returned from their spring break missions trip (cool right???) and played MORE DUTCH BLITZ with Columbia’s Jubilation who we previously met up with in New York during Fall Roll 2016!

After receiving few hours of sleep, yet extremely energized by our passion to sing for Jesus, we skipped through underground tunnels to Harvard University to begin BIDB 2017! First on the list … BREAKFAST!


After a scrumptious breakfast provided by Harvard and joyful fellowship provided by Jesus, we engaged in ice breakers with the other groups before heading off to our workshops. This year’s workshops included information on  Spirituality, Musicality, Visual Performance, and Financial Logistics! We left these workshops feeling refreshed and renewed with new ideas, new friends, and new visions for our groups. From here we broke off into voice parts to learn the group song!


This year’s song was Who Am I by Casting Crowns. It was directed and arranged by Under Construction’s very own Micheal Sanky. It is a tradition at BIDB to close the evening concert with a song sung in unison by every a cappella group in attendance. What an awe-inspiring moment it was to be in the presence of hundreds of voices singing praises to the name of Jesus. We were so blessed and so honored to be a part of this great moment!

After group rehearsal, it was time to street sing! Unfortunately, due to excessive snow and fear of metro closures, we didn’t actually street sing … BUT we teamed up with MIT’s Cross Products and Yale’s Living Water to sing on MIT’s campus!

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MIT’s Cross Products

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Yale’s Living Water

Singing with these two groups was incredible! We were able to witness to many people at MIT during the few hours that we had and were also able to fellowship and create friendships with the other groups!

Let’s not forget about the food though! We were able to venture out into the community and feast on a cuisine that didn’t require a meal swipe! #uvadining

FINALLY, it was time for the concert! We were constantly inspired and moved by every group that performed. The house was packed and the air was filled with joy and great hope in our Savior. Performing was an experience of true worship and praise. We performed “Love With Your Love” and “Psalm 46” and were overcome by the support we received from the other groups. Coming from many different colleges, we were brought together by one common goal, to bring glory and honor to the name of Jesus Christ; and that made for an extremely powerful night!

Before the Show!

Nervous jitters and excitement before the show! Just kidding, we were so ready!

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Look Mom we made it!

And as always after every performance …

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What a blessed trip! God was evident everywhere and in every way, even on our way home as we returned to Virginia at 5 am on April the 2nd!

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To quote our wonderful president Sruckle, “Good Morning Virginia!”

Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible! God truly provides for all of our needs and has big plans for this group as ha enables us to travel to new places proclaiming his name with bold faith. CHoosE dearly loves and is so thankful for all of you, your support, your donations, and your prayer. To close, here is a slide slow full of lovely pictures of CHoosE being CHoosE and basking in the glory of God’s beautiful creation up in Boston!

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South Boston Adventures!

On March 18-19th, CHoosE went to visit Faith Community Church in South Boston. It was such a honor to sing in the hometown of our fabulous bass/perc Micheal Good!

On Saturday the 18th, we performed 8 songs in a mini-concert for the South Boston Community. We were blessed to stay the night with gracious church members and to sing two songs for their service on Sunday!

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Thank you so much to Faith Community Church for your generous hospitality and for letting us share our music with you! It was such an honor to worship with you all!

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For the CHoosE Alumni, you know what “CHoosE Normal” is!

Fall Roll 2016

A belated recap of our fall adventure.

Over our reading days, CHoosE loaded up into a few cars and headed for our biggest trip yet. We stayed with Melanie Turner’s wonderful family in Darien, Connecticut. (Shoutout to Mr. & Mrs. Turner for their generous hospitality!)

Here’s a run down of the trip: 

Sunday morning, we sang for Norton Presbyterian Church. With a night of awesome rehearsal under our belts, we debuted some of this semester’s new songs for the congregation! We also enjoyed conversations (and donut holes) between services.

After church, we took a train from Darien into the big apple. For many of us, it was our first time in New York City!

We had so much fun seeing the sights (M&M world i’m lookin @ you), filming for our concert video, and just hanging out. We did two street performances, one in Times Square and one in Central Park.

That night, we took the subway to Columbia University, where we met up with two Christian a cappella groups in the city. Columbia’s Jubilation hosted us, and NYU’s SHINE joined for a night of corporate worship, sharing of our music, and talking about the Christian a cappella experience at our respective schools.




Monday morning we headed to Darien’s food pantry and homeless shelter, Open Doors Shelter. We got a tour of their facility, sang for the lunch crowd, and prayed for some awesome folks.





Then we headed to Waveny Care Center, (Melanie’s old place of work!) to sing for the dementia unit and chat with the residents. img_3970

Last but not least, we got the chance to sing for the Darien Young Life Club. We had a blast meeting and singing for the high schoolers in the community.

After all of those gigs we were ready for our concert, and so happy to have spent a long weekend together. Thanks again to all who hosted us, fed us, and prayed for our trip. Thanks to our God who makes all things possible and who blessed us faithfully through our travels!

Check out the concert video to see some more fun moments from the city:

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As it says in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden“. We pray for the Kingdom of God to shine brightly in our own city as well as those we visited, and across all the world. We pray that the light of Christ would not be hidden in us; that we would be a city set on a hill.

                                                Here’s to a great fall roll!


One week ago, we wrapped up our fall 2016 auditions and callbacks. After meeting so many incredible people and hearing lots of great voices, we found them…

The next CHoosE newbs!!

Meet Alexus, Luke, and MinJoo, the newest members of our family.


If you think they look good, just you wait ’til they SING! Check out their bios under the “current CHoosiEs” tab. They’ll be up soon!

We had such a blast getting to know them better this past week through our “Newb Week” social events. Highlights include ice cream at Arch’s, game night, girls’ and guys’ nights, and our annual scavenger hunt!


Summer Retreat 2016!

After a long summer of work, play, and adventure, we were ecstatic to reconvene for music, food, and fellowship. This year’s summer retreat took place at the Ruckle household in Northern Virginia! It was a joyful reunion and restful week of singing new music, worshipping, laughing, and catching up.

We also held elections for new Sub-Exec positions:

Karsten – Outreach Chair and Alumni Chair

Sarah – Concert Chair and Publicity Chair

Laren – Contact Chair (this is an Exec position!)

Mike – Social Chair

We’re refreshed and ready. Here’s to a great semester!