College Community Chorus
Voices from the College and local communities singing together
Thanksgiving concert Sunday, November 24, 3pm, Mead Chapel
For our annual Thanksgiving concert, we explore a mix of classical and contemporary music. We'll sing uplifting choruses by Brahms (How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place) and Mendelssohn (Behold a Star from Jacob Shining), and newer compositions by American composers Dan Forrest (It is Good to Give Thanks) and Keith Hampton (his gospel/jazz setting of "This Little Light of Mine" entitled "True Light"). The featured work on our program is Lux Aeterna (Light Eternal) with its rich choral sounds, soaring melodies, and shimmering harmonies, by award-winning American composer Morten Lauridsen.
College Community Chorus – Students, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members join together to sing classical works alongside newly composed choral music and arrangements of traditional and popular songs, culminating in a performance in Mead Chapel. Students often note that this 90-voice chorus provides a place not only to sing and explore music together, but to make life-long friends with others from on- and off-campus, and to take a break and feel a sense of accomplishment from rehearsal to rehearsal leading up to our concerts!
Join us for rehearsals – no auditions – on Sundays or Tuesdays at 7pm in Mead Chapel, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10. The Chorus may also be taken for credit as MUSC0250C. Email conductor Jeff Rehbach, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or simply come to a rehearsal!
Love to sing? Join us!
The College-Community Chorus comprises Middlebury College students, staff and faculty, and singers from towns and villages throughout Addison County and across the lake in New York State. The Chorus, numbering nearly 100 singers, is open without audition to all singers (high school age and up) who can follow along a musical score and sing a melody accurately. The Chorus is conducted by Jeff Rehbach, now in his fourteenth season leading the group, and accompanied by Timothy Guiles.
Regular rehearsals: Sunday / Tuesday evenings
7-8:30 pm, Mead Chapel on the College campus
(parking along Hillcrest Rd or College St (Route 125); faculty/staff restrictions do not apply after 5pm)
Students performing with the ensemble for two semesters may receive credit for MUSC0205C. In addition to rehearsals and performance, students write two essays each semester.
For more information, please contact:
Jeff Rehbach, Chorus Conductor, at 989-7355 rehbach @ middlebury.edu
Barbara Merz, Chorus Manager, 6 merz @ middlebury.edu
A Thanksgiving Celebration
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 3:00 pm
Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, free
Annual Messiah Sing
Sunday, December 22, 2:00 pm
Middlebury Congregational Church
A special early Spring concert with the Champlain Philharmonic
Sunday afternoon, April 6, 2014, 3:00 pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College
(tickets in advance at the box office
or at the door)
Sunday evening, May 4, 2014, 7:30 pm
We offer a few of our favorite pieces from the past, followed by a performance by
the Vermont Choral Union
(Tickets at the door)
Our Thanksgiving 2013 program
We offer a setting of a psalm of thanksgiving, It is Good to Give Thanks (Psalm 92) by 35-year-old American pianist-composer Dan Forrest. His compositions are noted for “superb choral writing…full of spine-tingling moments.” We turn to classical works including How Lovely is thy Dwelling Place from the German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, and in anticipation of the season of Advent, Behold a star from Jacob Shining by Felix Mendelssohn. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. "I have a dream" speech, we present an arrangement of the spriritual "This little light of mine" entitled True Light by Chicago Community Chorus conductor and composer Keith Hampton.
The centerpiece of our program is contemporary American composer Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna (Light Eternal). composed in 1997. Its five movements include a mix of a cappella and accompanied settings of sacred texts, each containing allusions to light, set to soaring melodies and inspired harmonies.
Our Spring 2014 program
We will join with the Champlain Philharmonic to offer a special concert in early April. The Champlain Philharmonic includes players from throughout Addison County and beyond and we delight in the opportunity for our two community ensembles to join forces. The program will include a new orchestration of Reflections of the Sky, written by Professor Peter Hamlin '73 for the College's bicentennial. It includes texts by Langston Hughes and Middlebury faculty members Julia Alvarez, Robert Pack, and Jay Parini. Also on the program will a variety of masterworks for chorus and orchestra, including notable choruses from operas spanning the 18th to 20th centuries.
Middlebury's Annual Messiah Sing
Dec. 22, 2013, at 2:00pm at the Middlebury Congregational Church (corner of Route 7 and Main St.)
For more than 25 years, friends and neighbors travel to downtown Middlebury to participate in the Messiah Sing, sponsored by the College Community Chorus and led by its conductor, Jeff Rehbach.
Once again this year the tradition continues! Music scores are provided (or bring your own!) for singers; if you play a string instrument, flute/oboe, bassoon, or baroque trumpet, orchestra parts are also available at the reading. Donation requested at the door ($5 adult / $10 family).
In addition to choruses, some of the arias from the work are sung by members of our community and college faculty, including, during the past two years, Jessica Allen, Leila McVeigh, Grace Weber, sopranos; Heidi Willis, Erin Grainger, altos; François Clemmons, tenor; Joe McVeigh, Jeff Buettner, basses. And, each year, the reading features a harpsichord made by Robert Hicks of Lincoln, VT, in 2011 played by Cynthia Huard, and in 2012 by Larry Hamberlin.
For more information, contact Jeff Rehbach at email@example.com or 802.989.7355 (feel free to leave a message).
Choral selections at the reading include:
And the glory of the Lord
And he shall purify
O thou that tellest
For unto us a child is born
Glory to God
Surely he hath borne our grief
All we like sheep
Lift up your heads
Since by man came death
Worthy is the Lamb...Amen
Messiah Sing, sponsored by the College Community Chorus