College Community Chorus

Voices from the College and local communities singing together
in concert with the Champlain Philharmonic, April 5 & 6, 2014

A delightful potpourri of music for orchestra and chorus, including
Brahms. Academic Festival Overture
Verdi. Va, pensiero and Anvil Chorus
Copland.  The Promise of Living
Gilbert & Sullivan. selections from HMS Pinafore and The Gondoliers
and the world premiere of a new orchestration by Middlebury's
Peter Hamlin. Reflections of the Sky
see details below!

composers pictures 


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 each semester. 

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. The Chorus may also be taken for credit as MUSC0250C.  Email conductor Jeff Rehbach, rehbach@middlebury.edu 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, 989-7355 rehbach@middlebury.edu
Barbara Merz, Chorus Manager,  merz@middlebury.edu

Spring 2014 season

College Community Chorus

A special early Spring concert with the Champlain Philharmonic
Saturday evening, April 5, 2014,  7:30pm
Grace Congregational Church, Rutland. Tickets at the door.

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 some of our favorite pieces from the past, followed by a performance by
The Vermont Choral Union

Mead Chapel
(tickets at the door)

This past Fall:
A Thanksgiving Celebration

Sunday, November 24, 2013, 3:00 pm
Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, free

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 beloved opera choruses and by Giuseppi Verdi (such as Va, pensiero from Nabucco; the famous "Anvil Chorus" from Il Trovatore; and The Triumphal March and Chorus Gloria all'Egitto from Aidi and Wagner's famous Wedding March) along with delightful selections from Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers and HMS Pinafore. This is a program you're sure to head for home humming great melodies after each rehearsal and the concert itself!

For our May performance we'll reprise some of favorite contemporary works from the past few years: Z. Randall Stroope's Omnia Sol; Ola Gjeilo's The Ground (from the Sunrise Mass); and Morten Lauridsen's Sure on this Shining Night;

Middlebury's Annual Messiah Sing


Dec. 21, 2014, at 2:00pm at the Middlebury Congregational Church (corner of Route 7 and Main St.)

Messiah Sing

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 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 rehbach@middlebury.edu 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