College Community Chorus
Voices from the College and local communities singing together
Spring rehearsals begin Sunday, February 10!!
This spring, we explore delightful music by Antonio Vivaldi; American composer Emma Lou Diemer's settings of Shakespeare texts; selected works with rich choral sounds by award-winning American composer Morten Lauridsen; and an energetic arrangement of traditional texts entitled Sing a New Song.
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 thirteenth season leading the group, and accompanied by Timothy Guiles.
Regular rehearsals: Sunday / Tuesday evenings, for our fall season.
7-8:30 pm, Mead Chapel on the College campus
(parking along Hillcrest Rd; faculty/staff restrictions do not apply after 5pm)
For more information, please contact:
Jeff Rehbach, Chorus Conductor, at 989-7355 rehbach @ middlebury.edu
Barbara Merz, Chorus Manager, at 443-5356 merz @ middlebury.edu
A Thanksgiving Celebration
Sunday, November 18, 2012, 3:00 pm
Mead Chapel, Middlebury College
Annual Messiah Sing
Sunday, December 23, 2:00 pm
Middlebury Congregational Church
Welcome Spring -- a concert for Mother's Day
Friday evening, May 10, 2013, 7:30 pm
in Rochester, VT
Sunday afternoon, May 12, 2013, 3:00 pm
Mead Chapel, Middlebury College
Our Spring 2013 program
We offer a mix of music old and new for our Mother's Day weekend performance. The main work on the program is baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi's splendid Gloria! From past performances we reprise two works loved by our singers and our audiences, contemporary American composer Morten Lauridsen's beautiful pieces Sure on This Shining Night and Dirait-on. We introduce American composers Emma Lou Diemer's delightful Three Madrigals on texts of Shakespeare. The program closes with an upbeat dynamic setting of the text Sing a New Song by Ron Stiheli, director of the choral program at Brigham Young University.
Our Thanksgiving 2012 program
We offer a setting of a psalm of thanksgiving, Psalm 100 by Minnesota composer René Clausen. and an inspiring version of texts from the Mass entitled The Ground by contemporary Norwegian-born composer Ola Gjeilo whose music is increasingly performed by choirs across the globe. We also sing a beautiful Thanksgiving Hymn for America by contemporary American composer Stephen Paulus. We offer two choruses on the poetry of Robert Frost, set to music by noted American composer Randall Thompson: The Road Not Taken and Choose Something like a Star. We also will perform the just-published arrangement of Carly Simon's Let the River Run, by Craig Hella Johnson (watch this work performed by the ensemble Conspirare!) The main work on the program will be Franz Schubert's inspired Mass #2 in G Major, written when he was just 18 years old, a setting full of energy with delightful melodies and harmonies. Join us!
Middlebury's Annual Messiah Sing
Dec. 23, 2012, 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, including, in 2011, Jessica Allen, Leila McVeigh, Grace Weber, sopranos; Heidi Willis, alto; Francois 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.
For more information, contact Jeff Rehbach at firstname.lastname@example.org 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