College Community Chorus


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 performances at the end of each semester. 

College Community Chorus in rehearsal

Students note that our 90-voice chorus provides a place to sing, to explore music together, and to make life-long friends with others from on- and off-campus. The Chorus may optionally be taken for credit, over two semesters as a fifth course, as MUSC0205C.

"I am so happy I decided to take choir. It was a very positive experience and I would definitely recommend it to future students. Singing allows students to decompress and re-contextualize their collegiate lives... I learned about the collaboration, patience, and self-awareness that is required to make collective art... The paper topics were diverse and allowed me to think critically about music and its place in my life and the lives of others... I've learned how to read music, to work as part of a team, to train my own voice to fit a part, to take care of myself so that I can sing, and to value having friends in the community."

Join us for rehearsals in Mead Chapel each semester – no auditions – on Sundays or Tuesdays at 7pm.

    Open to all--high schoolers, college students, adults--who love to sing. Jeff Rehbach conducts, Tim Guiles accompanies.  Email rehbach@middlebury.edu for more information, or simply come to a rehearsal! 

Most members attend both rehearsals each week, but if you can on make one, that's okay!
   Note: students taking Chorus for credit must attend both rehearsals each week.


2018-2019 season

Our Annual Thanksgiving Concerts

College Community Chorus rehearsalSpring 2019 Concert

Sunday afternoon, May 5
3:00 pm
Robison Concert Hall
Mahaney Arts Center, free

This past fall (2018)

Saturday evening, Nov.17
7:00 pm
Robison Concert Hall 
Mahaney Arts Center, free
Sunday afternoon, Nov.18
3:00 pm
Robison Concert Hall
Mahaney Arts Center, free


Our Spring 2019 program

College Community Chorus staff faculty studentsThe choir once again will take to the Concert Hall stage for its annual spring concert, as historic and contemporary texts and music from around the globe fill the hour-long program. Nearly all the works will receive their first-ever performance in Vermont at the choir's May 5, 2019, performance.

We welcome as our guest violinist Middlebury Union High School student Romy Munkres, the Young Tradition Vermont 2018 contest winner. Romy will play solo fiddle as we perform a traditional Norwegian song, Gropen, a lively dance tune. From Celtic traditions, we offer Aisling (meaning 'dream' or 'vision') scored for solo violin and gently accompanied by the choir and piano. 

Newly composed pieces include two songs with texts by Sara Teasdale, scored by longtime Vermont resident Gwyneth Walker and by Missouri-based composer Susan LaBarr. We also will sing a work just published by Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo entitled The Rose, that sets a picturesque text by Christina Rossetti.

The choir will offer Hands are Knockin' by Kyle Pederson, written with a mix of Arabic and English texts for an international school in Muscat, the capital of Oman, that calls us to open our doors to all people. As we anticipate the coming of summer, the chorus will sing Sunshine by Michael McGlynn, composer and arranger for the Irish ensemble Anúna. McGlynn scores this joyful song with a mix of captivating rhythmic patterns and a driving piano accompaniment. Kanaval by Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume portrays the festive atmosphere as people young and old come together for the annual mardi gras celebration. 

The program includes dynamic choruses from an intriguing 18th-century work by George Frederic Handel entitled The Triumph of Time and Truth. Revised in England during the final years of his life, Handel originally scored the piece early in his career as an Italian oratorio. We will also sing one of his most beautiful choruses, Music Spread Thy Voice Around. The choir hopes our music and lyrics that span the centuries will be an inspiration at this year's spring performance.

Jeff Rehbach conducts the performances, with Tim Guiles at the piano and special guest artist Damascus Kafumbe, director of the College's African Music and Dance Ensemble, on percussion.


Middlebury's Annual Messiah Sing

Dec. 22, 2019, at 2:00pm at the Middlebury Congregational Church (corner of Route 7 and Main St.)

For thirty-five 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 ($5-10 adult / $10-20 family).

In addition to choruses, some of the arias from the work are sung by members of our community and college faculty and alumni, including, during the past years, sopranos Jessica Allen, Leila McVeigh and Grace Weber; sopranos; altos Erin Grainger, Louise Whalen Wright, and Heidi Willis; tenors Adam Hall, Joshua Collier, and François Clemmons; baritone and basses Jeff Buettner, Jack DesBois, Jonathon Landell, Joe McVeigh, and Jim Wright. And, each year, the reading features a harpsichord made by Robert Hicks of Lincoln, VT, played this year by Jenny Bower.  The College Community Chorus provides refreshments for a wonderful afternoon of community music.

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 good tidings
For unto us a child is born
Glory to God
Surely he hath borne our griefs
All we like sheep
Lift up your heads
Hallelujah
Since by man came death
But thanks, thanks be to God
Worthy is the Lamb...Blessing and honor...Amen


Department of Music

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753