COVID-19: Essential Information

College Community Chorus

 Fall 2022 STUDENTS:

We are working on a solution for students of College-Community Chorus to meet together Tuesay evenings, 6:30-8:00 PM, in Mead Chapel. Please contact Jeff Buettner if you are interested!

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. 

"I am so happy I decided to take choir. I would definitely recommend it! 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... 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."

Open to all--high schoolers, college students, adults--who love to sing, without audition. Email Jeff Buettner for more information, or simply come to a rehearsal! 

We hope resume rehearsals later in 2021 after a vaccination becomes available and our number of singers can safely gather indoors to rehearse.


Note: Students may optionally take Chorus for credit over two semesters as a fifth course, MUSC0205C. You must register in the second semester, by instructor approval. Along with singing in rehearsal and performance, the credit includes listening and writing assignments that vary by semester.


College Community Chorus rehearsal

Spring and Fall 2020  and Spring 2021 Concerts

-- were not held due to COVID-19.

Our Spring 2020 program
We had planned to celebrate conductor Jeff Rehbach's 20 years with the chorus, with favorite pieces from past performancessuggested by our singersin a special 90-minute concert!

College Community Chorus staff faculty studentsFrom among the hundreds of historical and contemporary choral works the community chorus has performed since the year 2000, our choir singers recommended numerous titles that they have particularly enjoyed. Jeff, in turn, selected over a dozen works for the spring 2020 performances to weave together songs that give voice to the light that love and hope bring to our world. 

The choir planned to reprise music by Middlebury composers Peter Hamlin and Sam Guarnaccia that it has been honored to premiere and perform during the past two decades:  selections from Peter's Reflections of the Sky (written for the College bicentennial in 2000) that give expression to our dreams and the experience of life; and Sam's setting of Vida atrevida ("Courageous Life") written for Middlebury's Spanish Language School that expresses gratitude for life in the world around us and love of one another.

The program was to feature works written from the mid-twentieth century through the beginning of the current century. They include songs of reflection and our place in the world, such as the serene setting of Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken by American composer Randall Thompson. In Sure on this Shining Night, Morten Lauridsen beautifully evokes the poetry of James Agee, as we find our hearts made whole amidst the wonder of a star-filled night. With sweeping melodies and harmonies, Randall Stroope portrays the strength of enduring love and faithfulness in Omnia Sol.

The choir also hoped to sing some of its favorites from folk and world music traditions that portray the seasons of our lives, such as Paul Halley's lyrical choral arrangement of Pete Seeger's To My Old Brown Earth. A poem by Rudyard Kipling, The Seal Lullaby, gently captures the love a mother, in a setting Eric Whitacre composed for a motion picture score. Alongside the sounds of Enjura, an African song that welcomes rain in villages across the landscape, the program included Craig Hella Johnson's inspiring setting of Let the River Run by Carly Simon and his delicately scored Requiem by Eliza Gilkyson, written to honor those whose lives have been lost in the midst of calamity.

The program drew on historic texts that depict charity and love with the harmonically rich settings of Set Me as a Seal upon your Heart by Minnesota composer René Clausen and Ubi caritas et amor by Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo; and, from the classical tradition, Lux aeterna, from Mozart's Requiem, giving voice to eternal light and peace in  

In addition, continuing Jeff's commitment to performing recently written works, the choir planned to present pieces by Vermont singer-songwriters who encourage resilience in our time: Stand in That River and Rise To It Now by New Haven native and Bristol resident Moira Smiley, and Hope Lingers On by Lissa Schneckenburger who lives in Brattleboro.

Kanaval, an exhilarating work by Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume that celebrates community and the joy of life concluded the program.

Middlebury's Annual Messiah Sing

Middlebury Congregational Church (corner of Route 7 and Main St.) 

Dec. 20, 2020, at 2:00pm -- CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19.  Tentative date this year: Sunday afternoon, Dec. 19, 2021.

Watch, listen and sing along with past sings...

Here is our 2009 Sing on YouTube
recorded at the Middlebury Congregational Church with just a single microphone.
 (Note: this recording is not stereo - that actually can make it easier to sing along, if you listen with headphones, hearing the recording in one ear and  yourself singing in the other!) 
Here is our 2015 Sing on Middlebury Community Television's previous website (recorded by the Congregational Church)

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.

Next 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; 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. The College Community Chorus provides refreshments for a wonderful afternoon of community music.

For more information, contact Jeff Rehbach at or 802.989.7355 (feel free to leave a message).

Choral selections at the reading often 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
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