College Community Chorus

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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. Jeff Rehbach conducts, Tim Guiles accompanies.  Email rehbach@middlebury.edu for more information, or simply come to a rehearsal! 

Join us for rehearsals in Mead Chapel each semester – no auditions – on Sundays or Tuesdays at 7pm.
FALL 2019 rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 8 in room 221 at the Mahaney Arts Center, before moving to Mead Chapel on September 10.

Most members attend both rehearsals each week, but if you can only make one, that's okay!
  Note: Students may optionally take Chorus for credit over two semesters as a fifth course, MUSC0205C. Those who do so must attend both rehearsals each week.


2019-2020 season

Fall 2019 ConcertsCollege Community Chorus rehearsal

Saturday evening, Nov.23
7:00 pm
Robison Concert Hall 
Mahaney Arts Center, free
Sunday afternoon, Nov.24
3:00 pm
Robison Concert Hall
Mahaney Arts Center, free

Spring 2020 Concerts

Saturday evening, May 9
7:00 pm
Brandon (VT) Town Hall
donations welcome 

Sunday afternoon, May 10
3:00 pm
Robison Concert Hall
Mahaney Arts Center, free


Our Fall 2019 program

College Community Chorus staff faculty studentsThe choir will take to the Concert Hall stage for its annual Thanksgiving concert, as historic and contemporary texts and music from around the globe fill the hour-long program with a variety of music to celebrate the joy of Thanksgiving and hope for our future.

From the classical traditional, we'll sing "Nänie" by Johannes Brahms, an elegy with lush melodies and harmonies. It text by nineteenth-century German author Friedrich Schiller, with references to ancient Greek mythology, depicts the death of that which is beautiful. Brahms composed the work in tribute to his friend, the painter Anselm Feuerbach, whose paintings drew upon antiquity and Renaissance motifs.

The concert opens with the words "This is the sound of one voice, of voices two, of voices three—the sound of all of us singing with love" by North American composer Ruth Moody, who writes for the Canadian folk-roots trio The Wailin' Jennys. Our program includes Iowa composer Elaine Hagenberg's "The Music of Stillness" that sets poetry by Sara Teasdale, and by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus who wrote "Hymn to the Eternal Flame" in remembrance of all who suffered and perished in the horrors of the Holocaust.

Music also lifts our spirits, as African-American gospel songwriter Victor C. Johnson reminds us with his dynamic setting of "Sing Out Your Joy" based on ancient psalm texts. Also on the program, we'll sing African-influenced music by Michael Barrett and Dan Forrest that also draws on traditional texts to express jubilation, using powerful harmonies and energetic rhythms.

We will sing a special work that Middlebury College professor Peter Hamlin is writing in memory of our long-time chorus member Grace Weber '79 who passed away in December 2016, and her husband Steve (retired College forester) who passed away in May of this year. We will offer the powerful final chorus from the Emergent Universe Oratorio composed six years ago by Middlebury's Sam Guarnaccia on a text by William Blake: "To See a World in a Grain of Sand and a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand and Eternity in an hour." We will close the program with "Luminous Night of the Soul" by award-winning Norwegian American composer Ola Gjeilo who combines texts by sixteenth-century Spanish mystic poet St. John of the Cross and contemporary author Charles Anthony Silvestri with its uplifting sentiment, "Praise to all music which soars to inspire!"

Jeff Rehbach conducts the performances, with Tim Guiles at the piano.


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