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 this 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 each semester – no auditions – on Sundays or Tuesdays at 7pm in Mead Chapel, beginning Tuesday, September 11.

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

Spring Concerts

Saturday evening, May 4
tentative booking: 7:30 pm
Brandon Town Hall
Sunday afternoon, May 5

3:00 pm
Robison Concert Hall
Mahaney Center for the Arts, free


Our Fall 2018 program

College Community Chorus staff faculty studentsThe choir steps onto the Concert Hall stage for its annual Thanksgiving concerts, this year with the theme "A Song Arising." Historic, traditional, and contemporary texts and music fill the hour-long program.

The program includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s earliest and final choral works, a setting of Kyrie Eleison for choir and string quartet, and the final movement of his splendid Requiem. We bridge these two selections with Illumination, a Latin text that originates from 17th century Ireland, set by composer Michael McGlynn, arranger for the Celtic ensemble Anúna. 

We depict the power of music in our lives with Earth Song by Frank Ticheli, A Song Arising by Frank M. Martin, a setting of Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem Alway Something Sings by Dan Forrest, and Muusika by Estonian composer Pärt Uusberg. We will present a dynamic new 2018 setting of Chilean songwriter and activist Violeta Parrad's Vida Atrevida, scored by Middlebury's Sam Guarnaccia.

We explore ideas for hope, peace and reconciliation with music by a new generation of composers, including The Peace of Wild Things by Jake Runestad and I Dream A World by Connor Koppin

Songs of celebration and thanksgiving include Hymn for America by Stephen Paulus, O Be Joyful by distinguished British composer John Rutter, and How Can I Keep From Singing by longtime Vermont resident Gwyneth Walker. The concert concludes with I Will Singa toe-tapping, hand-clapping gospel piece by African-American composer Rosephanye Powell.


Middlebury's Annual Messiah Sing

Dec. 23, 2018, at 2:00pm at the Middlebury Congregational Church (corner of Route 7 and Main St.)

For more than 30 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 and Heidi Willis; tenors Joshua Collier, Adam Hall, 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