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 a performance in Mead Chapel each semester. 

Students often 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 MUSC0250C.

"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. 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.


2016-2017 season

College Community Chorus

Our Annual Thanksgiving Concerts
---  this year at the Center for the Arts! ---

Saturday evening, Nov.19
7:00 pm
Robison Hall (Concert Hall) 
Mahaney Center for the Arts, free

Sunday afternoon, Nov.20
3:00 pm
Robison Hall (Concert Hall)
Mahaney Center for the Arts, free


Welcome Spring Concerts 

Saturday evening, May 6
7:00 pm
Brandon Town Hall, donations welcome

Sunday afternoon, May 7

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


Our 2016-2017 programs

This season’s program includes historical works from the European choral tradition alongside breathtaking contemporary works written during the past decade. The songs feature celebratory psalm texts with a Thanksgiving theme, as well as music with words that reflect the changing seasons and a longing for justice and peace, important to so many people at this time.

The choir will prepare the Chandos Anthem No. 9 by Baroque composer George Frederic Handel. Its four choruses – reminiscent of the spirited music found in his Messiah – contain dramatic shifts in textures and harmonies, scored for string orchestra and oboe. The program also includes Mozart’s expressive Ave verum corpus, a traditional text from the Roman Catholic tradition.

The chorus welcomes the change of seasons with music by Zachary J. Moore, one of a new generation of American choral composers. With beautiful melodies, he vividly paints the poem October Song, written by Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland. In O Notte (O Night), completed just a few months ago, distinguished conductor-composer Z. Randall Stroope dramatically scores selected phrases of poems by Michelangelo, “O night, in dreams you carry me where I desire,” and Friedrich Rückert, “Du bist die Ruh” (You are rest), for choir, piano, solo violin and cello.

Distinguished arranger, composer and conductor Craig Hella Johnson creates a lyrical musical setting the words of Mattie Stepanek’s Psalm of Life, written just before Thanksgiving 2003. Mattie, a published poet and peace advocate, died a month before his 14th birthday from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. From the Hebrew tradition, contemporary composer Allan Naplan sets the text of Al Shlosha D'varim: truth, justice, and peace sustain the world. The inspirational words of Mother Teresa, "If we have not peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other," provide the foundation for an award-winning 2010 work by Pacific Northwest composer Joan Szymko.

Conductor Jeff Rehbach notes that this program will offer singers the opportunity to explore a rich variety of styles of historic and present-day music, with vivid writing for chorus, piano, and chamber music ensemble. Rehbach begins his seventeenth season as director of the College Community Chorus, and Timothy Guiles returns as the choir's virtuoso accompanist.


Middlebury's Annual Messiah Sing

Dec. 18, 2016, 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 and college faculty, including, during the past years, Jessica Allen, Leila McVeigh, Grace Weber, sopranos; Heidi Willis, Erin Grainger, altos; Adam Hall, François Clemmons, tenor; Joe McVeigh, Jeff Buettner, Jonathon Landell, Jim Wright, basses. And, each year, the reading features a harpsichord made by Robert Hicks of Lincoln, VT, played this year by Jenny Bower.

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