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

Open to all--high schoolers, college students, adults--who love to sing. Rehearsals beginning September 12 and after at Mead Chapel on the College campus. 

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.

2017-2018 season

Our Annual Thanksgiving Concerts

College Community Chorus rehearsalSaturday evening, Nov.18
7:00 pm
Robison Concert Hall 
Mahaney Center for the Arts, free

Sunday afternoon, Nov.19
3:00 pm
Robison Concert Hall
Mahaney Center for the Arts, free

Welcome Spring Concerts 

Saturday evening, May 12
7:00 pm
Brandon Town Hall, donations welcome

Sunday afternoon, May 13

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

Our 2017-2018 programs

College Community Chorus staff faculty students

Fall 2017

The Middlebury College Community Chorus announces a new season to prepare for its annual fall concert, slated for performance on the college campus the weekend before Thanksgiving. Regular rehearsals take place on Tuesday and Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Mead Chapel, beginning September 12.

This season’s program includes historical works from the European choral tradition alongside inspiring contemporary works written during the twenty years, with music of heart and home as well as celebration and thanksgiving.

The choir sings Jubilate (O be Joyful) by the German composer Felix Mendelssohn, based on an historic psalm of thanksgiving. From the nineteenth century, the program includes settings that depict a heavenly home: How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place from A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God, grant eternal rest) from the Requiem by French composer Gabriel Fauré. The group will prepare Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant us Peace) from the Mass in B minor, one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s final compositions.

The chorus reflects on life at home with These Green Hills, Vermont’s state song, in a new arrangement just written this past spring. The Road Home, by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus, uses a tune from The Southern Harmony Songbook (1835) with new words: “There is no such beauty as where you belong; rise up, follow me, I will lead you home.”

The group delights this season to sing music by Moira Smiley, who group in New Haven, Vermont, and now travels across the globe to share her music and songs. Stand in That River encourages us to “Come and stand in that river, current gentle and slow, send your troubles down-water, down on that water flow."

The choir remembers those who have been a part of our lives with Homage by Z. Randall Stroope and Good Night, Dear Heart by Dan Forrest. The first piece honors beloved parents and all who shape our lives. The second poignantly sets the words of a classic poem by Robert Richardson, that Mark Twain notably placed on the headstone of his daughter who died in her early twenties.

Music wells up in our hearts with a beautifully crafted setting of I Dream a World by Langston Hughes, set by African-American composer Rosephanye Powell: “A world I dream, where black or white, whatever race you be, will share the bounties of the earth…and joy, like a pearl, attends the needs of all mankind…”  Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo sets the ancient church text Ubi caritas (“Where charity and love are, God is there”) in a breath-taking setting that features solo piano alongside the chorus.

I Will Sing, newly composed by Rosephanye Powell, concludes the program, in a toe-tapping gospel style: “When freedom rings, I will sing of the joy, of the peace, of the love that fills my heart.”

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 and piano. Rehbach begins his eighteenth consecutive season as director of the College Community Chorus, and Timothy Guiles returns as the choir's virtuoso accompanist.

Spring 2018

In the spring semester, we'll welcome the change of seasons with a variety of songs from past and present and around the globe.

Middlebury's Annual Messiah Sing

Dec. 17, 2017, 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 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
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