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 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! 

Open to all, high schoolers and adults, who love to sing. Rehearsals beginning Feb. 14 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.


2016-2017 season

Our Annual Thanksgiving Concerts

College Community Chorus rehearsal---  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

College Community Chorus staff faculty students

Spring 2017

Come join the chorus  for rehearsals at the start of a new season, with the opportunity to explore uplifting music that celebrates the wonder of star-filled nights and an awakening to new possibilities, from a rarely heard song by Beethoven to traditional African music and breathtaking new works by contemporary American composers.

Here's a preview:

Elegischer Gesang by Beethoven and Let nothing ever grieve thee (Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren) by Brahms (both accompanied by strings)
    -- beautifully crafted pieces that speak of hope in the midst of grief.

Across the vast, eternal sky by Ola Gjeilo (with piano and strings) with words by Charles Silvestri
    -- inspired by the legend of the phoenix: 'This is my grace, to be restored, born again, in flame; do not despair that I am gone away; I will appear again when the sunset paints flames across the vast eternal sky.'

Shosholoza. From the African continent, a description from http://blog.firelightfoundation.org/2011/06/01
    -- Shosholoza began as a traditional song for miners traveling back and forth between Zimbabwe and South Africa. The word Shosholoza is a combination of both Ndebele (of Zimbabwe) and Zulu (of South Africa) words meaning “to push forward, endeavor, or strive.”


Choose something like a star by Randall Thompson, text by Robert Frost.
      -- a setting familiar to many of us… 'it asks of us a certain height, so when at times the mob is swayed to carry praise or blame too far, we may choose something like a star to stay our minds on and be staid.'

Fresh and Fearless (May Night) by Daniel Elder, text by Sara Teasdale
    -- an energetic setting by Daniel Elder (we sang his Lullaby last spring): 'The spring is fresh and fearless and every leaf is new… Here in the moving shadows I catch my breath and sting—My hear is fresh and fearless and over-brimmed with spring.'

Sure on this Shining Night by Samuel Barber and Morten Lauridsen, text by James Agee
   -- we'll learn Barber's shorter setting of this classic text (a contemporary of Randall Thompson, Barber is perhaps best known for "Adagio for Strings"), and reprise one of our all-time favorite pieces Morten Lauridsen. 

The Awakening, with words and music by Joseph M. Martin recommended by Tim Guiles (thank you!)
    -- the lyrics portray a dream where there is no song, no choir sang to change the world, only silence… then we 'Awake! All voices join as one. Let music live!'


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 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