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."

Spring concerts on Mother's Day Weekend 2018: 
May 12, 7:30pm, Brandon Town Hall
May 13, 3:00pm, Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, Middlebury

Join us for rehearsals each semester – no auditions – on Sundays or Tuesdays at 7pm in Mead Chapel. 

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.


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:
Moonlit Nights, Sun-filled Days 

Saturday evening, May 12
7:30 pm
Brandon Town Hall, donations welcome

Sunday afternoon, May 13

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

and... special appearances with Middlebury Wind Ensemble, April 20-21
at Mount Abraham High School and Middlebury High School, singing "The Promise of Living" by Aaron Copland and "Meridian" by Ola Gjeilo with Tim Guiles, piano soloist


Our 2017-2018 programs

College Community Chorus staff faculty students

Spring 2018

The choir takes to the stage in Brandon and Middlebury on Mother's Day Weekend for its annual spring concerts, this year with the theme "Moonlit Nights & Sun-filled Days." Conductor Jeff Rehbach leads the 80-voice chorus as virtuoso pianist Timothy Guiles accompanies the ensemble. Rehbach notes that delightful classical, traditional, and popular music fills the hour-long program.

Performances take place on Saturday evening, May 12, 7:30 pm, at the Brandon Town Hall, and on Sunday afternoon, 13, 3:00 pm at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robinson Concert Hall at Middlebury College. Donations at the door in Brandon support ongoing renovations and programming at the historic Town Hall, while the Middlebury concert is free admission.

As the choir singers process and gather on stage, they open the concert with Awake! Bright day from Richard Wagner’s famous opera Die Meistersinger. Following the quiet Evening Prayer from Englebert Humperdinck’s 1893 musical setting of Hansel and Gretel, the choir greets a new dawn with Behold the sun!, a chorus excerpted from one of Franz Joseph Haydn’s last major works, completed in 1801. 

The program features music for the night by contemporary American composers Gwyneth Walker and Daniel Elder. Walker, who lived and farmed for many years in Vermont, seeks to capture the lyricism of the E. E. Cummings poem “after all white horses are in bed.” Elder writes his own lyrics and music for the gentle nocturnes entitled Ballade to the Moon and Lullaby.

From world music traditions, the choir takes up a new arrangement of Yonder Come Day, a spiritual from the Georgia Sea Islands, as well as a traditional song from Ghana that describes children’s games played beneath the bright moon. Popular tunes on the program include lyrical choral arrangements of Cole Porter’s Night and Day, Lennon & McCartney’s I’ll Follow the Sun (as arranged for the King’s Singers, an award-winning British a cappella ensemble), and Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning by Craig Hella Johnson, conductor of the Grammy® award-winning ensemble Conspirare.

The concert concludes with a flair, as the choir sings Pulitzer Prize winning composer Aaron Copland’s The Promise of Living followed by Meridian, a stirring work scored for piano solo and chorus, by noted contemporary composer Ola Gjeilo—premiered in Vermont just three weeks ago by the Chorus, the Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble, and pianist Tim Guiles.

Members of the College Community chorus travel for weekly rehearsals from throughout the region, including Cornwall, Bristol, Weybridge, Middlebury, New Haven, Leicester, Orwell, Brandon, Moriah NY, North Ferrisburgh, Monkton, Salisbury, and Vergennes. College students hail from China, Zimbabwe, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maine, Vermont, New York, Kentucky, and Maryland. The group welcomes all singers who delight in this 150-year-old community tradition, hosted by Middlebury College.


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