Middlebury

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.


 

2014-2015 season

College Community Chorus

Our Annual Thanksgiving concert celebration, featuring Middlebury composer Sam Guarnaccia's Emergent Universe Oratorio.

Sunday afternoon, Nov.23
,
3:00 pm
Mead Chapel, free

Mother's Day
Weekend Concerts
Saturday, May 9
7:30 pm
a special performance
at the Brandon Town Hall
(donations benefit
ongoing renovations)

Sunday afternoon, May 10
,
3:00 pm
Mead Chapel, free



Our Spring 2015 program

As the calendar turns from April to May, our traditional Mother's Day weekend concerts are just around the corner. We sing at the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday evening, May 9, at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday afternoon, May 10, 3:00 pm in Mead Chapel on the College campus.

The program features two extraordinary works scored for choir, piano and strings, by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo: Dark Night of the Soul on a text from the 16th-century by Saint John of the Cross, and Luminous Night of the Soul with a text written for Gjeilo by American poet Charles Anthony Silvestri. Gjeilo composed these pieces 2010 and 2011. These spell-binding works feature a dynamic, rhythmic piano part, performed by Tim Guiles, while chorus and strings (Dieuwke Davydov, cello;  Hilary Hatch, violin; Anne Kowalski, violin; Molly Bidwell, viola) and soprano soloist Samantha Allman '16 provide rich melodic and harmonic color.

We'll open with Come, gentle spring! by renowned classical composer Franz Josef Haydn. The choir will offer two songs by Gwyneth Walker (who until recently made her home in Vermont) on the poetry of e.e. cummings: Spring!; I carry your heart. Like the pieces by Gjeilo in this program, these works will showcase the piano part, played by our wonderful pianist Tim Guiles. 

And, as a special treat, Tim Guiles will lead the chorus a wonderful a cappella arrangement of the traditional Shaker tune, Simple Gifts, with unique afro-jazz rhtyhms and harmonies as lower voices sing "cheza ngoma" (Swahili for "dance and sing"), while upper voices perform a syncopated variation of the well-known Shaker song.


Middlebury's Annual Messiah Sing

Dec. 20, 2015, at 2:00pm at the Middlebury Congregational Church (corner of Route 7 and Main St.)

Messiah Sing

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 in recent years by Larry Hamberlin.

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
For unto us a child is born
Glory to God
Surely he hath borne our grief
All we like sheep
Lift up your heads
Hallelujah
Since by man came death
Worthy is the Lamb...Amen


Community Music

Community Music session II
Community Music session

There are several opportunities for students, faculty, and community members to share traditional music together:

Informal and often impromptu Scottish & Irish sessions occasionally take place on campus and also Carol's Hungry Mind Café. Please contact Timothy Cummings for more information.

There are also monthly Scottish fiddle sessions being hosted by the Champlain Valley Scottish Fiddle Club, on the first Sundays of each month, beginning 2pm. More information, as well as their repertoire list, can be found on their website.

Shape-note singers typically gather either in town or on campus to sing selections from The Sacred Harp on second Sundays, from 1-3pm. Please contact Debby Moody for more information: moody.debby [at] gmail.com

 

The Value of Discomfort

 

dance footsteps pattern

 

Dance

Learning to dance with others can be awkward—and intimate. Beginners step on toes, stumble, and feel silly. To progress, they must take chances and step outside their comfort zones.

 

 

Taking Chances

Building a welcoming, diverse campus involves more than bringing lots of different people to Middlebury; it involves taking chances:

Even though a campus may become more diverse in terms of the numbers of underrepresented groups present, the level of engagement can still be inconsequential if those representing different viewpoints are not encouraged and supported to express them. . . . And if the wariness about discomfort is stronger than the desire to hear different viewpoints because engaging difference is uncomfortable, then the quest for diversity is hollow, no matter what the demographic statistics on a campus reflect.

President Ronald D. Liebowitz, Baccalaureate 2007

We will know that we’ve succeeded in reaching our goal of having an openly engaged campus when the members of our community—students, faculty, and staff—can talk about all the issues—even the difficult ones.

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 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 – no auditions – on Sundays or Tuesdays beginning February 8 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.


 

2014-2015 season

College Community Chorus

Our Annual Thanksgiving concert celebration, featuring Middlebury composer Sam Guarnaccia's Emergent Universe Oratorio.

Sunday afternoon, Nov.23
,
3:00 pm
Mead Chapel, free

Mother's Day
Weekend Concerts
Saturday, May 9
7:30 pm
a special performance
at the Brandon Town Hall
(donations benefit
ongoing renovations)

Sunday afternoon, May 10
,
3:00 pm
Mead Chapel, free



Our Spring 2015 program

Our Mother's Day weekend concerts are just around the corner, at the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday evening, May 9, at 7:30 pm and on Sunday afternoon, May 10, 3:00 pm in Mead Chapel on the College campus.

The program features two works scored for choir, piano and strings, by one of the choruses favorite new composers, Ola Gjeilo: Dark Night of the Soul on a text from the 16th-century by Saint John of the Cross, and Luminous Night of the Soul with a text written for Gjeilo by American poet Charles Anthony Silvestri. These pieces were composed in 2010 and 2011. These spell-binding works feature a rhythmic and dynamic piano part, performed by Tim Guiles, while chorus and strings (Dieuwke Davydov, cello;  Hilary Hatch, violin; Anne Kowalski, violin; Molly Bidwell, viola) and soprano soloist Samantha Allman '16 provide rich melodic and harmonic color.

We'll open with Come, gentle spring! by renowned classical composer Franz Josef Haydn. The choir will offer two songs by Gwyneth Walker (who until recently made her home in Vermont) on the poetry of e.e. cummings: spring!; I carry your heart. Like the pieces by Gjeilo in this program, these works will showcase the piano part, played by our wonderful pianist Tim Guiles. 

And, as a special treat, Tim Guiles will lead the chorus a wonderful a cappella arrangement of the traditional Shaker tune, Simple Gifts, with afro-jazz rhtyhms and harmonies as lower voices sing "cheza ngoma" (Swahili for "dance and sing"), while upper voices perform a syncopated variation of the well-known Shaker song.


Middlebury's Annual Messiah Sing

Dec. 20, 2015, at 2:00pm at the Middlebury Congregational Church (corner of Route 7 and Main St.)

Messiah Sing

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 in recent years by Larry Hamberlin.

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
For unto us a child is born
Glory to God
Surely he hath borne our grief
All we like sheep
Lift up your heads
Hallelujah
Since by man came death
Worthy is the Lamb...Amen


College Community Chorus brings together town and gown

One of the ways that town and gown come together in Middlebury is through the 100-member College Community Chorus, headed up by Jeff Rehbach, who works in LIS. On Tuesday and Sunday evenings during the fall and spring semesters, a couple of dozen students -- some who love singing, others singing in a choir for the first time -- join folks from throughout the greater Addison County area (including College staff and alumni) to share in the experience of making music together.