Auditions Schedule Fall 2014

Students are strongly encouraged to audition early in the first week of classes. 

The choral audition schedule is posted on the bulletin board by room 307 in the Mahaney Center for the Arts (music department office area). Walk-ins are welcome if time is available.

You may email Professor Buettner to arrange a time outside this schedule if necessary.

All Auditions in MCA 315 (Mahaney Center for the Arts, 3rd floor)

Monday, September 8

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Tuesday, September 9

by appointment

Wednesday, September 10

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Thursday, September 11

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Friday, September 12

by appointment

For a time different than above please contact Professor Buettner.

Call back auditions will be scheduled from 4:30-6:30 PM Monday, September 15.

This schedule is subject to change unless you have an audition time confirmed. 


This page may be accessed via: go/choralauditions

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


Auditions Schedule Fall 2014

Students are strongly encouraged to audition early in the first week of classes. 

The choral audition schedule is posted on the bulletin board by room 307 in the Mahaney Center for the Arts (music department office area). Walk-ins are welcome if time is available.

You may email Professor Buettner to arrange a time outside this schedule if necessary.

All Auditions in MCA 315 (Mahaney Center for the Arts, 3rd floor)

Monday, September 8

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Tuesday, September 9

by appointment

Wednesday, September 10

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Thursday, September 11

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Friday, September 12

by appointment

For a time different than above please contact Professor Buettner.

Call back auditions will be scheduled from 4:30-6:30 PM Monday, September 15.

This schedule is subject to change unless you have an audition time confirmed. 


This page may be accessed via: go/choralauditions

Middlebury Bach Festival April 24-26, 2015

Jeffrey Buettner, Music Director

Friday, April 24

8:00 PM Opening Concert
Mead Memorial Chapel
Axiom Brass

Tickets available at the Box Office, $25/20/6. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Office of the President of Middlebury College.


Saturday, April 25

10:00 AM Interest Session 1
"Chant in the Organ Works of J. S. Bach"

Dr. William Tortolano, Guest Lecturer

Room 125, Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts

Free

11:00 AM Interest Session 2
"Rhetoric in the Early Cantatas of J. S. Bach"

Jeffrey Thomas, Guest Conductor

Room 125, Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts

Free

Jeffrey Thomas

3:00 PM Carillon Recital
Mead Chapel Lawn

George Matthew, Jr., carillonneur

Enjoy the performance on the lawn around the Chapel.

Free

6:00 PM Bach at 51 Main

Eric Despard, guitarist

51 Main at the Bridge, Downtown Middlebury

Free

8:00 PM Festival Concert

Jeffrey Thomas, Guest Conductor

Concert Hall, Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Cantatas of J. S. Bach

BWV 12, Weinen, klagen, sorgen, sagen, cantata for Jubilate

BWV 106, Actus tragicus, funeral cantata

BWV 182, Himmelskönig, sei willkommen, cantata for Palm Sunday

Festival orchestra, soloists and the Middlebury College Choir

Tickets available at the Box Office and at the door, $12/10/students free with ID


Sunday, April 26

Bach in Area Congregations 

3:00 PM Chamber Music

Concert Hall, Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts

Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227

Free

Under the direction of Jeffrey Buettner, the Middlebury College Choir sings music of major styles and time periods of the choral canon, folk music, world music, American music and new compositions. College Choir performs choral-orchestral works with student instrumentalists, and student soloists are featured frequently. Recent repertoire includes "Ascension Oratorio" by J.S. Bach, "Rejoice in the Lamb" by Benjamin Britten, "Triptych" by Tarik O'Regan, "Fest- und Gedenksprüche" by Johannes Brahms, "Winging Wildly" by Kirke Mechem, Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, "The King Shall Rejoice" by G. F. Handel, Missa Brevis in B Flat by Wolfgang Mozart, "Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein, Iranian folk and classical music, African American spirituals and American folk song.
 
The Middlebury College Choir performs concerts each semester, including as the resident ensemble of the Middlebury Bach Festival, and sings for formal College functions. In recent years the Senior Week Choral Concert has become an annual favorite of the college and community audience.
 
The College Choir tours domestically and internationally, including Berlin, Leipzig, Prague and Vienna in May-June 2014. The Choir has recently toured to Montréal in 2013, Monterey and San Francisco in 2011, and to Hartford, Boston and New York City in 2009. Click here for more information about the Europe tour.

Rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Mead Chapel.

For information, please contact the Music Department or email/call Jeffrey Buettner, (802) 443-5938.

Auditions

Please see the auditions web page (go/choralauditions) or contact Director of Choral Activities Jeffrey Buettner for information.

Martin Luther King Choir

 

Martin Luther King Day concert choir and dancers, 2009

The Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir, directed by Twilight Scholar Francois Clemmons, is made up of students, faculty, staff, and members of the Addison County Community. This year's performance will be Monday, January 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm at Mead Memorial Chapel. Admission is free. This performance is part of a weekend of events honoring Martin Luther King.

 

Jeffrey Buettner

Director of Choral Activities

Associate Professor of Music

 
 work802.443.5938
 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1:30-2:30 or by appointment

Women's Glee Club

Women's Glee Club sings a cappella and accompanied music of many genres including popular, world music, folk, classical and new music. Come join us! Glee rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 PM in Mead Chapel. Glee performs in music department choral concerts and for Middlebury area community outreach events each semester. For more information contact Jeff Buettner, conductor at buettner@middlebury.edu or x5938.

 

Women's Glee 4

 

 

Womens Glee

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


Choral Ensembles

Choir Fall 2010

Middlebury College offers auditioned and non-auditioned vocal ensembles and exciting performance opportunities every semester.

Choral ensembles at Middlebury perform on campus, in the community, and tour regionally.

The nearly 100 years of choral music at Middlebury include the College Choir and the College-Community Chorus.

Interested in applying to Middlebury? Contact Jeff Buettner to talk about music and choral singing opportunities.

Choral music in the air at Middlebury, and on tour of Northeast

The College Choir embarked on a highly successful tour of Connecticut, Boston and New York City over spring break, April 21-26, 2009. The tour included concerts at the phenomenal Trinity Church in the City of Boston, St. Michael's Church on 99th Street in Manhattan, and the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Central Park. The choir sang contemporary choral music, madrigals, and folk music, and a short choral drama featured several Middlebury student soloists. The trip also included a visit to an alum's high school chorus, and joint concerts with Saengerfest Men's Chorus in Boston, the United Nations International School Chamber Ensemble, and Philip Hamilton '82 and his a cappella project, Voices. The choir gave a home concert of the tour program on March 30 at Middlebury. 

2008-2009 marks the successful establishment of two new Music Department ensembles, the Men's and Women's Glee Clubs. The men's group offers a department ensemble singing group for men to learn vocal technique and a variety of repertoire, as well as ensemble singing. The women's group grew to 15 members this year and performed selections from "Gloria" by the 17th century master Antonio Vivaldi, with chamber orchestra, as well as several modern pieces and adaptations of international folk music. The Women's Glee Club is conducted by Jessica Allen. With the addition of the Glees, the Middlebury Music Department now has more students singing in ensembles than in the past several years, mostly students who have little or no contact with the department outside of those ensembles.

In May the College Choir performed five Ukrainian Romani songs, with several Middlebury student soloists and a student guitarist. The songs arrangements are the result of field research by Director of Choral Activities Jeffrey Buettner, who returns to Ukraine in June to share the recordings of the College Choir with Romani musicians there. Also on the program were three songs for chorus and piano by Johannes Brahms.

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.