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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

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 221, 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 221, 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 106, Actus tragicus, funeral cantata

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

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

Festival orchestra, soloists and the Middlebury College Choir,
Jeffrey Buettner, conductor

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 may take place in the Concert Hall, Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts, or in Mead Memorial Chapel.

Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227

Free

Chichester Psalms
The Chichester Psalms, by Leonard Bernstein

Performance: Sunday, March 7, 2010, Mead Memorial Chapel

Discussion: Thursday, March 4, 2010, Chateau Grand Salon

College choirs from Middlebury College, St. Michael's College and Castleton State College join to present this masterwork by Leonard Bernstein in his orchestration for for chorus, soloists, harp, organ and percussion.  Sung in Hebrew, the piece is challenging vocally and instrumentally with vivid and intensely dramatic interpretation of the highly emotional Psalm texts. The concert also features each collaborating choir in solo performances. Concerts are also given at Grace Church in Rutland (Friday March 5, 7:30 PM), and the Chapel of St. Michael's College in Colchester (Saturday March 6, 3:00 PM).  Admission is free.

Join Choral Director Jeff Buettner and Rabbi Ira Schiffer in a conversation about the piece on Thursday, March 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the Chateau Grand Salon.  Cookies and coffee will be served.

Ira and Jeff will present musical and textual connections in this fascinating and exciting piece, which was commissioned with an expressed interest that it contain “a hint of ‘West Side Story’ in the music.” A discussion of the Psalms will be accompanied by selections of the music, including audio and video recordings and a brief performance by members of the College Choir.

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.

College Choir performs its spring tour program in campus concert

The College Choir tour program is a collection of exciting, dramatic, though-provoking and fun music for a cappella chorus. Exquisite madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi and Thomas Morely are coupled with the tempestuous and playful French choruses from “The Lark,” by Leonard Bernstein. An ensemble committed to understanding between people of different cultures, College Choir sings sentimental, humorous, spiritual and celebratory music from folk traditions of the Americas, Europe and the Far East. A Spiritual arranged by Middlebury’s Francois Clemmons is prelude to two works by Kirke Mechem, “I Know What the Caged Bird Feels” and “Everyone Sang,” settings of poetry by Paul Lawrence Dunbar and Siegfried Sassoon that capture musically both the pain of persecution and the triumph of freedom.