COVID-19: Essential Information

College Community Chorus

 Fall 2022 STUDENTS:

We are working on a solution for students of College Community Chorus to meet together Tuesay evenings, 6:30-8:00 PM, in The Chapel. Please contact Jeff Buettner if you are interested!


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 note that our 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. 

"I am so happy I decided to take choir. I would definitely recommend it! 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... 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."

Open to all college students, adults, and high school students who love to sing, without audition. Email Jeff Buettner for more information, or simply come to a rehearsal! 

Note: Middlebury College students may optionally take Chorus for credit over two semesters as a fifth course, MUSC0205C. You must register in the second semester, by instructor approval. Along with singing in rehearsal and performance, the credit includes listening and writing assignments that vary by semester.

College Community Chorus rehearsal 

Our Spring 2020 program
We had planned to celebrate conductor Jeff Rehbach's 20 years with the chorus, with favorite pieces from past performancessuggested by our singersin a special 90-minute concert!

College Community Chorus staff faculty studentsFrom among the hundreds of historical and contemporary choral works the community chorus has performed since the year 2000, our choir singers recommended numerous titles that they have particularly enjoyed. Jeff Rehbach then selected over a dozen works for the spring 2020 performances to weave together songs that give voice to the light that love and hope bring to our world. 

Repertoire included:

  • Middlebury composer Peter Hamlin's Reflections of the Sky (written for the College bicentennial in 2000)
  • Sam Guarnaccia's Vida atrevida ("Courageous Life") written for Middlebury's Spanish Language School
  • The Road Not Taken by American composer Randall Thompson
  • Sure on this Shining Night, Morten Lauridsen
  • Randall Stroope's Omnia Sol

The Chorus also hoped to sing some of its favorites from folk and world music traditions.

  • Paul Halley's arrangement of Pete Seeger's To My Old Brown Earth
  • The Seal LullabyEric Whitacre
  • Enjura, an African song that welcomes rain in villages across the landscape
  • Craig Hella Johnson's Let the River Run by Carly Simon, and his arrangement of Requiem by Eliza Gilkyson
  • Kanaval by Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume

The program drew on historic texts that depict charity and love.

  • Set Me as a Seal upon your Heart by Minnesota composer René Clausen
  • Ubi caritas et amor by Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo
  • Lux aeterna, from Mozart's Requiem 

In addition, continuing Jeff Rehbach's commitment to performing recently written works, the choir planned to present pieces by Vermont singer-songwriters who encourage resilience in our time:

  • Stand in That River and Rise To It Now by New Haven native and Bristol resident Moira Smiley
  • Hope Lingers On by Lissa Schneckenburger, who lives in Brattleboro

Middlebury's Annual Messiah Sing

Middlebury Congregational Church (corner of Route 7 and Main St.) 

2021: Sunday afternoon, Dec. 19" canceled due to COVID-19, so that we remain safe.

2020: the Dec. 20, 2020, 2:00pm Sing was CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19.

Watch, listen and sing along with past sings...

Here is our 2009 Sing on YouTube 
recorded at the Middlebury Congregational Church with just a single microphone.
 (Note: this recording is not stereo - that actually can make it easier to sing along, if you listen with headphones, hearing the recording in one ear and  yourself singing in the other!) 
Here is our 2015 Sing on Middlebury Community Television's previous website (recorded by the Congregational Church)

For thirty-five 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.

Next 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; altos Erin Grainger, Louise Whalen Wright, and Heidi Willis; tenors Adam Hall, Joshua Collier, and François Clemmons; baritone and basses Jeff Buettner, Jack DesBois, Jonathon Landell, Joe McVeigh, and Jim Wright. 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 often 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