Meetinghouse Chorale

The Meetinghouse Chorale is an intergenerational community choir that specializes in performing large-scale sacred and secular choral music, sometimes accompanied by an orchestra. Last fall, the Chorale sang the first part of Handel's Messiah and then performed a combined concert with the Orange Congregational Church Choir in April.  This year, the Chorale will participate in two concerts.   In November, the Chorale will commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by presenting the works of Bach and Brahms and in April, they will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the composition of Randall Thompson's famous Frostiana by presenting the work in concert. This ensemble is open to all ages and abilities Grades 9 and up.

This group traditionally fields a large and healthy choral body that we then support with a partial or full orchestra.  We always are looking for new members, both within the First Church community and from outside it.  We seek to engage the community both through their participation in the ensemble and through their attendance to come hear these magnificent works. Previous experience singing is helpful, but not required; just come because you love to sing and we will take care of the rest. 

Below, please find information on rehearsal schedule and resources for preparation.  With precious little time to prepare for each concert, consistent attendance is crucial to our success.  However, we also try to be flexible to people's schedules and offer Sundays for those who cannot regularly make the Wednesday evenings (i.e. choirs from other churches).  We rehearse Wednesday evenings during our Fall and Spring seasons.  We generally take a recess between our Fall Concert and January and then Summer recess at the conclusion of the Spring Concert.  We encourage all members to also consider participating in other First Church groups. 

Contact Daniel Brownell with any questions and/or to be put on the MHC blast email list so you can keep up with updates and developments.  

Rehearsal Schedule:

  Wednesdays-6:45-7:45pm (starting September 6-November 15, 2017 and January 17-April 11, 2018)

  Sundays- 2:00-4:30- September 24, October 15, Nov. 5, 2017 and January 28, February 18, March 18, 2018 (subject to change)

Concerts and Dress Rehearsals

   Fall Showcase Concert- Saturday November 18, 2017, 4pm;

             Call time for Chorale: 3pm

      Dress Rehearsal:  Friday November 17, 2017, 6-9pm

    Spring Showcase Concert- Saturday April 14, 2018, 7pm;

             Call time for Chorale 6pm

       Dress Rehearsal: Friday April 13, 2018, 6-9pm


B minor Mass- Jon Eliot Gardiner

Kyrie Eleison- Chorus

Christe Eleison-  Soprano Duet

Kyrie Eleison-  Chorus

Gloria in excelsis Deo/Et in Terra Pax-   Chorus

Laudamus Te-  Soprano II Aria

Gratias Agimus-  Chorus

Domine Deus- Soprano and Tenor Duet

Qui Tollis- Chorus

Qui Sedes ad dextram- Soprano Aria

Quoniam- Bass Aria

Cum Sancto Spirito-  Chorus

Crucifixus- Chorus

Et in Spiritum Sanctum-  Bass Aria

Dona Nobis Pacem-  Chorus

Brahms-  German Requiem

Wie Lieblich sind Deine Wohnungen-  Chorus

Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit-  Soprano and Chorus

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