BCCS Welcomes New Director!

After a lengthy search to replace its retiring director, Edwin Lawrence, the Bennington County Choral Society has named its new director. Cailin Marcel Manson, of Putney, Vermont, will take the reins of the chorus, which has a long history in the area.

Cailin Marcel MansonMr. Manson came to Vermont from his native Philadelphia, where he worked to increase community involvement in music by creating performance and training opportunities for singers and musicians of mixed experience. He is the founding director and conductor of the Germantown Concert Chorus, as well as the Germantown Institute for the Vocal Arts.  Mr. Manson has worked with ensembles both nationally and internationally. He is presently the Director of Music at the Putney School.

A graduate of the Esther Boyer College of Music of Temple University, Mr. Manson also received a Magister in orchestral conducting and opera from the Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria. 

The Bennington County Choral Society will begin rehearsals for its December concert, The Majesty of Music, under the direction of Mr. Manson on September 8. Choral pieces by Handel, Vaughn Williams, and Rutter will be featured.  Singers from ages 15 and up are invited to come to an orientation on August 23 from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 108 School St. in Bennington to get acquainted with the new director and the music for this concert.  There is no cost for this orientation, and no obligation.  More information can be obtained by calling Linda Putney at 802-442-8829.

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BCCS concert: April 2014

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Call for Singers: Spring 2014 Concert

Call for singers!

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Folk Masses from Two Worlds
Featuring Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez and Schubert’s Mass in G.

The primary focus of the Bennington County Choral Society is to promote choral singing. Men and women (ages 15 and up) who love singing are encouraged to join.

No auditions necessary! (Must be able to match a pitch)

Rehearsals: Monday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 PM,  Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street, Bennington.* The first rehearsal will be Monday, February 3rd.

Our spring program will be held on April 26 and 27, 2014.

Please come at 6:45 PM to allow time for registration and payment of membership dues ($30 per concert; free for students with ID).

We look forward to seeing you!

*Regular attendance of rehearsals is expected.

For more information call Linda Putney, 802-442-8829

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Announcing Our Fall 2013 Concert!

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Bennington County Choral Society

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Raise the Song

 Celebrate the cycle of fall holidays!

   Directed by

Edwin I. Lawrence and Lynn Sweet
with the Mount Anthony Chamber Singers

Second Congregational Church
Hillside Street
Bennington, VT

Saturday, November 23, 2013  7:30 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2013  3 PM

Tickets available at the door $15.00
and at Bennington Bookshop

Corporate Sponsors: The Bank of Bennington and Wills Insurance

Church is handicapped accessible

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Mark Your Calendars…

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A Patchwork of
American Folk Songs

 Bennington County Choral Society
Edwin Lawrence, director

Saturday June 15, 2013 – 8 pm
Sunday June 16, 2013 – 3 pm

Second Congregational Church
Hillside St, Bennington, VT

Tickets: $15 at door
Handicap accessible

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BCCS Scholarship Winners Announced!

The BCCS 2013 Scholarship Auditions were held on Tuesday May 7 at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington.trophy

Eight students competed this year for two $400 scholarships to help defray the cost of music lessons: six vocal performers, one tuba player, and one tympanist. Thanks to all eight competitors – they were all excellent candidates!

The Winners:
Nolan Downey, Sophmore at Mt. Anthony Union HS – TUBA
Arianna Besahra, Senior at Mt. Greylock Regional HS – VOICE

Many thanks to our judges: Bruce Lee-Clark, Sharon Yarnall and Lucille Croscup.

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Call for singers!

Introducing Our Spring 2013 Program:

A Patchwork of American Folk Songs
June 15 & 16

patchwork quiltThe broad selection of pieces will include humorous songs, sea chanteys, ballads, and a spiritual or two, in arrangements by composers including Aaron Copland, Alice Parker, Robert de Cormier, Emma Lou Diemer and Ulysses Kay, and others.

No auditions necessary! (Must be able to match a pitch.) First rehearsal will be Monday, April 1, and will be held regularly on Monday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, at the Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street, Bennington. Please come at 6:45 PM to allow time for registration and payment of membership dues ($25 per concert, or $10 for students with ID).

We look forward to singing with you!

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