2016-2017 Season Announced

Music selections for our upcoming season (Fall 2016 to Spring 2017) have been announced by Cailin Manson Marcel Manson, BCCS Music Director:

December, 2016 concert, entitled Rejoice! Exact date to be determined:
Rehearsals typically begin in September. Exact date to be determined.
The program will include a chamber ensemble.

First Half:
• Handel — Dixit Dominus (solos to come from within the chorus)
Second Half:
• Haydn — The Heavens Are Telling from The Creation (solos to come from within the chorus)
• Robert Shaw / Robert Russell Bennett — The Many Moods of Christmas, Suite Four
(Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light, The First Nowell, O Little Town of Bethlehem, I Saw Three Ships, Deck The Halls)
• Handel — Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah

In Spring, 2017, we have two projects, which we will work on simultaneously — and we will get the challenge of being an opera chorus, in concert.
Rehearsals typically begin in January. Exact date to be determined.

First Project, early April, 2017. Exact date to de determined:
• Mozart’s Idomeneo, performed in collaboration with the Music and Drama Departments of Bennington College (presented with classical orchestra)
— We will perform five or six major choral movements in this work; all of them gems; and we’ll get to be a dramatic character in the drama!
— And it’s Mozart!
— Most likely to be presented in Greenwall Auditorium at Bennington College.

Second Project, May 5 and 6, 2017:
• Beethoven Concert, performed in collaboration with the Springfield Community Chorus in honor of their 50th Anniversary (with full orchestra).
— Beethoven – Symphony No. 9  An die Freude
— (possibly another shorter piece by Beethoven or Mendelssohn)
• One of the performances will be presented in Bennington.


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2016-2017 Board Members Announced

• The BCCS Annual Meeting was held June 18, 2016, during which the following board officers were elected:

Jana Lillie, president

Patricia Gardner, vice president

Lori Jerome, secretary

• New board members: Laurie Gormley, Matt Edwards, Stephanie Paul and Chris Richmond

• Continuing board members:

John VanVoorhis, treasurer

Janice Leslie, membership

Shauna Del Prete, librarian

Dolores Kimball, tickets

Ron Bovie, Michael Downs, Tim Finney and Linda Sherman White

• Many thanks to outgoing board members:

Jamie Franklin, Susan Lamb and Linda Putney

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2016 Scholarship Winners Announced

2016 BCCS Scholarship Winner Photo PR

Left to right: violinist Mercer Greenwald, vocalist Nicole Jones and vocalist Garrett Derosia.

The Bennington County Choral Society is pleased to announce that three musicians from area high schools received awards at the BCCS 2016 Music Scholarship Auditions, held Monday, May 16, at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington, Vermont.

Mercer Greenwald, a junior at Mt. Greylock Regional School in Williamstown, Massachusetts, was awarded a $500 scholarship for her viola solo of Jules Massenet’s Meditation de Thais and Courante from “Solo Cello Suite No. 1” by J.S. Bach.

Nicole Jones, a senior at Mt. Greylock Regional School, received a $500 scholarship for her vocal performance of Long Time Ago by Aaron Copland and Stephen Sondheim’s Children Will Listen.

Vocalist Garrett Derosia, a senior at Mt. Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vermont, performed Leonard Bernstein’s Simple Song and Gabriel Faure’s Les Berceaux. He was presented with a $100 special recognition award.

This year’s audience was also treated to highly-talented vocal and instrumental performances from Sebastian Durfee and Kevin Gorry of Mount Anthony Union High School; Patrick Staples of the Long Trail School in Dorset, Vermont; Emily Williams from Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vermont; and Danielle St. Hilaire and Renee St. Hilaire of the Hoosick Falls (New York) Central School.

The 40th anniversary of the Bennington County Choral Society  will be observed in 2017. Since 1977, BCCS scholarships have encouraged future artists by providing financial support for the continued study of music. To date, nearly $27,000 has been awarded to 91 aspiring high school musicians from Bennington County and neighboring communities in Vermont; Cambridge, Hoosick, Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, New York; and North Adams and Williamstown, Massachusetts.

For additional information on the Bennington County Choral Society 2017 Scholarship Audition, please contact Paul Lambert.


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2016 Spring Concert Details


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Update: 2016 Scholarship Audition


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BCCS to Attend Great Day of Singing 2016 in Rutland VT

Approximately 50 BCCS chorus members will participate in Great Day of Singing 2016, held at Grace Congregational Church, 8 Court Street in Rutland, Vermont, on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Orchestrated by the Vermont American Choral Directors Association, the annual event includes vocal tips for choristers; demonstrations by local / regional choirs and choral groups; and workshops for singers, conductors and music directors.

Headlining the day will be Cailin Marcel Manson, founding director and conductor of the Germantown Concert Chorus and Germantown Institute for the Choral Arts.  Mr. Manson has worked with ensembles both nationally and internationally. He is presently the Director of Music at the Putney School, and, since 2014, Music Director of the Bennington County Choral Society. The baritone and conductor has toured major concert venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia with many organizations as a performer and master teacher. Mr. Manson has held positions as artistic director and conductor of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, music director of the Vorarlberger Musikfest, music director and conductor laureate of the Chamber Symphony of Atlantic City, chairman of vocal studies at the Hazleton Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and as a member of the voice faculty of both the Napoli School of Music and Dance and the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary. He is a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians and the Conductors Guild. 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.

Workshops, demonstrations and performances are free and open to the public. All teens and adults who enjoy listening to, conducting or singing choral music are invited to attend — participants of all skill levels are welcome. Hours are 9:30 AM to approximately 3:00 PM. Lunch may be purchased on site, at several nearby restaurants or bring your own. For those who wish, contributions are welcome at the door.

To download a PDF schedule of the day click

For more information on Great Day of Singing 2016 please visit http://vtacda.org/2016/03/03/great-day-of-singing-2016-schedule-details/

The mission of the American Choral Directors Association is “to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.” For more information on Vermont ACDA and the American Choral Directors Association, please visit http://vtacda.org

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Venues Announced for Spring Concerts

BCCS presents Cries of War, Hopes for Peace featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams:

Saturday, May 14, 2016: 7:30 PM at First Congregational Church, Manchester, Vermont, Route 7A opposite the Equinox.

Sunday, May 15, 2016: 3:00 PM at Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont, on Gypsy lane at VT Route 9.

Arrive approximately 45 minutes before each performance to attend an informal, entertaining and informative pre-concert discussion held by Music Director and Conductor Cailin Manson. Why do we sing what we sing today? Come and learn.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the door and from concert singers.

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