Join the Bennington County Choral Society for our next program of music by Vaughan Williams and Bernstein

On Monday, February 1, we begin rehearsals for our next concert program, featuring two 20th century choral masterpieces: Dona Nobis Pacem, by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the Chichester Psalms, by American conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein.

The concerts will take place on May 14 and 15, led by our music director, Cailin Marcel Manson.

Bennington County Choral Society rehearses at Second Congregational Church, located on Hillside St in Bennington, Mondays from 7 to 9 pm.

Come early on February 1 to register for the spring program. The fee for participating is $35, which covers the cost of music scores, our director, accompanist, concert musicians and hall rentals for this, the second half of our 2015-2016 season.

If you need more information, call Linda Putney at 802-442-8829.

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Join us for grand French music on Dec. 5, 6 and 12 featuring full orchestra, guest choristers and soloists

December 2015

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An exciting 2015-16 season includes great choral works from both sides of the Atlantic

The Bennington County Choral Society and music director Cailin Marcel Manson in full Broadway flight at the Bennington Center for the Arts on May 3, 2015.

The Bennington County Choral Society and music director Cailin Marcel Manson in rehearsal last spring.

The Bennington County Choral Society is offering two concerts of big, bold choral works from France, England and the United States for its 2015-16 season.

We’re presenting our fall program on December 5, 6, with a third concert in Putney, VT on December 12. We’re calling it “Music of the French Cathedrals.” It will feature the much-loved Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, and the Gloria by Francis Poulenc.

Rehearsals begin on Monday, September 14, at 7 pm, at Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street, in Bennington. (Please arrive early to allow time for registration.)

Our spring program will be presented on two dates: May 14 and 15, 2016. Entitled “Cries of War, Hopes for Peace,” this program includes Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.

Rehearsals for the spring concerts are scheduled to begin on Monday, February 1, at 7 pm, at Second Congregational Church.

It costs $35 per program to join the choral society — $60 to sing in both the fall and spring programs. For more details on who we are and what we do, please check the other information found on this website.

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Budding classical guitarist and pianist win 2015 Bennington County Choral Society Scholarships

Colby Masse, a senior at Mt Greylock Regional Hig School performs for the audience and Bennincgont County Choral Society judges at on May 13, 2015. The self-taught classical guitarist's program included his own re-imagining of the opening movement of Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata.

Colby Masse, a senior at Mt Greylock Regional High School performs for the audience and three Bennington County Choral Society judges at on May 13, 2015. The self-taught classical guitarist’s program included his own re-imagining of the opening movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata.

The judges at the Bennington County Choral Society Scholarship auditions — Joe Schaaf, Lucille Croscup, and Bruce Lee-Clark — had a tough job on May 13 as four talented and hard-working student musicians competed for two $400 scholarships. Although there were six applicants originally, two backed out before audition day.

The audience at Second Congregational Church in Bennington had an opportunity to hear wonderful performances by the four who auditioned.


Patrick James Staples, a sophomore at Long Trail School in Dorset, VT, performed challenging Preludes by Frederic Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninov.

The winners were Patrick James Staples, piano, a sophomore at Long Trail School, and Colby Masse, guitar, a senior at Mt. Greylock Regional High School. They each received $400 to help further their musical educations.

Both young talents will also get to perform at the next Bennington County Choral Society concert, in December.


Proud BCCS Scholarship winners Colby Masse, left, and Patrick James Staples.

Many, many thanks to Paul Lambert who managed the scholarship program this year, and to Suzanne Jones, Amber Leavitt, Diane Morris, and John and Pat VanVoorhis for providing refreshments.

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Concert: 100 Years of Broadway!

The Bennington County Choral Society presents “100 Years of Broadway”!

Saturday May 2: Pre-concert Talk at 6:45pm | Concert at 7:30pm
Mack Performing Arts Center, Arlington Memorial High School, Arlington VT

Sunday May 3: Pre-concert Talk at 2:15pm | Concert at 3:00pm
Bennington Center for the Arts, Gypsy Lane, Bennington VT

Ticket prices: $15 general public, $10 students with current student ID (at the door only).
Tickets are available from Chorus members, The Bennington Bookshop, or at the door.

For more information, call Linda Putney: (802) 442-8829

100 Years of Broadway

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Our December 2014 Concert!

Concert poster, December 2014

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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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