The Keene Chorale



We will be singing Handel’s Messiah (all three sections), with two performances in December.


Our first rehearsal of the season is this Tuesday, September 14, at 7 PM (sharp) at the Blastos Room in the Keene Ice Arena. 

Doors will open at 6:30 for registration. We will require all singers to be fully vaccinated and for you to show us your vaccination cards. You only need to do this the first rehearsal you sing with us – if you have joined us for either of the two open rehearsals then you don’t need to bring your cards. No exceptions please as we are committed to rehearsing in a safe environment for all.

Please register beforehand. If you don’t want to pay your dues via the website, you can bring a check or cash on Tuesday. If you need financial assistance for the membership dues, please email Don LeRoy directly at

Music We will be using the G. Shirmer score for the Messiah, and we ask that you bring your own copy. If you do not have your own copy yet, you can order yours at Amazon for $8.99.

We would like to express our wholehearted thanks to our members, and to the local business community for their ongoing support of The Chorale. Given the severe financial strain these businesses are experiencing, our gratitude is all the more heartfelt.

Our gratitude to the following businesses and organizations for their support:

Bill Davis Chair Caning
C & S Wholesale Grocers Inc.
Carbone’s Window & Awning
Carin Torp Healing Arts
Clark – Mortenson Insurance
Country Life Restaurant
Deep Roots Massage and Body Works
Fenton Family Dealerships
G&R Autoworks
Hastings Dental Health
Karl Roberts – Cuts for Men
Keep ‘Em Healthy Veterinary Clinic
Matthew J. Cielinski, DMD
Monadnock AGO
Nissan of Keene
Parish of the Holy Spirit
Richard P. Drew, LLC
Rowan Tree Crafts
Savings Bank of Walpole
Swanzey Oil Company
Targett Cleaners
Thai Garden
The Frank Massin Agency, Inc.
The Kingsbury Fund
The Toadstool Bookshops
Timoleon’s Restaurant
Walier Chevrolet
Welnak Dental

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Singing with The Keene Chorale is OPEN TO ALL
We are a welcoming non-auditioned chorus, and our members include singers with a wide range of musical and life experience, from high schoolers to octogenarians. It’s not unusual for folks who haven’t sung since high school or college, or who really just like to sing, to become part of our musical family. Not everyone comes to us reading music. As long as you can carry a tune and learn to stay on pitch, that’s fine with us. If you’re not sure if you are a soprano or alto, tenor or bass, we’ll help you figure it out.

We all begin each semester at the same place: the beginning!
As a new member you can expect to feel welcomed the first time you walk in the door. We know we have a (well deserved) reputation for musical excellence and exciting performances, but we do not consider ourselves elitist or exclusive. Performance excellence comes from our shared journey each semester, from the hard work (and fun) under the leadership of Music Director Cailin Marcel Manson. Along the way we learn quite a bit about our voices and the pieces we perform, and have a really good time doing it, starting with the first note of our warmup!

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