The Keene Chorale


The Keene Chorale featured on NH Chronicle!

R. Nathaniel Dett
(Image courtesy of the R. Nathaniel Dett Collection, Eastman School of Music)

“The voices of The Keene Chorale” aired last night on WMUR’s NH Chronicle. The program followed Maestro Cailin Marcel Manson and the Chorale singers from late winter rehearsals to the May 1 New England Premiere performance of R. Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses.
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The Keene Chorale, under the direction of Maestro Manson, presented the rarely heard oratorio The Ordering of Moses by R. Nathaniel Dett. Mr. Dett (1882-1943), a noted black Canadian-American composer, used spirituals and gospel songs as his inspiration for this work which tells of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.

The Chorale was joined by the New England Repertory Orchestra, the Clark University Chamber Chorus, and nationally recognized African-American soloists Maria Clark, soprano, Crystal Charles, mezzo soprano, Albert Lee, tenor, and Richard Lindsey, baritone.

This performance of The Ordering of Moses was funded in part by a 2021 Alfred Nash Patterson grant from Choral Arts New England as the Saxton Family grant for 2021, as well as grants from The NH Charitable Foundation’s Putnam Foundation, and The Frederick Smyth Institute of Music.

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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