The Keene Chorale


Our 40th Season, 2018 – 2019

The Keene Chorale, winner of the 2018 Ewing Award for performance art, will present two concerts for our 40th Anniversary year.


My Soul Doth Magnify
Sunday, December 9 at 2 PM, St. Bernard Church, Keene NH
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat
with soloists Pamela Stevens ~ mezzo-soprano, Iris Fairfax ~ soprano, Hagar Ada ~ soprano, Thomas Gregg ~ tenor, Nicholas Tocci ~ baritone
The Many Moods of Christmas, Suites One and Two
arranged by Robert Russell Bennett.
Conducted by Cailin Marcel Manson, Music Director

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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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40th Anniversary Concert

Sunday, May 5 2019, at the Redfern Center, Keene State College
The Keene Chorale will present Mass by Leonard Bernstein
In celebration of the 100th Birthday of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.
Directed by Cailin Marcel Manson

Leonard Bernstein talk
Allen Shawn, professor at Bennington College, and author of the book Bernstein: An American Musician, will have an informal chat with Music Director Cailin Marcel Manson, as part of the lead-up to the Mass performance. Details tba.