The Keene Chorale


Our 40th Season, 2018 – 2019

The Keene Chorale, winner of the 2018 Ewing Award for performance art, will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, in celebration of the 100th Birthday of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, on Sunday, May 5 2019 at the Redfern Center, Keene State College, Directed by Cailin Marcel Manson,

Leonard Bernstein talk Sunday April 7, Alumni Center, Keene State College

As part of the lead-up to the May 5 performance of Mass, Allen Shawn, professor of music at Bennington College, and author of the book Bernstein: An American Musician, will have an informal chat with Music Director Cailin Marcel Manson, on Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 PM. It will take place at the Keene State College Alumni Center, 229 Main Street in Keene (on the corner of Main Street and Marlborough Street).

This performance is funded in part by grants from



The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts



The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Putnam Foundation.

Waldo and Alice Ayer Trust, Citizens Bank, N.A. Trustee

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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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