The Keene Chorale

Our 38th Season

About Us

Begun in 1979 with a handful of choristers, The Keene Chorale has grown to an eighty-voice chorus known for the range and quality of its sound. A true cross-generational ensemble, we are composed of singers of all ages and from many walks of life across the Monadnock region, as well as local high school and Keene State College singers. The Chorale provides the inspiration and enlightenment of fine choral music for the enjoyment of the people of Keene New Hampshire and its environs. For its non-professional members, it offers an exciting and enriched learning opportunity for those interested in realizing their musical potential. The Keene Chorale concerts, featuring sixty to eighty singers along with instrumentalists and frequent soloists, are given twice a year in mid-December and mid-April with rehearsals beginning in early September and early January, respectively.

Cailin Marcel Manson, Music Director

Cailin Marcel Manson, Music DirectorBaritone and conductor, and a Philadelphia native, Cailin has toured as a performer and master teacher at major concert venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia with many organizations, including the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Taipei Philharmonic, Bayerische Staatsoper – Münchner Opernfestspiele, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo, Konservatorium Oslo, and the Conservatoire de Luxembourg. He has also been a guest cantor at some of the world’s most famous churches and cathedrals, including Notre DameSacré-Coeur, and La Madeleine in Paris, San Marco in Venice, Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, San Salvatore in Montalcino, Santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome, Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche in Leipzig, and Wieskirche in Steingaden.

Cailin has held positions as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, Music Director of the Vorarlberger Musikfest, Music Director and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Symphony of Atlantic City, Chair of Vocal Studies at the Hazleton Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and as a member of the voice faculty of both the Napoli School of Music and Dance and the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary.

Cailin is currently Director of the Germantown Institute for the Vocal Arts, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Germantown Concert Chorus and the Germantown Choral Festival, Music Director of the Bennington County Choral Society and the Director of Music at The Putney School.

A graduate of the Esther Boyer College of Music of Temple University, he also received Magister degrees in orchestral conducting and opera from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria.

Vladimir Odinokikh, Rehearsal Pianist

Vladimir Odinokikh began piano lessons at the age of four and, as a youth, his education and world revolved around the piano. He received his training at some of Russia’s finest music institutes – the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Gnessin Institute of Moscow. Competitions and festivals included the First Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, the Russia National Competition (prize), Chamber Music Competition of Soviet Composers (first prize), and numerous collaborative competitions including the Tchaikovsky and Oistrach International Competitions. His reputation as a soloist and chamber musician developed as he performed with leading Soviet artists and the prestigious Rosconcert and National Philharmonic of Moscow, Russia’s premier performance organizations, performing both nationally and internationally. After Perestroika, when Soviet borders fell and international travel became less restrictive, Mr. Odinokikh traveled to Mexico where he spent five years performing and teaching.

He taught at the Ippolitov-Ivanov College of Music in Moscow, was a professor at the Alicia Urreta Center of the Arts in Mexico City, and professor and Artist-in-Residence at the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelios, Mexico. The piano, which he fell in love with as a young child, has taken him around the world. He currently resides in Richmond, NH, maintains a private piano studio in Keene, teaches at the Pakachoag Music School in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is the organist/accompanist at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church. Mr. Odinokikh is the Keene Chorale’s rehearsal pianist and has been a featured soloist at several of our concerts.