The Keene Chorale


Register to sing with The Keene Chorale | Fall 2023

Welcome!  We are delighted that you are choosing to join us for our Fall 2023 semester. Our December 10 concert will be Carols with Brass (including works by Tomas Luis de Victoria, Handel, Daniel Pinkham and Leroy Anderson). We will follow up with all the details for this semester (including the password for the Member Access page) once you have registered and your dues have been paid.

Our dues are $60 for the fall semester. We are also offering registration for the full year for $100 (a savings of $20). The cost of music for the fall semester only is $27.00. There will be a $3.00 handling charge for online payment.

You may either pay online, at Registration, or mail your check to:

The Keene Chorale
PO Box 250
Keene, NH 03431-0250

In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at

Pay Keene Chorale Dues & Music

Our dues are $60 for the semester or $100 for the full year.
The cost of music for Fall 2023 is $27.
Note: If you think you have some or all of this semester’s music pay only for the dues now, and pay for your music as needed on September 5.
Fall Music:
O Magnum Mysterium by Tomas Victoria – Schirmer
The King shall Rejoice – Coronation Anthem by Handel – Barenreiter
A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson – Alfred
Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham – #602

Total Online payment for Fall 2023 dues & music is $90 (incl the $3.00 PayPal fee).
Total Online payment for Fall 2023 dues only is $63 (incl the $3.00 PayPal fee).

Total Online payment for 2023-2024 dues & Fall 2023 music is $130 (incl the $3.00 PayPal fee).
Total Online payment for 2023-2024 dues only is $103 (incl the $3.00 PayPal fee).

You have the option to check out with PayPal if you have an account, or click on “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” to check out securely as a Guest with PayPal (no account needed).

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An appreciation

Dr. Heffernan served as The Keene Chorale’s Music Director from 1984 to 1999

In 1999 on The Keene Chorale’s Twentieth Anniversary, Dr. Charles Heffernan celebrated fifty years of conducting and his fifteenth year with the Chorale.  We ended a tribute to him with one of his witticisms and an expression of our feelings. Hand on chest, he’d say in mock self-pity, “Look at me now and then, so I’ll think I’m needed.”

Charles was the consummate teacher. He met the needs of all, and this ability was a rare gift.  He informed us about the music, explained musical styles, taught vocal techniques, and helped us meet our musical best.

Charles injected little anecdotes during our rehearsals. Under his leadership, The Chorale had discipline, commanded — not demanded — through his musicianship and personality, and our mutual love of music.  Yet no one had greater discipline, and dedication, than Charles himself.

On January 8, 2022, just shy of 93 years old, Charles quietly passed away at his home in Amherst, MA, with his daughter, Priscilla, and his beloved partner of 26 years, Bob, by his side. With memories of more than 40 concerts — of Bach’s Passion According to St. John on our Tenth Anniversary, Handel’s Messiah on our Twentieth, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, music small and grand from Palestrina to Poulenc, Gregorian chant to Heffernan — we say our final good-byes to Dr. Charles Heffernan.

Dr. Charles Heffernan – you will be deeply missed.

TKC Press Release | Bernstein Expert Allen Shawn to Discuss Bernstein’s Mass

In preparation for its May performance of Bernstein’s Mass, The Keene Chorale will host a conversation with Allen Shawn, author of Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician (Yale University Press, 2014) and Chorale conductor and music director Cailin Marcel Manson. The conversation will take place in Norma Walker Hall in the Keene State College Alumni Center at 3 pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019. The event is free and open to the public.

Shawn, a member of the music faculty at Bennington College, is a composer, pianist, author, and leading Bernstein scholar. His understanding of Bernstein’s legacy as a 20th century composer, conductor, and educator will guide this conversation of Bernstein’s eclectic work, Mass: a Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers. The Keene Chorale is in rehearsal now for a performance on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond at Keene State College. The performance will honor the 40th  anniversary season of The Chorale and the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth.

Mass, composed for the dedication of the Kennedy Center in 1971, is a study in social unrest. Its themes of faith, social conflict, and doubt speak to today’s political challenges.  Mass was controversial at its premiere and continues to challenge audiences to find what unites us in its clashing voices and musical styles.

Two foundations have stepped forward to support this discussion and The Keene Chorale’s performance: the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Waldo and Alice Ayer Trust, Citizen’s Bank, M.A. Trustee.

The Keene Chorale is a choral ensemble founded 40 years ago for singers to learn and perform choral master works. Membership is open without audition to anyone committed to learning music.  The Chorale was recognized with a 2018 James and Ruth Ewing Arts Awards in the performance arts category.

Online registration for Spring 2019 is now closed.

Walk in registration will be available for one more week,  on Tuesday January 22, beginning at 6: 30 pm at the KUUC, 69 Washington Street, Keene. Check out our Members Page for singers information, and see the schedule to the right for rehearsal and performance dates.

Registration reopens at 6:30 PM, Rehearsals start at 7:00 PM and end at 9:00 PM.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at