The Keene Chorale


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

Register to sing Bernstein’s MASS with us

Welcome!  We are delighted that you are choosing to join The Keene Chorale for our 40th anniversary season.  Our anniversary celebration concert in May will be a full-scale performance of Bernstein’s Mass.  Check out our Members Page for details, and see the schedule to the right for rehearsal and performance dates.

Note: You won’t be asked to pay Dues and Music fees until the first rehearsal. Dues are $40 per semester, and music for the Spring semester is $15*.  On registration night we will accept payment by credit card (+ $2 transaction fee) as well as by cash or check. Please inquire about our sliding scale for those who need financial assistance.

[* The scores are being rented through the Bernstein Estate. These may only be marked lightly in pencil and must be erased following the performance. Any singer wishing to purchase a full vocal score may do so directly through JW Pepper or Hal Leonard; the cost is $100. Other arrangements or editions may not be used.]

First rehearsal and Registration will be on Tuesday, January 8, at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church (KUUC), 69 Washington Street, Keene, NH.

Registration opens at 6:30 PM, Rehearsal starts at 7:00 PM.

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


Follow up Registration questions

We try not to make a habit of too many emails, but since you registered we have added a couple of questions that will help us get things ready for our First rehearsal. You may have answered some already, but bear with us.