The Keene Chorale


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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!

2018-2019 Concerts

Sunday December 9, 2018, 2 PM at St. Bernard Church in Keene.
The Bach Magnificat, and The Many Moods of Christmas
Directed by Cailin Marcel Manson

Sunday May 5, 2019, at The Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College
Mass by Leonard Bernstein
Directed by Cailin Marcel Manson

All Keene Chorale regular rehearsals take place at the KUUC
69 Washington Street, Keene, NH
Tuesdays 7:15 – 9:15

Fall Open Rehearsals
We have two Open Rehearsals each semester. They are open to all, and are free of charge. We will rehearse as usual, but with an informal audience on hand. Expect a good time!
Fall 2018 Open Rehearsals are Tuesday Oct 23, and Tuesday Nov 20.

Super Saturday
Each semester we have a 4-hour rehearsal on Saturday, about a month before the performance. We break for lunch halfway through. We bring our own lunch and drinks but encourage singers to bring cookies or fruit to share.
Fall Super Saturday: Saturday November 10, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, United Church of Christ, at the head of the Square in Keene
Spring Super Saturday: Saturday March 23, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, KUUC

Our full rehearsal schedule is to the right →



Attendance Policy
Singers are expected to attend all rehearsals for the full rehearsal time. However, if an absence is unavoidable, singers should inform their section leader ahead of time. Section leaders will update absentees about any markings/instructions from the director. If a singer misses more than three rehearsals, participation in the concert will be at the discretion of the director.

Sopranos ~ Martha Hongisto
Altos ~ Cindy Woolley
Tenors ~ Maria Powers
Basses ~ Jim Gilmour

Women: Ankle-length black skirt or full length dressy slacks, long or 3/4 sleeved black blouse or top, black hose or socks and shoes.
Men: Long sleeved black button down shirt with collar or black turtleneck, black trousers, black hose and shoes, no tie.

Out of respect for your fellow singers, we ask that you refrain from wearing cologne, perfume, aftershave, or hair spray at rehearsals and concerts.

Winter Weather Policy
If the weather forecast is for snow, sleet, or freezing rain on rehearsal night, we will send out an email by 1:00 PM if a rehearsal will be cancelled. We will use the email provided at registration.

Any questions? Email the Chorale at