Monadnock Chorus is a nonprofit 501c(3) corporation established in 1959. It provides singers the opportunity to perform outstanding choral works, and presents choral music outreach and education programs for the Greater Monadnock community. We give our audiences the chance to hear wonderful choral music performed live right in our own geographical area. The chorus is celebrating its 54th season in 2012-13! Founded in 1959, our goals have always been:
- To provide area residents an opportunity to learn and perform some of the world's most beautiful choral music.
- To provide the opportunity for residents of our region to enjoy choral works performed live in their immediate area.
- To reach out to our local communities by presenting choral music at schools, community organizations and other venues.
We like to give back to the communities in response to their welcome support.
The Monadnock Council of Churches launched the Monadnock Chorus in 1959. The Chorus was originally led by Dr. Joel B. Hayden of The Meeting School in Rindge. Upon Hayden’s retirement fourteen years later, the Reverend Noel Sokoloff, and Jocelyn and James Bolle of Monadnock Music provided leadership to the chorus until 1976. Leadership of the Chorus then passed to David E. Brandes, head of Franklin Pierce College Performing Arts Program and graduate of the New England Conservatory and Boston University. In 1989, Dr. Carroll Lehman of Keene State College, became the music director of the Monadnock Chorus until his retirement in 2009. The baton was passed from Dr. Lehman to Jim Sharrock, who has been a well-known and well-respected musician and music director in the region for the past twenty years.
We like to be very involved in the many communities around us. Our singers come from towns in or near the greater Monadnock Region. We work closely with other performing arts groups in the area and we lend a hand by sharing our equipment with the Peterborough Children's Choir and Monadnock Music.
We are enthusiastic advocates of the choral music artform. Many of our members volunteer their time in schools, hospice groups, and human service centers to bring choral music to as many people in the region as possible. Plus, we do all we can to help promote the Monadnock Region's unique and diverse arts community.