Choral Society Has New Director
After a lengthy search to replace retiring director Edwin Lawrence, the Bennington County Choral Society has named its new director, Cailin Marcel Manson, of Putney, Vt. He came to Vermont from his native Philadelphia, Penn., where he worked to increase community involvement in the art of music by creating performance and training opportunities for singers and musicians of mixed experience. He is founding director and conductor of the Germantown Concert Chorus, as well as the Germantown Institute for the Vocal Arts, and has worked with ensembles both nationally and internationally. He presently is director of music at the Putney School. Manson says, “I have experienced no greater joy in my career than seeing first-hand the transformative effects that art and music have on any given community, particularly when nurtured and produced by neighbors and colleagues. Programs that excite and challenge both ensemble and audience coupled with ample opportunities to interface with the performers, are essential.”
The Bennington County Choral Society has begun rehearsals for its December concert, ‘The Majesty of Music’ under Manson’s direction. Choral pieces by Handel, Vaughn Williams, and Rutter will be featured. Singers from age 15 and up are invited to join. There are no auditions, but singers must be able to match a pitch. There is a $35 fee for membership or a $60 fee for singing both concerts of the year. Rehearsals will take place Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street in Bennington, Vt. The Bennington County Choral Society is not affiliated with any church. More information can be obtained by calling Linda Putney at 802-442-8829.