Two Groton musicians, Michael Manugian and Ruth Treen Wise, founded the Nashoba Valley Chorale in 1976. The Chorale quickly became an important cultural resource in the area, drawing singers who come from towns in the heart of the Nashoba Valley as well as all over the metro-west area of Boston and southern New Hampshire. We are now based in Littleton, where we are part of a strong arts community which includes Indian Hill Music Center and the Cannon Theatre.
The Chorale currently has 100 members singing under the direction of Anne Watson Born. Although we are a non-audition chorus, we do set high performing standards. Our mission is to study, prepare, and present great choral music with musicality and attention to phrasing, articulation, and diction. Recent performances, with orchestra, include: Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem.
In addition to our regular subscription series, the Nashoba Valley Chorale has also collaborated with other New England ensembles, including the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra (Dvorak Te Deum), the Indian Hill Orchestra (Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms); the Boston Korean Chorus (Beethoven’s 9th Symphony); and Harvard pro Musica (Orff’s Carmina Burana).
Other Nashoba Valley Chorale highlights:
- We traveled to Jamestown, VA in May 2007 to participate in the 400th Anniversary celebration of the founding of the first American colony. It was a thrilling experience to be part of a chorus of 1600 voices and to be accompanied by a 400-piece orchestra while singing for an audience of 20,000 people.
- In April of 2000, we celebrated our 25th anniversary with a concert featuring a tribute to all those who have helped the Chorale become the artistic and talented group that it is today. We were also pleased to welcome back our founders, who each directed a piece that had a connection to our history.