Other Events

The Souhegan Valley Chorus often wishes to announce related events, such as performances by its director, accompanist, or other members.


The Mont Vernon Messiah Sing! Committee has selected the rehearsal and performance dates for the 31st Annual Messiah Sing! In Mont Vernon. Last year the chorus was composed of over 85 voices from 14 communities. The chorus is directed by Jennifer Erdody and is open to all who love to sing. Soloists are selected from the chorus during auditions following the second rehearsal. The music used is selections from the G. Schirmer score for the work by G. F. Handel. A limited number of scores are available for loan and scores are available for purchase for $10. The rehearsals and concerts are held at the Mont Vernon Congregational Church at 4 South Main Street in Mont Vernon. The chorus has been asked by the Fire Department to avoid parking in front or behind the Fire Station.

Rehearsals will be held on Sunday evenings November 11, 18, and 25 from 6:45 to 9:00PM.

Performances with orchestral and organ accompaniment will be held Saturday, December 1 at 7:00PM and Sunday, December 2 at 4:00PM.

Admission is free and a free will donation opportunity is provided during the performances.

For additional information please call Kathie Fitzgerald at 673-2696 or visit the Facebook page: Messiah Sing – MVCC.

From the Christian Science Monitor:

A study published recently by researchers at Deakin University in Australia found that people who [join a choral or dance group] have a markedly better sense of “subjective well-being,” an internationally recognized metric that includes several measures of happiness and life satisfaction. To increase well-being, the study says, people must participate in music “in the company of others.” Those who sang or danced alone did not seem to receive the same benefit.

Music itself contains concepts such as “harmony,” “blending,” and “rhythm” that seem to call forth the need to get along with others – and enjoy the interaction. Musicians literally must be “on the same page” as fellow performers, and dancers must be closely in tune with the movement of a partner or ensemble. This getting “in synch” seems to provide a sense of satisfaction.

The study was based on phone interviews with 1,000 randomly chosen individuals. While it doesn’t prove that communal musical activities cause a higher sense of well-being, it does show that the two seem to go hand-in-hand.

Many people instinctively recognize the benefits of group singing. A 2009 study commissioned by the group Chorus America estimated that 42.6 million people in the United States were singing as members of 270,000 choral groups. It found that choral singing put participants in a better frame of mind – made them “better team players” who are “willing to accept criticism, regularly accept assignments outside their area of expertise, and [who are] significantly less likely to say they don’t get enough credit for what they do….”

Taking time to sing didn’t mean ignoring the world, either. Choral singers “exhibit greater civic leadership than their fellow Americans,” the Chorus America study says, and “they are significantly more likely to report voting regularly, reading books and newspapers regularly, contributing money to political parties or candidates, serving as officers of civic organizations, and working for political parties.”