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.
|Director, ex officio||Jim Sharrock|
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.
The Monadnock Chorus is an active Performing Partner of The Park Theatre.
|We are an active participant in Arts Alive! Monadnock Region|
We get welcome the generous support from corporations and organizations in the area. Without them, we would not be successful. We are active members of these local Chambers of Commerce: