Join CODA Chorus for their annual holiday celebration featuring two concerts at 4pm and 7pm on Saturday, December 8th at Hope Baptist Church on Rt 202 in Manchester. Gather with friends, family and our greater Maine community for an opportunity to celebrate the holidays with a concert of festive and heart-warming music and the pleasure of singing along to some of your favorite Christmas tunes.
P.S. Coming Soon, the Order of Music and our official poster!
Here’s what you need to know:
Our first fall rehearsal was on Tuesday, September 4th from 7-9pm at the Winthrop United Methodist Church, 58 Main St, Winthrop.
We will have a 6pm meet & greet on our first two rehearsals, Tuesdays Sept 4th & 11th, so come on over a little early to get yourself situated.
Our first month of rehearsal will be a little different this time around, instead of the first 2 rehearsals; we will be welcoming new choir members throughout the whole month of September. To be more inclusive to new members who may have not sung in a group for a long time or ever, we will alternate the sight-reading of new music with other singing activities instead of doing a huge sight-reading marathon on the first two days.
All of this so that the month of September becomes bring-a-friend-along-month to share in the joy of singing together! No strings attached: your friend or acquaintance can come by, check it out and decide sometime in September. All voices are welcomed (especially Sopranos and Tenors!!), no auditions, previous choral experience or music-reading skills are not required, but are, of course, welcomed; and as always, I am available to advise and help singers with any questions or concerns they may have with their voice.
This winter’s concert theme will be “Gathering for the Holidays to drive the cold winter away”. We will sing old favorites such as White Christmas, There’s No place Like Home for the Holidays, In the bleak midwinter, and a few surprises as well! Our winter concert will be on Sat. Dec 8th, at Hope Baptist Church in Manchester.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Spring Concert! We had audience members from every decade of CODA’s existence, and even one whose mother was the original organist! Looking forward to another 50 years…
You can view our concert program here.
The lasting power of song will shine this spring when CODA Chorus celebrates its 50th anniversary with a concert comprised of pieces performed from every decade since its inception in the 1960s.
CODA Chorus will revisit our inaugural 1967 and 1969 concerts with selections of popular favorites including some of the original Broadway tunes, choral standards and treasured patriotic songs that were performed through CODA’s musical history. Please join us either at our 4pm or 7pm concerts at Hope Baptist Church on Rt.202 in Manchester.
THANK YOU to everyone who braved the weather and attended our 2017 Christmas concerts! If you’d like a copy of the program, you can click here.
Join CODA Chorus for their annual holiday celebration featuring two concerts at 3pm and 7pm on Saturday December 9th at Hope Baptist Church on Rt 202 in Manchester. Ring in the holidays with a concert of joyful and introspective music, an evening of celebration with family and friends – and opportunities to sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes!
Order of Music (Tentative):
This Little Light Of Mine – John Leavitt
Star Carol – John Rutter
There Shall A Star Come Out Of Jacob – Felix Mendelssohn
Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella – arr. John Rutter
Lux Aeterna – Tom Porter
As It Fell Upon A Night – arr. Katherine K Davis
O Nata Lux – Morten Lauridson
Light The Legend – Michael Isaacson
Keep Your Lamps – Andre Thomas
Angels We Have Heard On High – arr. Craig Courtney
Joy To The World – arr. John Rutter
Carol Sing-Along – TBA
Christmas Waltz – arr. Pete Schmutte
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts) – arr. Snyder & Higgins
Winter Wonderland Of Snow – arr. Mark Hayes
CODA Chorus invites you to our Spring Concert! In these uncertain times what could be better than songs about encouragement, togetherness, and hope! A freewill offering will be accepted. Please join us!
Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and attended our 2016 Christmas concerts! Here’s what Joëlle had to say on Facebook. We’ll have our Spring concert on April 22. In the meantime, be safe, stay warm, and we hope to see you in the spring!
Celebrate the Christmas season with CODA Chorus and special guest harpist Virginia Flanagan, as we present Christmas From Around The World on Saturday, December 10th at 3pm and again at 7pm at Hope Baptist Church in Manchester, right on Route 202.
The concerts will feature carols, lullabies, and folk songs of the Christmas season from many traditions and cultures. Featured will be Kirke Mechem’s Seven Joys of Christmas for chorus and harp. A free-will offering will be taken.
Order of Music (tentative):
“Wolcum Yole!” from Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten Virginia Flanagan – Harp
Seven joys of Christmas – Kirke Mechem Virginia Flanagan – Harp
1.The Joy of Love: This is the truth (England)
2.The Joy of Bells: Din don! merrily on high (France)
3.The Joy of Mary: Joseph dearest, Joseph mine (Germany)
4.The Joy of Children: Patapan (Burgundy, France) Alfred Lund – Percussion
5.The Joy of the New Year: New Year Song (Japan)
6.The Joy of Dance: Fum, fum, fum! (Spain)
7.The Joy of Song: God bless the master of this house (England)
Bogoroditse Devo (All Night Vigil Op.37) – Sergei Rachmaninoff (Russia)
Carol of the Bells – M. Leontovich, arr. Peter Wilhousky (Ukraine)
iCantar – Jay Althouse Alfred Lund – Percussion
Deck the Halls – Trad. Welsh, arr. David Willcocks
Sing along – TBA
Interlude from Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten Virginia Flanagan – Harp
Carol from an Irish Cabin – Dale Wood Virginia Flanagan – Harp
Calypso Gloria – Emily Crocker (Caribbean) Alfred Lund – Percussion
Hiney Mah Tov – Iris Levine (Israel)
Huron Carol Trad. Canadian/Huron, arr. Joelle Morris Alfred Lund – Percussion
Cantique de Noel/O Holy Night – Trad. French Joelle Morris – Voice, Virginia Flanagan – Harp
Siyahamba Trad. South African, arr. Donald Moore Alfred Lund – Percussion
Thank you to everyone who attended our Spring 2016 Concert. Our Christmas Concerts for 2016 will be December 10. Have a great summer!
Love and longing. Freedom and hope. Join CODA Chorus for our 2016 Spring Concert as we share poetry set to music! We’ll perform pieces based on works by poets from Maya Angelou to Walt Whitman, and we’ll feature readings by local poets. A freewill offering will be accepted. Hope to see you there!
Order of Music:
O, To Make a Jubilant Song – arr. Sherri Porterfield (Walt Whitman)
Reading: High School Memory – Ruth Bookey
O My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose – arr. René Clausen (Robert Burns)
Piping Down the Valleys Wild – arr. David Dickau (William Blake)
If Music Be the Food of Love – arr. David Dickau (Henry Heveningham)
Reading: Harmony – Claire Hersom
Will There Really Be a Morning? – arr. Victor Johnson (Emily Dickinson)
Evening Star – arr. Victor Johnson (Edgar Allan Poe)
The Road Not Taken – arr. Randall Thompson (Robert Frost)
Choose Something Like a Star – arr. Randall Thompson (Robert Frost)
Reading: Bad Cat – Ted Bookey
sam was a man – arr. Vincent Persichetti (e.e. cummings)
I Dream a World – arr. Andre J. Thomas (Langston Hughes)
Blowin’ in the Wind – arr. Len Thomas (Bob Dylan)
Reading: A House Full – Craig Hickman
Caged Bird – arr. Daniel Kallman (Maya Angelou/traditional)
CODA Chorus presents:
An American Musical Tapestry
Join the CODA Chorus on Sunday May 3rd 2015 at Hope Baptist Church in Manchester, for their spring concert featuring a compilation of 20th century American music, including songs by Aaron Copland, Gershwin, a rousing Missa Festiva by John Leavitt, Appalachian songs and old favorites such as Gift to be Simple and Shenandoah. Featuring the Winthrop area Handbell ringers and instrumental soloists.