LITTLETON — 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. The group is now based in Littleton, as 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. It is a non-audition chorus, with high performing standards. Its 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.
The Nashoba Valley Chorale has also collaborated recently 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).
Come to an open rehearsal: Mondays Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 461 King St., Littleton. Visitnashobavalleychorale.org for more info.