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The Handel Society Enters Its Third Century of Music Making

Founded in 1807, the Handel Society of Dartmouth College is proud to be America’s oldest town-gown choral society. The ensemble performs an exhilarating range of choral and choral-orchestral music, from long-treasured masterworks to stunning contemporary pieces and new commissions. Whether we are performing at Dartmouth or on tour, our goal is to provide transformative musical experiences for performers and audiences alike.

2013–2014 Concert Schedule

May 17, 2014 Mozart Mass in C Minor

 HS Spring 14 Poster

Mozart never finished his two greatest choral masterpieces. Fortunately for us, the brilliant Harvard pianist and scholar Robert Levin did, “completing” Mozart’s Requiem in 1991 and his Mass in C minor in 2005 (“a glorious, fully Mozartean vision of a complete Mass… as inspired a guess as we’re likely to hear”—The New York Times). In this concert, Dartmouth’s 100-voice chorus is joined by tenor Dann Coakwell; baritone David McFerrin; and sopranos Julia Steinbok and Amy Shoremount-Obra.

November 19, 2013 Poulenc Gloria

 HS Fall 2013 Poster


Premiering in 1961 in Boston, Poulenc’s Gloria has become one of the most celebrated choral interpretations of this Latin text, and marked a high point in the love affair between America and this consummately French composer. Moving between anguished dissonance and lush harmonies, between vigorous counterpoint and endearing melodies, Poulenc’s colorful musical palette expresses emotions from serenity to unabashed glee. With full orchestra and soprano soloist.

Handel Society History


A work that has been 200 years in the making: The Handel Society of Dartmouth College 1807-2007 by J. Heywood Alexander with David T. Robinson. This book, complete with a CD of historic recordings is available for purchase by clicking here.



Last Updated: 4/29/14