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College Community Chorus Spring Concerts

Fifteen Middlebury students join the College Community Chorus and will take to the stage in Brandon and Middlebury on Mother’s Day Weekend for its annual spring concerts, this year with the theme “Moonlit Nights & Sun-filled Days.” Conductor Jeff Rehbach leads the 80-voice chorus as virtuoso pianist Timothy Guiles accompanies the ensemble. Rehbach notes that delightful classical, traditional, and popular music fills the hour-long program.

Community Chorus

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members all sing with the Chorus

College students hail from China, Zimbabwe, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maine, Vermont, New York, Kentucky, and Maryland. Community members of the College Community chorus — including College alumni, as well as current and retired staff and faculty — travel for weekly rehearsals from throughout the region, including Cornwall, Bristol, Weybridge, Middlebury, New Haven, Leicester, Orwell, Brandon, Moriah NY, North Ferrisburgh, Monkton, Salisbury, and Vergennes. The group welcomes all singers who delight in this 150-year-old community tradition, hosted by Middlebury College.

Performances take place on Saturday evening, May 12, 7:30 pm, at the Brandon Town Hall, and on Sunday afternoon, 13, 3:00 pm at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robinson Concert Hall at Middlebury College. Donations at the door in Brandon support ongoing renovations and programming at the historic Town Hall, while the Middlebury concert is free admission.

As the choir singers process and gather on stage, they open the concert with Awake! Bright day from Richard Wagner’s famous opera Die Meistersinger. Following the quiet Evening Prayer from Englebert Humperdinck’s 1893 musical setting of Hansel and Gretel, the choir greets a new dawn with Behold the sun!, a chorus excerpted from one of Franz Joseph Haydn’s last major works, completed in 1801.

The program features music for the night by contemporary American composers Gwyneth Walker and Daniel Elder. Walker, who lived and farmed for many years in Vermont, seeks to capture the lyricism of the E. E. Cummings poem “after all white horses are in bed.” Elder writes his own lyrics and music for the gentle nocturnes entitled Ballade to the Moon and Lullaby.

From world music traditions, the choir takes up a new arrangement of Yonder Come Day, a spiritual from the Georgia Sea Islands, as well as a traditional song from Ghana that describes children’s games played beneath the bright moon. Popular tunes on the program include lyrical choral arrangements of Cole Porter’s Night and Day, Lennon & McCartney’s I’ll Follow the Sun (as arranged for the King’s Singers, an award-winning British a cappella ensemble), and Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning by Craig Hella Johnson, conductor of the Grammy® award-winning ensemble Conspirare.

The concert concludes with a flair, as the choir sings Pulitzer Prize winning composer Aaron Copland’s The Promise of Living followed by Meridian, a stirring work scored for piano solo and chorus, by noted contemporary composer Ola Gjeilo—premiered in Vermont just three weeks ago by the Chorus, the Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble, and pianist Tim Guiles.

 

News from the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry

The Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ) has an active blog and website. Catch up here on recent news and updates in case you missed them:

DLINQ posts a weekly blog series published on Tuesdays called This Week in DLINQ where you will find updates on the projects, news, and developments from staff in our Middlelbury, Vermont and Monterey, California based offices. We invite you to visit our “About” page to learn about our mission and our January 2018 launch. And check our “People” and “Projects” pages where you can find descriptions and links to our areas of work, and connect with us.

Nominate a student for a 2018 Public Service Leadership Award

Dear Staff and Faculty colleagues, Please consider nominating a student for a Public Service Leadership Award!

Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement is pleased to announce the Middlebury College 25th Annual Public Service Leadership Awards.  These awards are part of a campus-wide celebration of student leadership. Public service takes shape in many different ways—through volunteering, activism, and advocacy—and these awards recognize our student body’s contributions to Middlebury College, the surrounding community, and beyond. We hope you will consider nominating a Middlebury College student who has contributed positively in the realm of public service.

For more information and to nominate a student, please click here. The deadline for nominations is March 19, 2018. Questions?  Please contact Ashley Laux, Program Director, Center for Community Engagement at (802) 443-3099 or alaux@middlebury.edu.

REMINDER: CLOSING OUT YOUR 2017 FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS

If you participated in a flexible spending account in 2017, please remember that any medical or dependent care FSA claims incurred through December 31, 2017 should be filed for reimbursement before March 31, 2018. While at this point in time you can no longer use your FSA debit card for 2017 claims, you may upload your claims by visiting the website or mobile app. You may also submit your claim(s) via mail or fax by using the claim form. After March 31st, 2018, participants will forfeit any unclaimed 2017 health and dependent care balances. We strongly suggest contacting myCafeteria Plan at 1-800-865-6543, M-F 8am – 8pm (EST) to verify how much you have left to claim for 2017 since rollovers up to $500 have already been added to your 2018 account balances.

You should also make sure you have completed all substantiation requests in order avoid serious tax consequences.  For assistance with substantiation, please contact customer service at 1-800-865-6543, M-F 8am-8pm (EST).

News from the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry

Updates

Are you curious about what the newly unified Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ) is up to? We provide our readers with a weekly blog series published on Tuesdays called This Week in DLINQ where the inquisitive mind can easily find updates on the projects, news, and developments from staff in our Middlelbury, Vermont and Monterey, California based offices. We invite you to visit our “About” page to learn about our mission and the January 2018 launch of the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry. Visit our “Blog” page for a complete listing of our weekly updates. And check our “People” and “Projects” pages where you can find descriptions and links to our areas of work, and connect with us.

Recent News

DLINQ has an active blog and website. We hope to count you among our regular readers! Catch up on recent news and updates in case you missed them:

Vermont Women in Higher Education Annual Spring Conference

The Vermont Women in Higher Education organization will be hosting its annual spring conference on March 22 and March 23, 2018.  The conference will be held at the Killington Grand Resort in Killington, VT.  Further information about the conference and how to register can be found here: http://vwhe.org/index.php/conference

 

 

Drop-In Meditation and Yoga

The Office of Student Services is pleased to offer two opportunities to improve your physical and mental strength this semester alongside our students.

Yoga: Join Andrea Olsen on Monday evenings at 5:15pm and Rebecca Henriksen on Fridays at 7:30am — both in MG215. All levels welcome!

Guided meditation: Join Monterey Bay Meditation Studio co-founder, Katie Dutcher, for a 15-20 minute guided meditation in MG215 on Thursday evenings at 6:15pm. No previous experience or familiarity with meditation required.

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