Mittelman Observatory and Middlebury Physics will again host stargazing open house nights this autumn. These Observatory events are scheduled for Friday evenings, September 14 and September 21, from 8:30 PM until 10:00 PM, weather permitting.
Saturn and Mars will be in the evening sky on these dates. A variety of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae will also be visible through the Observatory’s telescopes. The Observatory includes a 24-inch telescope in a dome and smaller telescopes on the roof.
Observatory open house nights are free and open to the public. However, these events will take place only if the sky is expected to be mostly clear. Please check the Observatory web site at go/observatory or call the Observatory at 443-2266 after 6:30 PM on the evening of the event for weather status.
The Middlebury College Community Chorus welcomes faculty, staff, and students to join us as we prepare for our annual Thanksgiving concerts (Nov. 17-18) with a program entitled A Song Arising. Regular rehearsals begin September 11 in Mead Chapel, and then continue on Sundays and Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm throughout the fall. (Note: rehearsal on 9/18 will be in Mahaney Ctr for the Arts 221).
Community Chorus in rehearsal
As always, we welcome community neighbors and family members (high school age and up) to join us! Participants should plan to attend at least one rehearsal each week. We welcome all singers without audition who can follow a musical score. Our members travel from throughout the region to participate in this 150-year-old community tradition.
For additional information, check on the web at go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus or contact director Jeff Rehbach at 989-7355.
Please see below a listing of selections for this fall. We look forward to making music together as we explore this repertoire! Join us!
The power of music in our lives…
- Earth Song by Frank Ticheli, who writes, “The scorched earth cries out in vain, but music and singing have been my refuge.”
- The Song Arising by Joseph Martin with his words, “Where there is sadness, where there is strife, let me sing harmony.”
- Alway Something Sings by Dan Forrest with words by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “I hear a skyborn music still: it sounds from all things old, it sounds from all things young.”
- Vida Atrevida, a dramatic new 2018 setting of Chilean songwriter and activist Violeta Parra’s words, arranged by Middlebury’s Sam Guarnaccia: “Thank you, life, for giving me so much. You gave me laughter and you gave me tears. The two elements that make up my song, and your song, and everyone’s song, which is my very song.”
The world around us…
- Muusika by Estonian composer Pärt Uusberg: “Somewhere the original harmony must exist, hidden somewhere in the vast wilds…”
- The Peace of Wild Things by Jake Runestad, a 2014 award-winning composition based on Wendell Berry’s poem.
- I Dream a World by Connor Koppin, in a new setting of the text by Langston Hughes.
- Kyrie eleison – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s first choral work, scored for choir & string quartet.
- Communio/Lux aeterna: the final movement from Mozart‘s powerful Requiem.
- Illumination, a prayerful Latin text originating from 17th century Ireland, sensitively set by composer Michael McGlynn, arranger for the Celtic ensemble Anúna.
Celebration & Thanksgiving…
- O Be Joyful (Psalm 100) by British composer John Rutter
- Hymn for America by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus (a Thanksgiving favorite of the chorus)
- How Can I Keep from Singing by longtime Vermont resident Gwyneth Walker
- I Will Sing by African American singer-composer Rosephanye Powell in a toe-tapping gospel style, “When freedom rings, I will sing of the joy, of the peace, of the love that fills my heart.”
Do you want to apply for or renew your U.S. passport? The U.S. Passport Agency will be accepting passport applications at the Study Abroad Fair: Thursday, September 20, 2:00-5:00 pm, Axinn Center.
To apply for a passport, you will need to bring the following:
- Citizenship Evidence (e.g. birth or naturalization certificate for first-time applicants, or previous U.S. passport for eligible renewal applicants)
- One passport photo (see examples on https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html)
- Photo Identification (e.g. driver’s license or government ID). Please also bring a front and back photocopy of the ID.
- Appropriate Fees [payable by debit/credit card, check (payable to U.S. Department of State), or money order (exact amount only)]. *see travel.state.gov for applicable fees
- Download passport application forms on https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html. Complete application, attach photo, but do not sign the form.
Please see https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html for further details and forms.
Take advantage of this opportunity – hope to see you there!
DO YOU HAVE A TALENT? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE IT? SIGN UP TO TEACH A WINTER TERM WORKSHOP. Winter Term Workshop will run from January 7, 2019 – February 1, 2019. These non-credit workshops are open to the entire College community during Winter Term. DEADLINE for workshop proposals is midnight on Wednesday, October 10th. Please make sure to use either Internet Explorer or Google Chrome to submit your proposal. Contact Maria Farnsworth in Student Activities at x3156 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Proposal forms can be found at:
The Friends of International Students (FIS) host program recruiting and matching process for the recently admitted Class of 2022 continues! The Class of 2022 will include more than 70 international students, including some U.S. students who have lived abroad and international exchange students. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting in the fall and spread the word in our community.
International Student & Scholar Services will hold a series of information meetings about the program throughout the summer on the 2nd floor of the Service Building. We ask that new hosts attend a meeting so that we can meet them and share more information about the program. If you are an experienced host, you are welcome to join us as your stories and insights are vital to friends who are new to FIS and trying to decide if they would be a good fit for the program.
Join us for one of our last 2 host information meetings of the season:
- Monday, August 20, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
- Thursday, September 6, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
To register for a meeting, please email ISSS at email@example.com (subject line: FIS Host Program) or call us at 802.443.5858. Feel free to bring your lunch if you attend an afternoon meeting.
You can learn more about the FIS Host Program on our website at: http://www.middlebury.edu/international/isss/fis .
Please share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College.
We invite all who are interested to become a part of this wonderful program!
We look forward to hearing from you!