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Handel Society of Dartmouth College

Performing with the Handel Society is truly a transcendent experience. I hope the audience feels an emotional connection to the works.” Benjamin Weinstock ’17

The Handel Society of Dartmouth College is the oldest student, faculty, staff, and community organization in the United States devoted to the performance of choral-orchestral major works. Founded in 1807, the Society sought to advance the works of Baroque masters through performance. Members of the Society believed the grand choruses of George Frideric Handel exemplified their goals and thus adopted his name for their group. Since its inception, the Handel Society has grown considerably in size and in its scope of programming. Today comprising 100 members drawn from the Dartmouth student body, faculty and staff, and the Upper Valley community, the Society gives two performances a year of major works, both old and new, for chorus and instrumental forces.
In addition to giving annual concerts in Spaulding Auditorium, the Society performs regularly at outreach events in the Upper Valley, reaching audiences in schools, community organizations and assisted living centers. The Society tours regularly at home and abroad, performing in major venues and cathedrals throughout Europe. For more information about the Handel Society, please check out our website or find us on Facebook!

  • W.A. Mozart, Mass in C minor
  • Francis Poulenc, Gloria
  • Benjamin Britten, Ceremony of Carols
  • J.S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion
  • Johannes Brahms, Ein Deutsches Requiem (Read the review)
  • G.F. Handel, Messiah (Read the review)
Robert Duff conductor is the artistic director of the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, and teaches courses in music theory and musicianship in the Music Department. Before coming to Dartmouth in 2004, Dr. Duff served on the faculties of Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, and Mount St. Mary’s College, and as the Director of Music for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where he directed the music programs for nearly 300 parishes. He holds degrees in conducting, piano and voice from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Temple University, and the University of Southern California, where he earned a doctorate of musical arts in 2000. An active commissioner of new music, Dr. Duff has given several world premieres of works for both orchestral and choral forces. He has been appointed by Governor John Lynch as Councilor to the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, is the Vice President of the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), sits on the National Steering Committee for the 2015 ACDA Conference in Utah, and is a frequent adjudicator and clinician.

2018/19 CONCERTS

Sun, September 9 from 10 am to 1 pm
Tue, September 11 from 10 am to 6 pm

Auditions required. Sign Up Here

Please contact the Ensembles Office at 603.646.2530 or hopkins.center.ensembles@dartmouth.edu

Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm • Faulkner Recital Hall

For more info regarding this ensemble,
call 603.646.2530 or email: hopkins.center.ensembles@dartmouth.edu