Handel Society of Dartmouth College

Handel Society of Dartmouth College

Founded in 1807, the Handel Society is proud to be America's oldest "town-gown" choral society.

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

Dartmouth Handel Society & Glee Club Spring 2023 Concert Excerpt


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. The Society was founded in 1807 by Dartmouth faculty and students to "promote the cause of true and genuine sacred music."

This oratorio society consists of up to one hundred vocalists from Dartmouth and the Upper Valley community, and the Society collaborates with professional instrumentalists and soloists for its two annual performances. The ensemble performs an exhilarating range of music, from long-treasured masterworks to stunning contemporary pieces and new commissions. The Society tours regularly at home and abroad, performing in major venues and cathedrals throughout Europe.

In addition to its regularly scheduled performances, the Society performs regularly at outreach events in the Upper Valley, reaching audiences in schools, community organizations and assisted living centers. Find us on Facebook.

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Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:00-9:30 pm. Questions about joining? Email the Director Filippo Ciabatti

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2021.11.16 — Schubert Mass in G, Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine and Lauridsen Lux Aeterna

2019.11.16 — Rossini's Stabat Mater

2019.05.18-19 — Handel's Messiah

2018.11.13 — Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem

2018.05.19 — Bach St. John Passion

2017.11.14 — Mozart/Levin Requiem and Lauridsen Lux Æterna

2017.05.20 — Dvořák's  Stabat Mater, Op. 58 and Bach's Magnificat, BWV 243

2016.11.15 — Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, world premiere of Dominic DiOrio's I Am Music and works by Arvo Pärt

2016.05.29 — Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
with the Darmouth Symphony and Glee Club

2016.05.14 — Bach's B Minor Mass

2015.11.17 — Handel's Messiah

2015.05.16 — Verdi Requiem

2014.11.18 — Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Schicksalslied, Gesang der Parzen and Ave Maria plus Whitbourn Annelies

2014.05.17-18 — Mozart's Mass in C-minor

2013.11.19 — Poulenc Gloria and Britten Ceremony of Carols

2013.05.18-19 — J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion

2013.02.24 — Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble
Glimpses of Love Christopher Marshall (world premiere)

2012.05.19 — Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem

2011.11.30 — Handel's Messiah

2010.11.30 — J. S. Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium, Parts 1, 2, & 3

2010.05.29 — Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Nº 2 in C minor Gustav Mahler

2010.05.15 — A Stranger in a Strange Land
Missa Brevis in D Zoltán Kodály
Belshazzar's Feast William Walton

2009.05.16 — Handel Society of Dartmouth College
Samson George Frideric Handel
Last Letter Home Lee Hoiby
Requiem for the Fallen Jonathan Leshnoff (joint commission


Handel Society Happenings

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2020 Christmas Carol Sing

A look behind the scenes during a rehearsal of the 2020 Christmas Carol Sing. ​


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