Sheepscot and St. Cecilia join forces for virtual chorus

Are you a choral music fan and are wondering what to do this fall? Sheepscot Chorus and St. Cecilia Chamber Choir will be offering virtual sessions once a week (on Tuesdays or Wednesdays) starting the week of September 13. Under the leadership of Linda Blanchard and Sean Fleming, the sessions will include rehearsals, group vocal classes with renowned performers and teachers Mary Sullivan and John David Adams, music theory, and music history. Sessions may include advance rehearsals for an upcoming performance of the Verdi “Requiem.” Videos of the sessions will be available. Members will have the option of rehearsing several seasonal selections to present a short concert of audio compilations in December. To register now, go here.

If you are interested in singing with us and would like more information, just use our Contact Us form, and we’ll get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you to all who have registered for our fall events! There is still time to register if you’d like to join us for the festivities. Please go to https://sheepscotvalleychorus.org/ to register online, or mail a check to Taylor Briggs, Sheepscot’s treasurer. Only $35 gets you all the sessions below, plus access to all the session recordings through Dec. 31, 2020.

Below is some information about fall dates and times, as well as descriptions of planned activities and repertoire. We’re excited to get started and look forward to seeing you soon!
Linda Blanchard and Sean Fleming


Here are the sessions currently scheduled. All of these sessions will take place on Zoom. The Zoom link will be given before the first meeting to paid members, with recordings available after to paid members. The sessions will be of variable length, but we don’t expect any to be longer than an hour. Please note that some are on Tuesday, and some on Wednesday.
Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 PM (with special guest professional voice instructor and performer John David Adams, bass-baritone)
Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 PM (with special guest professional voice instructor and performer Mary Sullivan, soprano)
Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 PM (with special guest John David Adams)
Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 PM (with special guest Mary Sullivan)
Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 PM
NO session scheduled on Thanksgiving week
Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 PM (with special guest John David Adams)
Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 PM (with special guest Mary Sullivan)
Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 PM


The pieces we will begin with can be found in Carols for Choirs 1 (the green book) and Carols for Choirs 2 (the orange book). It is not necessary to buy your own copies of these books. PDF copies of the pieces we will sing will be available to all paid members (a link will be sent later), and paper copies will be available upon request.   However, if you’d like to buy your own, you can find them at the following links: 
We will draw from among the following pieces:
Carols for Choirs 1 (the green book)

  • Good King Wenceslas – p. 34 (arr. Reginald Jacques)
  • Coventry Carol – p. 83 (arr. Martin Shaw)
  • Gloucestershire Wassail – p. 160 (arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Carols for Choirs 2 (the orange book)
  • All My Heart This Night Rejoices – p . 12 (Johann Georg Ebeling)
  • Once in Royal David’s City – p. 148 (arr. David Willcocks)
  • Personent Hodie – p. 160 (arr. Gustav Holst)
  • The Truth from Above – p. 202 (arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • Zion Hears the Watchmen’s Voices – p. 214 (J.S. Bach)


We will also touch on several movements from the Verdi Requiem, in preparation for upcoming performances which will feature the Amethyst Chamber EnsembleSheepscot Chorus, and St. Cecilia Chamber Choir.
Session activities will be recorded so that paid members can view them at a later date on Youtube. The sessions will include:
  • Rehearsing together and in sections
  • Vocal technique with Mary Sullivan and John David Adams
  • Music theory applied to the repertoire we will be singing
  • Music history
Using provided practice tracks, compiling at-home recordings (audio or video) to make a full-choir “performance” for our own enjoyment. We know that not everyone will choose to take part in these at-home recordings, which is just fine.
Cancellations: If any sessions are cancelled because of technical problems or other reasons, we will try to reschedule the session. A rescheduled session will not affect the rest of the schedule.

Paul Winter Missa Gaia (Earth Mass)

Arranged for Chorus and Band

The Paul Winter Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) was first performed in 1981 in the New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine and is a contemporary ecumenical celebration of the Earth. Interweaving lyrical melodies with African, Brazilian and American gospel traditions, it combines wolf and whale voices with those of the choir.

Sheepscot Chorus Performs Missa Gaia in April 2020

Sheepscot Valley Chorus begins its 41st season with April 24 and 25 performances of Paul Winter’s “Missa Gaia (Earth Mass): A Mass in Celebration of Mother Earth.” The Chorus’ performances of “Missa Gaia” celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. Written by Paul Winter in 1981, the work was dedicated to St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology. In “Missa Gaia” Winter created a work both ecumenical and ecological, embracing all the voices of the Earth. The piece will feature a children’s choir, African percussion, bass, cello, guitar, organ, piano, and soprano sax, along with animal calls.

The concerts will be on Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 25 at 3:00 PM at the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for students, and may be purchased in April at Sherman’s Bookstore in Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, Treats in Wiscasset, and at the door. For more information, please visit facebook.com/sheepscotchorus and sheepscotvalleychorus.org.