History

July 1947 Seventeen ladies of the Littleton Music Lovers Club invited Mrs. Mildred Burnett to discuss forming a small singing group.
December 1, 1947 First Christmas concert held at Littleton Methodist Churrch.
January 6, 1948 Group formally organized as the North Country Chorus. President: Rev. Joseph Burnett; treasurer, Marion Gray; librarian, Marion Blanchard, with Mildred Burnett as director and soloist.
April 1951 Mary Whitney Rowe became conductor, with Anne Blanchard, Alice Castello, and Ruth Wilmot serving as accompanists at different times.
September 1957 Katrina Munn became piano accompanist. Warren Geissinger served as organist.
December 3, 1972 The 25th annual Christmas concert was held in the Littleton Congregational Church. 
April 1977 First international tour for the Chorus, participating in the International Choral and Dance Festival in Cork, Ireland.
April 1980 Hosting of Harlow Chorus, England
January 1982 The annual series of Twelfth Night Madrigal Dinner entertainments began at the Monroe Town Hall.
Summer 1982 First tour to England and Wales. Read Linda McGoldrick's account.
January 1983 Madrigal Dinner series increased to 3 nights.
1983-1988

Linda McGoldrick served as president of the Chorus.

Summer 1986 Tour of Austria and Hungary
September 1989 Jean Anderson joins the Chorus as accompanist, sometimes assisted by Mary Holley and Jean Shields.
Summer 1990 Tour of Poland, Sweden, and Finland.
Summer 1994 Tour of Scotland.
Summer 1996 Tour of Wales and England, hosted by choirs in Port Talbot, Chester, York, and by Stockton Vocal Union celebrating its 60th anniversary.
March 1998 The Chorus represented the state of New Hampshire at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.
Summer 1998 Celebration of the Chorus' 50th Anniversary 
VT Senator Ide's congratulatory resolution
 
 
Fall 1999 Alan Rowe assumed duties as conductor.
Summer 2000 Tour of Maritime New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada
September 2001 Former Director Mary Whitney Rowe received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Choral Arts New England in recognition of her fifty years of chorus leadership.
 
Mary and Harry were also featured in the Spring 2002 issue of Vermont Life.
Summer 2004 Tour of Ireland
Spring 2008 60th Anniversary Concert and Exhibit at Alumni Hall, Haverhill, NH
Summer 2008
Tour of Italy
Fall 2014 NCC begins rehearsing at St. Johnsbury Academy.
Spring 2015
Jean Anderson retires as NCC pianist after 26 years of extraordinary service.
Fall 2015
Jan-Piet Knijff begins as NCC keyboard artist.
Fall 2016 NCC welcomes Joseph Hansalik as its new keyboard artist.
   

Over the years the Chorus has sung in a variety of venues including schools and nursing homes. It has performed with the North Country Chamber Players, the Vermont Symphony and the New Hampshire Festival Orchestra. It has given joint concerts with the Jefferson (NH) Chorus and the Randolph (VT) Singers. The North Country Chorus has hosted visiting choirs from Harlow and Stockton-on-Tees (England), Rome and Warsaw

The Chorus looks forward to its next 70 years, welcoming new singers to experience the unique spirit of the North Country Chorus.


 

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