North Country Chorus

70 Years Young!

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History Highlights

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 Church.

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.


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

50 year logo
NCC group photo
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.

Click here for details.

Mary and Harry were also featured in the Spring 2002 issue of Vermont Life.


Photo by George Mitchell

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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