CODA Chorus is pleased to announce the appointment of Christian Giddings as its new music director! Giddings recently earned a Doctor of Musical Art, Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona; and is currently the music program director at Kents Hill School in Readfield, Maine. He will assume his new role in September coordinating and directing virtual choral rehearsals while physical rehearsals are suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.
CODA President Ruth Lund commented, “We are excited to have Christian join CODA. He brings a diverse set of skills, including working with a variety of different choruses and age groups. He’s a perfect fit for CODA.” She adds, “We are delighted that he’ll work with the chorus to maintain continuity during the many challenges the COVID pandemic presents to singing groups.”
CODA Chorus, now in its 53rd year, is an all-inclusive community chorus located in Winthrop with the goal of providing an opportunity for local singers of all backgrounds and abilities to join one another in song. The chorus usually presents two concerts in December and in the Spring. Plans for future concerts will be announced here and on Facebook once health restrictions are lifted.
Current events are moving very quickly and as we take into consideration the coronavirus expansion in Maine, it is becoming more and more difficult to rationalize a continuation of normal when, well, the events surrounding us are no longer normal.
Ruth and I believe it is in everyone’s best interest to follow the latest Maine CDC recommendations and suspend this Friday’s potluck and our regular Tuesday night rehearsals for the time being.
Our concert is currently scheduled in 5 weeks’ time and that timeline will most likely change. We will continue to keep you updated as guidelines from Maine CDC adjust, which may help us make an informed decision on resuming a rehearsal schedule in the near future.
I know there have been contrasting opinions throughout the US on the severity of this virus, and there’s always a chance that we may all be overreacting; however I also know that not acting in a prudent manner in this case could endanger our community at large in ways that are untenable. These are unprecedented times and in the most difficult moments, I find confidence and comfort in the strength, resilience and compassion of our local community. Thank you for all of your hard work, it has been and continues to be an honor to make music with you every single week.
Be well and healthy. I look forward seeing each and every one of you in the near future.
We’ve upgraded our web site – with any luck, no more foot fungus ads! Rehearsals for the Spring 2020 season started January 21, and our concert will be April 25 at Hope Baptist Church. If you couldn’t make the first rehearsal and want to join, please come early (6:30-ish) this week to sign in and get your music. Hope to see you then!
Thank you to everyone who attended our 2018 Holiday Concerts! We hope you enjoyed them as much as we enjoyed presenting them. If you’d like a pdf copy of the program you can click here. Our Spring 2019 concerts on May 4 and May 7 will feature Vivaldi’s Gloria, among others. Hoping to see you then!
Join CODA Chorus for their annual holiday celebration featuring two concerts at 4pm and 7pm on Saturday, December 8th at Hope Baptist Church on Rt 202 in Manchester. Gather with friends, family and our greater Maine community for an opportunity to celebrate the holidays with a concert of festive and heart-warming music and the pleasure of singing along to some of your favorite Christmas tunes.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Spring Concert! We had audience members from every decade of CODA’s existence, and even one whose mother was the original organist! Looking forward to another 50 years…
The lasting power of song will shine this spring when CODA Chorus celebrates its 50th anniversary with a concert comprised of pieces performed from every decade since its inception in the 1960s.
CODA Chorus will revisit our inaugural 1967 and 1969 concerts with selections of popular favorites including some of the original Broadway tunes, choral standards and treasured patriotic songs that were performed through CODA’s musical history. Please join us either at our 4pm or 7pm concerts at Hope Baptist Church on Rt.202 in Manchester.
THANK YOU to everyone who braved the weather and attended our 2017 Christmas concerts! If you’d like a copy of the program, you can click here.
Join CODA Chorus for their annual holiday celebration featuring two concerts at 3pm and 7pm on Saturday December 9th at Hope Baptist Church on Rt 202 in Manchester. Ring in the holidays with a concert of joyful and introspective music, an evening of celebration with family and friends – and opportunities to sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes!
Order of Music (Tentative): This Little Light Of Mine – John Leavitt Star Carol – John Rutter There Shall A Star Come Out Of Jacob – Felix Mendelssohn Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella – arr. John Rutter Lux Aeterna – Tom Porter As It Fell Upon A Night – arr. Katherine K Davis O Nata Lux – Morten Lauridson Light The Legend – Michael Isaacson Keep Your Lamps – Andre Thomas Intermission Angels We Have Heard On High – arr. Craig Courtney Joy To The World – arr. John Rutter Carol Sing-Along – TBA Christmas Waltz – arr. Pete Schmutte The Christmas Song (Chestnuts) – arr. Snyder & Higgins Winter Wonderland Of Snow – arr. Mark Hayes