MCC Rehearsals Begin January 26, 2022!

Medford Community Chorale & Youth Chorus rehearsals resume on Wednesday evening, January 26th at 6pm (youth/young adult chorus) and 7pm (full chorale), in the auditorium in the McGlynn Middle School on 3002 Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford.

So hoping many of you will consider joining us. On May 20, 2022, we will present our Spring Concert. (This is the concert we were preparing for back in 2020 when Covid brought everything to a screeching halt! 😮

(Please note:  In accordance with the protocols of the Medford Public  Schools, all persons must wear a mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status.)

Thanks to all for a wonderful concert!

From Betsy:

We were thrilled to be able to present our first live public performance in nearly 2 years this past Friday evening (Dec 10) at the Caron Theatre at Medford High School!

Many thanks to all those who helped make this special event – “Jingle All the Way” – possible … our chorus members, parents, musicians, Medford Public Schools staff members … and of course, our generous sponsors. Thanks, also, to the 300+ folks who came out to support us by attending the concert! We are so grateful to all of you.

Looking forward to a spring concert in May!

Below is a link to our concert program book. Please consider patronizing our many and generous business sponsors.

“Jingle All The Way” at the Medford (MA) High School on Friday, December 10th, at 7 p.m.

After an 18 month hiatus due to the COVID 19 pandemic, The Medford Community Chorale and Youth Chorus (MCC) is back! The groups received approval from the Medford Community Schools office during the summer to resume in person rehearsals this fall, and rehearsals are well underway for their first “post pandemic” concert, “Jingle All the Way!”, scheduled for Friday, December 10th at 7pm in the Caron Theatre at Medford High School. “Jingle All the Way!” will celebrate the season, and will consist of a varied program of sacred, popular and classical holiday selections. 

A portion of the proceeds from the concert ad book will be donated to the CITY-WIDE HUNGER FREE initiative, under the auspices of the Medford Food Security Taskforce.

The MCC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, may be back … but they actually never went away! The choruses were in the throes of preparing for a spring concert at Tufts University, when everything came to a “screeching halt” in mid March 2020, due to the pandemic.

When it became clear that it was going to be quite a while before the groups would be able to come together again, director Betsy Pesce, accompanist Dr. Holly Zagaria, and Julie Kelleher, chorale member and technical director, came up with the idea that perhaps the group could try to create a “virtual choir” video.

And so, the first Medford Community Chorale “virtual choir video,” “Thank You for the Music” (Mama Mia) — with 38 participants — was completed at the beginning of September 2020, and the groups went on to create two more adult chorus videos, two youth/young adult chorus videos, and their final virtual choir video, “Sing!” — which featured the combined adult and youth choruses. Because there are no geographical boundaries with a virtual performance, the chorale was thrilled to welcome participants from California, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and even from Stuttgart, Germany and Abbruzzo, Italy! 

Sadly, the chorale has lost two of its members to the coronavirus, and they will be remembered at the performance in December.

Links to all of the groups’ performances may be found on the chorale’s Facebook page: “Medford Community Chorale”, the website: “” and on YouTube: “Medford Community Chorale”

For more information, please contact director Betsy Pesce at or at 617-335-8155.

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NEW VENUE: December 10, 2021 at 7 PM — Holiday Concert at MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL

Good morning everyone,   

An update to our previous update:     

The Holiday Concert will now take place at the Caron Theatre at Medford High School*, on Friday, December 10 at 7 PM, so please mark your calendars now!  I so hope that all of you will still be able to participate with us on that date.   

* 489 Winthrop St, Medford, MA 02155

First rehearsal on September 8, 2021 and COVID protocols

Dear friends,   

I am getting very excited as our first “post pandemic” in person rehearsal is fast approaching…two weeks from this Wednesday, September 8 (youth/young adults at 6 PM and full chorus at seven!)   

I just want to give you all a couple of updates:   

1 — COVID protocols – I have been advised by the Medford Community Schools office that all persons will be required to wear masks in Medford Public School  buildings this fall, regardless of vaccination status, and I will be required to configure the seating in the music room to allow for 3 feet of social distancing.  Special singers’ masks are available from for$19.99: 

However … The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) guidance states that simply “…wearing a well fit 3-layer surgical style mask reduces aerosol emission”, so the choice is yours as to which mask you would feel more comfortable wearing.   

As/if COVID protocols change based on updated data and guidance, I will let you all know right away.   

2 — Music/binders – if you participated with us “pre-pandemic” in 2020, I would be most appreciative if you would please bring your binder and “old” music with you on the 8th.  I will have a large bin at the front of the music room for you to drop off your “old” music and I will have a new packet for you to put in your binder for this season!   

New members – I will have a binder with copies of the music for this season for you when you arrive for rehearsal on the 8th!   

Thanks so much for you understanding and your cooperation.  Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.   Enjoy the “last hurrah” of summer, and I look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!   


More info about the new season, including a “Member Information Form”

Dear friends, 

I hope that by now you have all read the great news that we – the Medford Community Chorale and Youth/Young Adult Chorus – have received approval to return to in person rehearsals  on September 8th!  I can’t wait to begin preparing for a LIVE Christmas/holiday concert on December 12th! 

Over the course of the summer, I will be sending out practice materials for our concert pieces, so you can begin to familiarize yourselves with the music, giving us a “leg up” in September! 

Also, in order to help me prepare for September and update my files, I have included a link (below) to a member information form.  If any of your contact information has changed since November 2019 – or if you have never filled one out! – I would be most appreciative if you could please complete and return this form to me at your earliest convenience. 

Member Information Form – Medford Community Chorale.docx

Although we will miss our “long distance” friends, I am so looking forward to our coming back together again! 

In the meantime, enjoy the summer, and try to keep cool! 

Thanks so much,