Rehearsals Underway for MCC and Youth / Young Adult Chorus Spring Concert – New Members Welcome!

Rehearsals are underway for the Medford Community Chorale & Youth / Y oung Adult Chorus spring concert, scheduled for Friday, May 20 at 7 PM in the Caron Theatre at Medford High School, and new members are welcome! The concert, which is entitled “Lift Every Voice and Sing!”, is a celebration of the joy of music and singing, and proceeds from the concert program book will be donated to the new Medford Public Library. 

There are no auditions and the only requirement is a love of singing! Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings in the auditorium in the McGlynn Middle School here in Medford: youth / young adult chorus at 6 PM and full chorus from seven to 8:30 PM. 

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

The Medford Community Chorale, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is supported in part by grants from the ArtsAlive Medford Foundation, the Passim Iguana Music Fund, and the Medford Arts Council, a local commission that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council and the City of Medford.

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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