Northeast Men's Summer Chorus NMSC Yankee Male Chorus


southern Vermont/New Hampshire
August 11-13 2022

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Participants will be coming from at least six states to gather for a singing vacation. Evenings will be spent in camaraderie and song -- including post-concert gatherings, days – with family and friends – exploring the lovely New England countryside.




All men -- no matter where you reside -- are invited to join us in August 2022.

.There are three ways to sign up:

(1) submit singer registration form
click here for pdf 

(2) register by phone at 917-456-6558

(3) click here to register via email (include your name and contact information)


The Northeast Men’s Summer Chorus was founded in 2019 by former members of the Yankee Male Chorus, whose last season was in the summer of 2018. During its 65-year run, YMC presented over 250 free concerts throughout southern Vermont and New Hampshire. 


In August 2021 (12-14) the Northeast Men's Summer Chorus presented free concerts in West Brattleboro, VT, Acworth, NH, and Grafton, VT.


(The August 2020 season was cancelled owing to Covid-19.)


The August 2019 tour included concerts in West Brattleboro and Chester VT and Charlestown, NH.


In 2019 and 2021 participants came from New Jersey, New York City and State, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. 


The following songs were performed as part of NMSC's 2021 or 2019 summer tour. Click on title to listen:

Let There Be Peace
on Earth

Happy Wanderer

My Special Angel

Unchained Melody

There Is Nothing Like a Dame

River in Judea

You're Just in Love

Without a Song



Executive Director  
Marty Edelman

Dave Caneen
Elmer Joerg
Dave Lambert
Andy Lavigne
Allen Lindsay


August 2022 concerts

The Chorus will present three free concerts (7 pm):

August 11 (Thursday)
, VT
Congregational Church, 11 Church Street

August 12 (Friday)
Charlestown, NH

Congregational Church, 71 Main Street 03603

August 13 (Saturday)
Chester, VT

Chester Baptist Church,162 Main Street 05143




audition not required



The Chorus performs 14-16 pieces from the Romantic period to modern – classical to doo-wop – and including spirituals, folk, patriotic, musical theater, and the American Songbook.



Rehearsals are scheduled from 1-4:30 pm on August 11 and 3:30-5 pm on August 12.


Singers receive music about a month before the first concert in the form of audio (MP3) files and PDFs. The MP3 files will be customized for each voice part. Singers who want to study the music in advance can view the PDFs (sheet music) on their monitors to use in conjunction with the MP3s. In addition, a binder with sheet music will be given to each member at the rehearsal before the first performance.



registration fee


$30; includes MP3 and PDF files, and sheet music. Binders are distributed but must be returned after the final concert so that they may be reused the following year.





Singers are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. A list of nearby accommodations is available on request, and it is likely that a discounted rate will be offered by at least one lodging.



pre-concert group suppers (optional)


There will be a group buffet dinner at each venue preceding the concert at $15 per person per dinner. Family and friends are welcome. Vegetarian options will be available. Meals need to be ordered and paid for in advance as indicated on the application form.


what to see and do in southern VT/NH


It is worthwhile to consider arriving earlier than August 11 or staying on after August 13 in order to take advantage of everything this part of New England has to offer.


Click here to view detailed document listing activities and places to visit.





NMSC staff will try to assist members who would like to share accommodations or who may need transportation to Vermont.

Please contact Marty Edelman at 917-456-6558 or email him here


Q. & A.


Who can join NMSC?

tenors, baritones, and basses who have some choral experience (TTBB or SATB); current membership in a choir is not required



Do I need to reside in the northeast to participate?


No, men are welcome from any state, but please plan your arrival to be in time for the rehearsal on the first day. Some members will arrive the previous day.



Can I bring along family and friends?

Of course; the concerts are free and open to the public (tickets not required). Some members will include the three-day NMSC tour as part of an extended vacation.



What music will we be singing?

Songs will include favorites from the male choral repertoire, including Lida Rose (Willson), Unchained Melody (Zaret /North), Hallelujah (Cohen), Sweet Caroline (Diamond), Down in the Valley (arr, Mead), Comedy Tont (Sondheim), Stouthearted Men (Romberg/Hammerstein), God Bless the USA (Greenwood).


Will we be singing a cappella or will there be an accompanist?


Experienced conductors will be leading the group; the songs are a mix of accompanied pieces and a cappella.


Conductors for August 2022 include:

Elmer Joerg (Associate Conductor, Down Town Glee Club, New York City)

Walt Sayre (Director of Music, St. James Episcopal Church, Keene, New Hampshire


Michael Wright: (Conductor, Catskill Glee Club; Assistant Conductor, Mendelssohn Club of Albany; President, Conductors Club of New York

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