The Manchester Choral Society, established in 1961, is a non-profit auditioned community chorus whose long-standing reputation for excellence and dedication to the performance of quality literature of all periods and styles has made it a magnet for serious singers throughout the region. Under the leadership of Music Director Dan Perkins, the Manchester Choral Society is one of the region's most respected choral organizations.
Members of Manchester Choral Society are inter-generational, ranging from talented high school students to mature singers with over 50 years of choral singing experience. They come from all over New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts, and represent a wide variety of professions and walks of life. The Manchester Choral Society is committed to sharing and promoting the best in choral music through performance, collaboration, and educational outreach.
Dr. Perkins is in his twentieth year at Plymouth State University, where he is professor of music and director of choral activities. In 2007, he was honored with the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professorship. Dr. Perkins is also music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, and has served as the principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi, guest conductor of the Dartmouth Concertato Singers, Dartmouth Handel Society, and as the music director of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra, and New Hampshire Friendship Chorus. Perkins’ choirs have performed and studied in Canada, England, Peru, Vietnam, South Africa, the American southwest, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Slovak Republic, Austria, South Korea, Brazil, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Morocco, Portugal, and throughout New England.
Perkins is a co-founder, with Dr. Trish Lindberg, of the award-winning Educational Theatre Collaborative, and pianist for Trio Veritas. He holds DMA and MM degrees from the University of Southern California, and a BMu from Brigham Young University. He continued his studies as a Fulbright Scholar in Finland.
Krystal Morin is recent graduate from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. During her time at PSU, her primary focus was voice, which she studied with Amanda Munton. She was the recipient of the PSU Choral Fellowship with Dr. Dan Perkins, director of choral activities, from 2009-11. Krystal is the current music director of Second Generation Manchester Choral Society (2GMCS) who will be making their debut performance with the Manchester Choral Society (MCS) this spring. She is in her second year as Assistant Music Director Intern for MCS and has recently joined the faculty at Manchester Community Music School teaching private voice. Krystal is from Atkinson, NH.
Charles Blood has served as accompanist for the Manchester Choral Society since 1986. He has also filled this role for musical productions throughout the region, high school and college choirs on two European tours, and numerous area choral workshops, festivals, and recitals. As a member of the music faculty of Notre Dame College, he founded and served as director of the college's Community Music School and coordinator of the Summer Concert Series. He has also taught at St. Paul's School and in the Manchester public schools. Mr. Blood now teaches for the Derry Cooperative School District and is music director at the New Castle Congregational Church. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire where he also earned a Master of Arts degree in music.
Lisa Hansen is a senior at Plymouth State University where she is pursuing a Vocal Performance & Pedagogy and Music Education double degree. At Plymouth she studies with soprano, Victoria Cole. Lisa is a member of the PSU Chamber Singers and University Chorale, and is a Choral Assistant to Dr. Dan Perkins. She also studies piano with Constance Cheeseboro. Lisa is an active church musician, appearing as a soloist at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Nashua, NH, among others, and substitute Music Director at churches in the Holy Trinity Parish. In 2010 she was Assistant Music Director at the Summer Theater in Meredith Village, and has appeared on the PSU stage as Beth in Little Women.
A Child of Our Time - Spring, 2009
Manchester Choral Society
88 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03101
BoardPresident: Nancy Danzinger
MCS/Richard Crafts Memorial Scholarship Information
Each year the MCS awards a $1000 scholarship to assist a qualified student with funding their post-secondary school music studies.