The Manchester Choral Society is committed to sharing and promoting the best choral music of a variety of styles and periods through vibrant performances, collaboration, and educational and community outreach.

Established in 1961, MCS is a non-profit, auditioned community choir and continues to be one of the region's most respected choral organizations.


To seek relevance and hope through music
To bring communities together
To promote a sense of unity and peace

Dan Perkins, Music Director

Dr. Perkins is in his twenty-third 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.

Charles Blood, Collaborative Pianist

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.

Kaitlin Donovan, Assistant Music Director Intern

Kaitlin Donovan is a senior Music Education major at Plymouth State University. Kaitlin is a member of the PSU Chorale and Chamber Singers and is actively involved with the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA), for which she served as the Student Chapter President, and the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME). Kaitlin also sings with the New Hampshire Master Chorale and is the Stage Manager for the New Hampshire Music Festival's Summer Season. She was the recipient of the PSU Choral Fellowship with Dr. Dan Perkins from 2013-2014 and studies voice with Dr. Kathleen Arecchi. Kaitlin is from Wakefield, Massachusetts.

A Child of Our Time - Spring, 2009

A Child of Our Time - Spring, 2009

Contact Us

Manchester Choral Society
88 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 472-6627


2014-2015 Board

President: David Betz
Vice President: Megan Hertler
Secretary: Kirsten Mohring
Treasurer: Allen Pattee
Mimi Alberu
Tom Bisett
Christine Charman
John Herper
David Publow
Derrick Landano
Sean Parr
Liz Sheil
Joel Sadler
Amanda Simeone

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.