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
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 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.
Brad Dumont is a 2013 graduate of Plymouth State University with a degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. Brad is currently student teaching in Rochester, NH and Kennebunk, ME to complete a second degree in Music Education K-12. While a student, Brad studied voice with Dr. Kathleen Arecchi and Piano with Dr. Carleen Graff and was a recipient of the Choral Fellowship under Dr. Dan Perkins. Brad has been a music director or assistant music director for several PSU productions along with performing in the pit orchestra. Most recently, Brad played Jupiter in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. Brad was also actively involved as President of the PSU chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association and is still involved with the New Hampshire chapter.
Outside of his university studies, Brad has been a participant with several non-profit organizations. He is excited be serving as the assistant music director intern with the Manchester Choral Society this year and will also be singing with the New Hampshire Master Chorale. Brad also currently serves as a board member for the Master Chorale as well as the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus. In the summer Brad is the stage manager for the New Hampshire Music Festival based in Plymouth, NH and serves as their media manager throughout the year. Upon completion of student teaching, Brad will be music directing some theatrical productions, teaching private voice lessons, and continuing his involvement with MCS and other non-profits.
A Child of Our Time - Spring, 2009
Manchester Choral Society
88 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03101
BoardPresident: David Betz
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.