About Us

The South Burlington Community Chorus was founded in 1973. There are no auditions to join our Chorus. Anyone can join from anywhere! The only requirements are the ability to match pitch, desire and willingness to learn, have fun and be committed to helping our Chorus be a vibrant and quality group. We do our best to keep membership dues and costs to a minimum so that as many people can join as are interested. Part of our mission is to have funds available to help those with financial need participate as well.

We believe singing is good for your health, spirit and well-being. Singing is a wonderful, uplifting way to communicate and connect with those in our community and beyond. We strive for excellence in our performances and enjoy making wonderful music accessible to our friends and neighbors for a reasonable price.

Every year we perform a concert at Holiday time and another in the spring, as well as participate as invited Guest Chorus at other events around the state. As funds allow, we have instrumental musicians accompany us -where appropriate. We must pay for these professionals. We have, in the past, participated in the Vermont Sings for Peace Concert, the South Burlington National Night Out Event and the Vermont International Choral Festival, just to name a few. We are supported financially, in part, by the City of South Burlington. However, in order to remain a vibrant, viable community organization we must raise more funds.

We are a Non-Profit Organization, dedicated to providing an opportunity to all who have the desire to come and SING with us!

The chorus meets Tuesday Evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm at the South Burlington High School.

The Spring Session began on January 30th with a performance on Saturday, May 19th at the McCarthy Arts Center, on the campus of Saint Michael’s College. 

For questions about the chorus, rehearsals, or upcoming performances, please contact:

sbcommunitychorus@gmail.com OR The City of South Burlington Department of Recreation and Parks at 802-846-4108 or at 575 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT  05403  www.sburlrecdept.com

Director ~ Matthew LaRocca

Matt LaRocca is a composer, performer and educator from Burlington VT. He is on the faculty of Saint Michael’s College and Champlain College, where he teaches music theory, conducting and composition. Matt is the assistant director of Music-COMP, a Vermont organization that teaches composition to elementary and high school students and facilitates live performances of their music by professional musicians. He attended Middlebury college, graduating in 2002, and recently completed his doctoral work in music composition at Boston University. As a composer, Matt’s work has been commissioned by groups such as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. In addition to composing, Matt is an avid performer on both the guitar and the viola.

Matt has been featured recently with two nice articles in the local press: Seven Days 9-6-17 Crossover Appeal  and Essex Reporter 9-6-17 Music-COMP

Collaborative Accompanist ~ Shirley Smith

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Shirley is returning to the Chorus in the role of Collaborative Accompanist after having served as Assistant Conductor/Accompanist from 1988-92. Following a career spanning approximately 20 years as a public school music educator, Shirley now enjoys her role as a freelance musician. She was the rehearsal pianist for the Burlington Choral Society for 17 years,  and the lead accompanist for and a singing member of Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of VT. She has been involved in musical theater productions with multiple theater groups including Lyric Theater, Stowe Theatre Guild, St. Michael’s Playhouse, and Essex Community Players. She currently is the choral accompanist at South Burlington Middle and High Schools, Essex High School, and Shelburne Community School. She has performed with the VSO Chorus, played for the Green Mountain Mahler Festival, as well as for VMEA and ACDA events. She accepts additional music-making opportunities on an individual basis. 

Shirley holds two undergraduate degrees from Hartt College of Music where she majored in Voice and Music Education. Additionally she holds a Master’s from Nazarene Theological Seminary.