pre-show music by ‘The Extension Chords’

Camden Hills ensembles present annual Spring Concert

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ROCKPORT —On Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m., the Camden Hills Regional HS Choral ensembles will present their annual Spring Concert.  

Under the direction of Kimberly Murphy, accompanied by Matt Mainster and assisted by student teachers Saphrona Stetson and Eben Wight, the choruses will present a musical variety of selections in the Strom Auditorium.

Of note this year will be pre-show music, provided by student ensemble: The Extension Chords.

The Extension Chords (Myles Kelley, piano; Katherine Bowen, bass; Owen Markowitz, drums) play a variety of jazz classics and will accompany the CHRHS Chorale on the first number Like a Mighty Stream. Arrive early (6:30 p.m.) to listen to this student ensemble.

The Chorale will round out their portion of the concert with a number entitled: Give Us Hope by James Papoulis. Papoulis has garnered a reputation for writing contemporary choral pieces that speak to the heart of young singers everywhere, according to CHRHS, in a news release.

On this number, the CHRHS Chorale will be joined by approx. 50 young singers (4th – 6th grade students), from the five-town area.

“Thank you to teachers Anne Brady, Allysa Anderson, Emily Mathieu and Shelly Burcalow for encouraging their choristers to join in with the high school singers,” said CHRHS, in the release.

Following the Chorale, the Treble Choir and Chamber Singers will present a selection of works that cover genres from American Spirituals, Folk Songs, classic Sacred settings (recently performed at the Lewiston Basilica), and contemporary works from Broadway.  

Both ensembles will be conducted by student teachers Stetson and Wight, as part of the culmination of their semester-long residency.

The Chamber Singers will also perform the three selections that recently garnered them a “Superior with Distinction” award at the Maine ACDA adjudicated festival in April.

The student-led a cappella ensembles: The Off Beats and Fortissima will present two selections, where upon the Chorale will return to the stage to honor District III and All State singers with a Mac Huff arrangement of “A Million Dreams”. The concert will end with the Caribbean-themed McClure: “Kyrie” which will be accompanied by steel drums and percussion.

Admission to the concert is free with donations to the 2020 Chamber Singer Festival Trip heartily accepted.

The CHRHS annual Spring Choral Concert on Monday, May 13, will be held in the Strom Auditorium at 7 p.m., with pre-concert jazz music at 6:30 p.m.  

For more information, contact Kim Murphy at 236-7800 x 3295 or email

Event Date: 

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 6:30pm

Event Location: 

Camden Hills Regional High School


25 Keelson Drive
Rockport  Maine
United States