The Schoodic Summer Chorus

a community chorus directed by Anna Dembska

a program of Schoodic Arts for All

The Schoodic Summer Chorus is a multi-generational a capella community chorus devoted to nurturing musicianship and community, in residence at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor, Maine and sponsored by Schoodic Arts for All. Its members share a passion for singing beautiful and unusual music. Directed by singer and composer Anna Dembska, the chorus is open to anyone who loves to sing.

2018 Program: Order and Chaos

Join the chorus on a musical journey through personal, social, and cosmic order and chaos, as well as order in chaos. Here are possible pieces in the still-evolving repertoire (not in any particular order):

Rainforest Chant (trad. from Sweet Honey in the Rock)

Katy Cruel (trad. early American)

Chinese Proverb (lyrics: trad. music: Sharon Durant)

Gracias a la Vida (Violeta Parra)

How Can I Keep from Singing (Dembska shape note-style arrangement)

There's a Leak in This Old Building (trad. with new lyrics by Cynthia Thayer)

Calling (Paul Fowler)

Endless Light (contemporary shape-note,  music: Cora Nielsen; lyrics: Henry Vaughen/Ethan Ryea )

An die Musik (Franz Schubert)

Scaramella (1501) (Josquin des Prez)

God Bless the Grass (Malvina Reynolds)

Be Like a Bird (lyrics: Victor Hugo, music: anon.)

By the Waters of Babylon (1786) (Philip Hayes)


Rehearsals are at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor, 6-8:30 pm. Scheduled rehearsal are:
Tuesdays, May 22–July 24
Thursday, July 26
Sunday, July 29

We may add one or two extra rehearsals toward the end if we need more practice. There may also be some sectionals from 5–6 pm on Tuesdays. This would mean each section (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) would come once or twice at 5 if possible.

To make sure everyone is prepared to perform the music together, we ask that singers commit to missing no more than 2 rehearsals. If you have a scheduling problem but really want to sing with us, please contact Anna.


Monday, July 30, 7 pm, Schoodic Arts Festival, Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor

We will also probably give 2 other performances in August in Ellsworth and Southwest Harbor—dates and venues TBD by chorus members.

Sign Up!

The Schoodic Summer Chorus is primarily supported by membership dues, but we want everyone who wants to sing to be able to join us. Scholarships are available for all who need them.

Membership fee:
adults: $120
students: $60
families: $120 for 1 parent/adult & child; additional children $30 each
(Children as young as 10 have sung with the chorus, but usually 12 seems a good age to begin. If you wonder if your child will be a good fit for the chorus, please contact Anna)

To sign up for the chorus or questions about dues and payment, please contact Schoodic Arts for All.

For questions about music, rehearsals, and performances, contact Anna.