The Schoodic Summer Chorus

a program of Schoodic Arts for All

Selections from performances 2016–19

The Schoodic Summer Chorus is a multi-generational a cappella 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, unusual, and challenging music. Directed by singer and composer Anna Dembska, the chorus welcomes anyone who loves to sing.

2021 season: an outdoor chorus

2021 is the chorus’s 20th season! Like most choruses, our 2020 season was cancelled, so we are especially excited to be singing together again this summer.

Due to the pandemic, we’ll be rehearsing outdoors this year, at least to begin with. We’ll be following Maine CDC protocols as they evolve.


Rehearsals are outdoors, at or near Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor, 4-6:30 pm.
Tuesdays, May 25–July 27
Thursday, July 29
Sunday, August 1

We may add one or two extra rehearsals toward the end if we need more practice. There may also be some sectionals from 6:30–7 pm on Tuesdays. This means each section (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) would stay until 7 pm once or twice, if possible and if needed.

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 through the form below.


Monday, August 2, 6 pm, Schoodic Arts Festival. Festival performances this year will be at the Prospect Harbor Town Park.

We will also probably give 1 or 2 other performances in August in other Downeast locations—dates and venues TBD by chorus members.

The Music

Here’s this year’s repertoire (subject to a little change)—(renditions of many of these can be found on Youtube):

Walking — round by Kristin Norderval
Hard Times Come Again No More — Stephen Foster, with updated lyrics
Fre O — trad. Haiti, arr. Sten Kellman
Megruli Nana — trad. Republic of Georgia lullaby
Fern — Anna Dembska
Juramento — Miguel Matamoros
Si Te Credisse — anon, 17th cent. Napoli
Strong Enough — Lea Morris
Three Treasures — Anna Dembska
Wind of Change — Lea Morris
Getting Up Morning — trad. spiritual
Yo Mene Vado — trad. Italy
Sto Mi E Milo —trad. Macedonia/Bulgaria
Chi la Gagliarda — Baldassare Donato (17th cent)
Big Sky — Seth Houston
Turn the World Around — Harry Belafonte

Sign Up!

The Schoodic Summer Chorus is supported by the Bill Thayer Scholarship Fund, which will cover expenses for those who can’t afford the suggested membership fee.

suggested 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 below.)

To sign up for the chorus, please follow this link to Schoodic Arts for All.

For questions about singing, music, rehearsals, and performances, contact Anna through the form below: