Chorus & Orchestra

The Sounds of Stow Chorus is an all-volunteer group dedicated to achieving excellence in music through challenging and fun rehearsals.

The Sounds of Stow Orchestra is drawn from a talented pool of local musicians, and joins the Chorus for its fall and winter concerts.

Sounds of Stow has performed for over 35 years, many times in collaboration with other groups in the cultural neighborhood. Our delight in bringing treasured classical music to vigorous life is balanced with a proactive and supportive stance toward emerging new works, performers, and composers.

Led by artistic director Barbara Jones, our organization has brought music of a high quality spanning many centuries to the community. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The chorus began as a humble entry at a Stow Springfest celebration, it incorporated in 1992, and the group is now one of the most respected musical groups in the area, presenting three concerts each year to packed audiences and critical acclaim.

Sounds of Stow is especially known for exploring and bringing to light either major works that are underperformed or new editions of familiar repertoire that reflect advances in current scholarship. The organization gave the first Boston peformance  in a century of the Grand Mass in E-flat by New England’s own Amy Beach (1995), resulting in the first commercial recording of this piece, available from Albany Records.  Another “first in New England” was The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace, by Welsh Composer Karl Jenkins (2011).  Other rarely heard offerings include Robert Levin’s completion of Mozart’s Requiem (1998), Berlioz’s Messe Solennelle (2001), Zelenka’s Missa Dei Filii (2007), and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (2010).  In 2004, the chorus performed a  collection of “Dona Nobis Pacem” movements from the great masses by Bach, Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven, and in 2006,  Bostonian Horatio Parker’s Hora Novissima.

At the fall and winter concerts, in addition to major choral and orchestral works, audiences were delighted by Ernest Goldman’s incomparable renditions of the piano concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms; and the artistry of violinists Lawrence Franko and Ming-Chi Tsai, cellists Ariana Falk and Cecilia Lee, and pianists Gregory Tolwinski and Keane Southard who between them have performed concertos by composers from the Baroque period all the way up to one commissioned for Sounds of Stow in 2012.  (A complete listing of the group’s repertoire is available at <Previous Concerts>.)

To continue to bring such great music to the area, as well as to offer performance opportunities to so many singers and players, Sounds of Stow relies on both ticket sales and donations. Please consider supporting us with time and energy too, it’s just as crucial to our success–and it can be so much fun! There are lots of ways to feel like you’re part of the big picture; and we are grateful for the involvement of everyone in our community. Donors are thanked on a special page in our November and March programs. Contributions in kind are also encouraged and gratefully accepted.

Sounds of Stow is a member of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium and the Central Massachusetts Choral Consortium.

Donations may be sent to Sounds of Stow, PO Box 303, Stow, MA 01775.