Laurel Mendelsohn

The vocal program at Keene State College is thriving!

Under the direction of Dr. Daniel Carberg, the Music Department has seen a drastic rise in enrollments over the past several years.  This program growth has led to ever-increasing opportunities for vocalists, from opera productions to international choral tours to community outreach and more!

Here are just a few recent highlights…

Tyler Martin

This year at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition, Granite State Chapter, Keene State College had 1st-place winners in two of the three divisions.  

KSC voice students work as professionals in summer musical theater companies and as paid soloists with local musical organizations including the Monadnock Chorus and the Peterborough Messiah.

All voice majors perform in voice studio recitals, representing the studios of Dr. Daniel Carberg, Dr. Matthew Leese, and Professor Pamela Stevens. These recitals give students crucial and additional performing experience, above what is already built into their degree programs. 

Kaiya Idler

In June of 2018, Dr. Matthew Leese and Dr. Daniel Carberg brought Keene Vocal Consort to Pinkerton Academy to perform for and with the Pinkerton Academy’s top choir. Following that, KVC traveled to St. Andrews, NB Canada, where they performed as the featured guests in the St. Andrews Spring Sing Music Festival. They also performed with community members in the Stabat Mater and Sicut Cervus by Palestrina.

Molly McCoy

The Chamber Singers performed outreach choral exchanges at 11 New England high schools, in addition to performing in Quebec City at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec. The Chamber Singers will also perform at the 2018 NH Music Educators Association Conference, serving as a demonstration choir for a conducting masterclass offered by Dr. Sandra Howard.

Our opera workshop is now part of the MET HG Live program, making Keene State the only New England college with this affiliation! This past spring, opera workshop produced The Fairy Queen in collaboration with the Boston renaissance band Seven Times Salt, The Colonial Theater in Keene, the MET HD Live program, and Fuller Elementary School in Keene. 


Daniel Carberg, tenor; Coordinator of Vocal Activities
Sandra Howard, mezzo-soprano; Coordinator of Choral Activities, Chamber Singers Director
Matthew Leese, baritone; Concert Choir, Opera Workshop, and Vocal Consort Director
Pam Stevens, mezzo-soprano


Concert Choir
Chamber Singers
Vocal Consort
Opera Workshop
Contemporary Ensemble
Jazz Combos