Berkshire Concert Choir's mission is to present the finest choral literature from all musical periods, striving always for excellence in performance and providing an opportunity to members of the community to express and develop their musical talents and interests. Membership is open to all persons at varying levels of experience and skill who are committed to hard work and the joy of singing.
Berkshire Concert Choir will be welcoming fully vaccinated singers in September for in-person rehearsals. More information to follow.
We are always looking for new talent. Contact us now for information.
Welcome to the 44th season of the Berkshire Concert Choir! The Choir was formed in 1977 with the merger of the Stockbridge Singers, Inc. and The Cantata Choir of South Congregational Church of Pittsfield. We are a membership organization open to all who enjoy singing and are willing to devote one evening a week to rehearsals.
In the past five years Berkshire Concert Choir has made many community connections. In addition to the formal concert season, the choir has become part of the annual Yule for Fuel project at Zion Lutheran Church and the Gospel Fest at South Street Baptist Church, both having community outreach as their goals.
We sponsor four Summer Sings at the Taft Music Hall for the benefit of local food pantries, and we have sung for the residents of Kimball Farms, Devonshire Estates, and Melbourne Place. Our holiday singing has included programs at Festival of Trees in the Berkshire Museum, Ventfort Hall, Red Lion Inn, and Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. Some of our projects are funded by the Pittsfield Cultural Council, and other grants, as well. Berkshire Concert Choir looks forward to many more years in the Pittsfield musical community.
Berkshire Concert Choir welcomes new members. We are a non-auditioned choir, open to all persons, high school age or older, at varying levels of experience and skill, who are committed to the hard work and joy of singing.
Matthew O. Thomas
Interim Artistic Director
After helming two successful virtual choir concerts with the Berkshire Concert Choir as co-music director, Mr. Thomas is honored and excited to be installed as our new Interim Artistic Director for the 2021-2022 season.
Mr. Thomas, who also serves as the newly elected Dean of the Berkshire Chapter of the AGO (American Guild of Organists), is the Director of Music, Choirmaster, and Organist at St. John’s Episcopal Williamstown, , teaches general music and choral music at St. Stanislaus Kostka School, and is a regarded and highly active Choral Conductor, Collaborative Pianist/ Organist, Music Director and Music Educator.
Mr. Thomas holds a double concentration Masters in Organ Performance and Music Composition (Hunter), an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance (Belmont University), and Artist Diplomas from The Russian Academy of Music (piano performance) and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (Musical Theatre Performance).
As a Musical Theatre Music Director, Mr. Thomas served as the Collaborative Pianist and Music Director for Broadway sings for E.A.T., accompanying some of Broadway’s finest personalities, and has served as a vocal coach, and rehearsal and audition accompanist for many stellar performers and productions. In Fall 2019, he joined the creative team as Music Director for the MainStage production of Sweet Charity at MCLA, and in the Fall of 2021, Thomas will join the staff at MCLA as an adjunct professor in the Music Department.
Thomas’s most recent compositions, String Quartet: Hymnos Meditation and Transcendence for solo violin, and Suite Midiévale for solo guitar were premiered at Hunter in New York City during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons.
Marilyn R. Gerhard, President
Rev. Thomas Damrosch, Vice President
Deborah Kellogg, Treasurer
Michael E. Gerhard, Secretary/Clerk
Marsha Rose McDermott
Suzanne W. Pelton
Gillian Jones, Berkshire Eagle