The Manchester Choral Society is committed to sharing and promoting the best choral music of a variety of styles and periods through vibrant performances, collaboration, and educational and community outreach.
Established in 1961, MCS is a non-profit, auditioned community choir and continues to be one of the region's most respected choral organizations.
To seek relevance and hope through music
To bring communities together
To promote a sense of unity and peace
Dr. Perkins is in his twenty-fifth year at Plymouth State University, where he is professor of music and director of choral activities. In 2007, he was honored with the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professorship. Dr. Perkins is also music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, and has served as the principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi, guest conductor of the Dartmouth Concertato Singers, Dartmouth Handel Society, and as the music director of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra, and New Hampshire Friendship Chorus. Perkins’ choirs have performed and studied in Canada, England, Peru, Vietnam, South Africa, the American southwest, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Slovak Republic, Austria, South Korea, Brazil, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Morocco, Portugal, and throughout New England.
Perkins is a co-founder, with Dr. Trish Lindberg, of the award-winning Educational Theatre Collaborative, and pianist for Trio Veritas. He holds DMA and MM degrees from the University of Southern California, and a BMu from Brigham Young University. He continued his studies as a Fulbright Scholar in Finland.
Charles Blood, Collaborative Pianist
Charles Blood has served as accompanist for the Manchester Choral Society since 1986. He has also filled this role for musical productions throughout the region, high school and college choirs on two European tours, and numerous area choral workshops, festivals, and recitals. As a member of the music faculty of Notre Dame College, he founded and served as director of the college's Community Music School and coordinator of the Summer Concert Series. He has also taught at St. Paul's School and in the Manchester public schools. Mr. Blood now teaches for the Derry Cooperative School District and is music director at the New Castle Congregational Church. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire where he also earned a Master of Arts degree in music.
Krystal Morin is a graduate from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. She is in her sixth year of teaching music at ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough, NH where she conducts five choral ensembles and teaches general music courses. She is the current music director of the youth choir, Second Generation Manchester Choral Society (2GMCS), and teaches private voice and piano at Manchester Community Music School. She sings in the Manchester Choral Society and has served as both interim music director and assistant music director intern for the organization. She currently serves as secretary on the board of the NH chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Krystal recently worked with the New Hampshire Music Festival to develop the first New England Choral Institute, a one week intensive for singers and conductors. When she’s not doing any of the above, she also sings with the New Hampshire Master Chorale, VOICES 21C and travels every other summer with the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus.
Manchester Choral Society
88 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03101
MCS / Richard Crafts Memorial Scholarship
Each year the MCS awards a $1000 scholarship to assist a qualified student with funding their post-secondary school music studies.
Visit the Scholarship page for more information
2019 - 2020 Board
David Betz, President
Michelle Harrington, Vice President
Brian Fanning, Treasurer
Joel Sadler, Secretary
Liz Sheil, Immediate Past President
Kirsten Mohring, Immediate Past President
Members at large:
Darah Dal Pra
Music Director: Dan Perkins
Assistant Music Director: Krystal Morin