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Neponset Choral Society

Bringing song to our community for 74 years!

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About Us

Founded in 1949, Neponset Choral Society (NCS) is a semi-professional all-volunteer chorus located in Foxboro, MA. dedicated to ​bringing the joy of music to our community.


Visit the following pages to learn more about NCS, how to sing with us and support us,and discover why singing with us is a unique and ​fulfilling experience!



Artistic Staff

Christopher Martin is currently the K-12 Fine Arts Director for the Westborough Public Schools. He holds a ​Master’s degree in Music Education (magna cum laude) and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Vocal ​Performance (cum laude) from Ithaca College. Christopher earned his administrative licensure through Boston ​University and the Education Cooperative.

Christopher is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, ​the National Association for Music Education, and the Massachusetts Music ​Educators Association (MMEA). He served as the All-State Chorus Manager from ​2009-2011, Concert Manager for the All-State Conference from 2013-2015, and ​the Chorus Manager for the Central District MMEA Senior Festival from 2015-​2017.

Linda Jiorle-Nagy teaches at Boston University, formerly served on the piano ​faculty at Brown University, and currently serves as Assistant Director for the

Neponset Choral Society. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Douglass College of Rutgers University, ​graduating with honors in music. Linda earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance from Boston ​University School for the Arts, where she received honors in piano.


She was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays/Daad Scholarship to study in Köln, West Germany, where she ​attended the Staatliche Hoch-schule Für Musik. Linda earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance ​from Boston University, with her dissertation topic focused on the Makrokosmos of George Crumb.

An active solo and chamber pianist in New England, Linda has appeared at the American Liszt Festival and the American Matthay Festival. ​Recent performances with the Neponset Choral Society have included works by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Ginastera, and Liszt.

Our Sponsors and Memberships

Chorus america

NCS is a member of Chorus America. ​Chorus America strengthens singing ​communities with the advocacy, ​connections, and resources they need to ​be a vital part of society. Visit ​chorusamerica.org for more information.

ma​ss cultural council

NCS is supported in part by grants from ​several Local Cultural Councils, local ​agencies which are supported by the ​Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


Greater boston choral ​consortium

NCS is a member of the Greater Boston ​Choral Consortium, a cooperative of ​diverse choral groups in Boston and the ​surrounding area. For more info visit: ​bostonsings.org.


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Upcoming Events

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Come Hear us sing!

Stay tuned for more information including how ​to purchase tickets to our concerts.


In the meantime, click here to see our updated ​Calendar of Events!

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Sing With Us!

Join an open rehearsal

Those interested simply come to one of our two ​open rehearsals each season and then pay for ​their music and member dues if they choose to ​continue - No audition required!

contact our ​membership chair

To learn about other ways to join Neponset ​Choral Society, email our membership chair!​

rehearsals

We currently rehearse every Monday ​evening from 7:45-10pm at Bethany ​Congregational Church, Foxboro.

Why Join NCS?

One common thread that ties us all together is the collective grief of the past few years. Whether it be a loss of normalcy, jobs, loved ones, ​or even just a loss of a sense of security and well-being—we’ve all felt it. We’ve learned that the connection we have to each other is what ​truly creates a community. Simply put, that’s why we’re here! The members of NCS come together each week to sing, of course, but it’s ​what we gain by singing with each other that keeps us all coming back each season.


The benefit is tremendous, not only to our audience members but to the members of NCS as well. Singers credit singing in a chorus with ​making them more optimistic, mindful, and resilient. The act of creating music together serves as a source of strength, joy, and community, ​especially during challenging times.

nancy messick, alto

How long have you been with NCS?

Over 30 years!


What keeps you coming back to NCS?

It's a good group of people that are fun to ​be around and great singers. Our amazing ​administrators and directors get us going ​as every program is challenging and ​beautiful!

Rand barthel, tenor

How long have you been with NCS?

Since the Spring of 2000.


What keeps you coming back to NCS?

Feels like I get a little bit better each ​season - it's become a spiritual practice! ​With the stress in life and things upsetting ​me, this helps keep me sane.

erin ryan, alto

How long have you been with NCS?

3 months - and coming back for more!


What keeps you coming back to NCS?

I really love coming on a Monday and ​singing with everyone after a long day of ​work!

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Your Support Matters

For NCS, our journey is one of dedication and passion. As we navigate the challenges of the times, your support has been instrumental ​in our ability to share the gift of music year after year. According to data from the National Endowment for the Arts, artistic event ​attendance has declined since 2017, largely attributed to the pandemic. This decline has directly affected our fundraising capabilities, ​and we need your help to continue our mission.

Your support can help NCS continue to fill the air ​with beautiful music. Your generosity ensures that ​our voices resonate for generations to come. Give ​the gift of music; give the gift of community. We ​sincerely hope that you will consider supporting ​Neponset Choral Society.

Thank you for being a part of our musical journey!



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Other Ways to Support Us

advertise in our concert program

Advertising in our programs is an excellent way to promote your ​business as well as to support the arts in your local area. Our ​performance program booklets are professionally published and printed, ​and copies of previous programs are available if you wish to see a ​sample of the finished product. For more information, email us here!



Sponsor a concert or season

NCS’ projected budget for this season is approximately $52,000. We rely on ​the efforts of our own membership and the generosity of friends and ​sponsors to provide most of our operating funds. Sponsoring a concert is a ​great way to provide support to NCS and enable us to bring music to our ​community. Ways to support a concert include:

  • Sponsor a concert or performance
  • Sponsor tickets for a local youth group, school, senior group, etc.
  • Make an in-kind donation for our raffle
  • Provide a service to NCS free of charge
  • and more!


For more information about concert or season sponsorships, email us here!


visit our online storefront

Support NCS while showing up in style! We have several options ​available on our Zazzle storefront including tshirts, hoodies, water ​bottles, and tote bags. We are continuously updating our offerings so ​make sure to check back often for new items and designs!


Click here to visit our storefront!


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Contact Us

Rehearsal/concert venue

Bethany Congregational Church

3 Rockhill St.

Foxboro, MA 02035

Mailing ADDRESS

PO Box 202

East Walpole, MA 02032

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For Members

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