Meet the Founder/ Director
Two Rivers Community Choir enables singers to put their BEST voice forward!
I am an educator/director/musician/soloist living in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. I make it my utmost goal to support each singer toward vocal health, and to provide a safe, enthusiastic, and encouraging environment for singers of all levels to find joy, strength, and camaraderie in my singing groups.
I live, breathe, and am consumed with music and teaching (private in-home and online voice and piano lessons for ages 6 and up), vocal workshops, and sound healing sessions. There is NO reason you should not excel at accessing and owning our unique voice, be it speaking, singing, playing an instrument, or discovering one's vocation through actualizing your unique voice.
I founded and direct Two Rivers Community Choir, TraverSing Hospice and Palliative Choir, as well as Voicings Adventure Singing Camp. I am the chapter leader for Monadnock Area Justice Choir, and am the Music Director at Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church. I have spent a lifetime synthesizing my voice, vocation, and livelihood, creating avenues to assist others in doing the same. Sing with you soon!
The only thing better than singing, is more singing!
We sing an eclectic mix of songs from across the globe, and as close as NH and VT composers. In any semester, we run the gamut of contemporary composers, to 16th century Georgian to Spanish Renaissance, from South African traditions to the New England Shape Note tradition; from Japan to Estonia. We "round" things out with some canons. Each concert season will take us from the silly to the sublime; poignant poetry, lyric lullabies, songs which transport both singer and audience.
Hear what our singers have to say about Two Rivers Community Choir.
About ten years ago I began working with Marybeth privately and in her community choir.
I had very little confidence or competence.
Her irrepressibly positive, enthusiastic, and caring approach has been enormously helpful to me, both as a singer and as an educator.
The songs that Marybeth selects come from a wide range of cultures, languages, eras, and genres, but are consistently delightful -and challenging - in their harmonies.
With consummate grace, kindness and patience, Marybeth challenges us and brings out the best in every singer.
Why do I return to Two Rivers Community Choir for season after season? It is an opportunity to be in a relaxed place with friends, music, and growth. The place is free of stress, the friends are sharing the joy of singing, the music is joyous, and the growth is ongoing after all of these years.
This was my first choir experience and since I don't read music, I wasn't sure how I'd be able to learn the songs and keep up.
Marybeth works with every singer where he or she is, and uses her extensive experience, a variety of teaching methods, and great heart to bring out the best in all of us.
Now singing in my third year, it is a delight to blend my voice with this wonderful and ever-expanding group!
A friend and I have been driving from the greater Boston area to Peterborough, NH, every Sunday during the fall and spring semesters to sing with Two Rivers...under Marybeth's tutelage. The beautiful, interesting and eclectic folk songs from around the world, the opportunity to sing in small ensembles as well as with the choir as a whole, and the sense of community that Marybeth builds not only with the music that we create together... year after year, are why I recommend this choir wholeheartedly!
Singing with Two Rivers is fun, hard, a good stretch, illuminating and gloriously rewarding.