About the Westford Chorus
Bringing choral music to Westford and beyond
Since its founding in 1983, the Westford Chorus has transcended the boundaries of community chorus by performing diverse and challenging works ranging from Mozart's Requiem to P.D.Q. Bach's The Seasonings, from Renaissance polyphony to Spanish Christmas carols, from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana to 1940s swing, to costumed productions of favorites such as Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and Bizet's Carmen. The Chorus has sung with orchestral backup, 18-piece swing bands, and eclectic world music groups such as Urban Myth.
Westford Chorus is supported in part by grants from the Westford Cultural Council and Chelmsford Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Westford Chorus is a member of the
- Central Massachusetts Choral Consortium www.MassChoral.org
- Greater Boston Choral Consortium www.bostonsings.org
2017 William Thoden Scholarship Award
The Westford Chorus is pleased to announce Gillian Limbert as its 2017 recipient of the William Thoden Scholarship Award. The award is named in the memory of beloved chorus and board member Bill Thoden. It is given to a Westford Academy senior who intends to pursue studies in any aspect of choral music.
Gillian’s talents and interests span many aspects of theater and choral arts. She has been involved in over 30 productions over the course of 4 years in the Westford Academy Theater Arts program. This past year she was the student director for “The Gingerbread Lady” and was a member of the chorus and cast for “Spring Awakening”. She intends to pursue a career in music by attending Berklee College of Music and majoring in vocal performance.
Leading the chorus
Jim Barkovic, Music Director
Jim is active in the Boston area as a conductor, pianist, organist and accompanist. In addition to directing the Westford Chorus, he is the Assistant Conductor and Accompanist for the Spectrum Singers.
He also serves as Music Director at West Concord Union Church and Holy Family Parish, both in Concord MA. He is the Chapel Organist at Middlesex School in Concord MA. Jim received his Master of Music in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory. A native of Minnesota, Jim did his undergraduate work at St. Olaf College, with concentrations in music history and theory.
Terry Halco, Assistant Director
Terry is an active accompanist, organist and singer in the Boston area. Originally from Ohio, he received his musical training at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio and at the New England Conservatory of Music.
In addition to Westford Chorus, Terry is the accompanist for Chorus pro Musica (Boston), Musica Sacra (Cambridge) and the choruses of the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He also serves as the Music Director at Harvard Epworth Church, located in Cambridge. He has been the accompanist for the Polymnia Choral Society in Melrose, the Emerson College Chorale, and the Simmons College Chorale.
As a singer, he has performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the vocal ensemble Capella Alamire. His recordings include Kurt Weill's Johnny Johnson, directed by Joel Cohen on the Erato label, and The Early Josquin, directed by Peter Urquhart on the Dorian label.
An elected Board of Directors oversees the chorus. Currently serving are below:
Click on a name, below, to send email to a Director.
|Emily Bell||Publicity Co-Chair|
|Leah Bergquist||Publicity Co-Chair|
|Tom Rarich||Community Chair|