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Jonathan F. Babbitt holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Yale University and the Yale School of Music, where he was Director of the Yale Freshman Chorus and Associate Director of the Yale Glee Club under the tutelage of Fenno Heath.  Active as a teacher, clinician, conductor, recitalist, adjudicator and composer, Mr. Babbitt has appeared across the United States and Canada, and toured Europe more than fifteen times as both organist and conductor, performing repertoire from the Renaissance to the contemporary.  His compositions have premiered at the prestigious International Contemporary Music Festival in Bonn, Germany, and at Connecticut and Rhode Island Music Educator's Association events here in the United States.  Early in his career he taught at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and was Head of the Music Department and Organist/Choirmaster at St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island.

Babbitt has more than two dozen published recordings to his credit, including Benjamin Britten's War Requiem; the Verdi Requiem; Mozart’s Grand Mass, Litanies of the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, Requiem, and assorted shorter works; Handel's Messiah; John Rutter's Magnificat, Te Deum, Gloria and Requiem; Bach's  Magnificat, and three CDs of a capella part songs with the Chamber Singers of Swanhurst Chorus, which he conducted for 26 years.

A life-long church musician, Babbitt cut his musical teeth as an 8-year-old boy soprano in Litchfield, Connecticut.  His first position as Organist came at the age of 14; 2015 marked his 40th anniversary as a professional liturgical musician, and he remains an active and involved member of both the American Guild of Organists and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Mr. Babbitt holds concurrent appointments as Music Director of the Litchfield County Choral Union at the Yale Summer School of Music and  Art in Norfolk, Connecticut, Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Applied Music Studies and Adjunct Professor of Music at Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut, Music Director of the Greater New Bedford Choral Society, and Music Director of the New England Sacred Camerata, based in Adamsville, Rhode Island, where, with mezzo-soprano Allison Messier, he also maintains Sakonnet Music Studios, a private teaching and consulting enterprise


Dwight Thomas is a native of Rhode Island where he studied organ privately with several local church musicians.  From age 14 he has served as organist at churches in Pawtucket, Providence, and Taunton, and recently celebrated his 20th anniversary as Director of Music at the Unitarian Memorial Church in Fairhaven.  He has served as accompanist for a number of area ensembles and soloists.  Mr. Thomas joined the  Greater New Beford Choral Society in the Fall of 2016. 

The Greater New Bedford Choral Society has been bringing classical choral music to  listeners in southeastern Massachusetts since its founding in 1964.  We present one concert in spring (usually May)  and another in winter (December or January).  Our concerts typically include one major choral work plus a selection of shorter pieces chosen for the season of the year and are performed in area churches. We have combined with the New Bedford Symphony, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chorus and other area choral societies to perform larger works.


The Choral Society at Rehearsal

Rehearsals are
Tuesdays 7:30pm to 9:30pm
at First Unitarian Church
Corner of Union St. and Eighth St.
New Bedford, MA

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