The Handel Society includes talented singers from across the Upper Valley and beyond to perform choral-orchestral masterworks. Founded in 1807, it is America’s first town-gown choral ensemble, and strives to provide transformative choral experiences for audiences and participants. Its concerts have featured world-renowned soloists, guest artists such as leading Bach authority Helmuth Rilling, and professional orchestras, as well as world premieres and commissioned works.
Filippo Ciabatti is serving as interim conductor of the Handel Society of Dartmouth College. A native of Florence, Italy, he is Music Director of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and the Dartmouth Glee Club. He is the co-founder of the Dartmouth Opera Lab.
Erma Mellinger, a Lecturer in Music at Dartmouth College, earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. A professional singer, she has performed leading roles with many of the country’s major opera companies.