Manchester, CT
Director: Todd Lamson
The Silk City Chorus Official Website

“Pure Imagination” by Newley/Bricusse, arr. Dale/Briner

The Manchester Silk City Chorus was organized in 1963 and has grown to become one of the premier choruses in the state and in southern New England. Under the direction of Todd Lamson, its members, ranging in age from 20 to 70, come from nearly 45 communities and several states. Over its 41-year history, the chorus has won several division championships and in the past decade has consistently placed amongst the top 10 choruses in the Northeast District (New England, Eastern New York, the Canadian Maritime Provinces and the Province of Quebec).

About the Director  Todd is a long-time member of the chapter having joined in 1986 at the age of 11.  He was very active in the Manchester High School music program, playing saxophone in the various bands and ensembles, singing in the choruses including the select Roundtable Singers, singing in a barbershop quartet of his own formation while also performing in many theatrical performances at the high school including 'Barnum'.  He subsequently earned a BS in Music Education from Plymouth (NH) State University and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Returning to the chapter after college in 1998, Todd continues to improve his knowledge and craft while also sharing his knowledge and experience across the entire Barbershop Harmony Society.  He has twice attended the Society’s Director College in Missouri where he took the highest level courses the Society offers its top directors.  He is a certified instructor for two Society-wide programs, 'Directors of the Future' and 'Chorus Director Workshop Intensive', as well as being on the Board of Review for that program.  Todd’s talents are recognized throughout the Barbershop Harmony Society by all who have experienced the joy of singing under his direction as attested to by the growth in chapter membership over the last three years.

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  • This program is sponsored in part by:

    Additional support is provided by: A grant from The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts from the Raymond E. and Mildred G. Clark Foundation Fund and the Members of WGBY.