Jeff Rehbach enjoys making choral music! In addition to his work with the Vermont Choral Union since July 1, 2011, Jeff has conducted the Middlebury College Community Chorus, a 90-voice ensemble open to students, faculty, and community members throughout Addison County and nearby towns. He also served as conductor of the Middlebury College Chamber Singers from 2000 to 2007, and as conductor of the Middlebury Congregational Church choir for fifteen years. He currently assists with worship activities at Middlebury's Memorial Baptist Church.
An active choral singer, conductor, and worship musician, Jeff has coached and performed with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Early Music Vermont, the Middlebury College Musical Players, and the Middlebury Community Players. Jeff is well-known as the conductor of the annual open reading of Handel's Messiah at the Middlebury Congregational Church.
Jeff came to Middlebury in 1981, and his positions at the College included Music Librarian, Systems Librarian, Director of Information Technology, Special Projects Manager, and Policy Advisor, and Area Director for Enterprise Systems for Library and Information Services (LIS). He retired from LIS in summer 2010.
Jeff serves on the board of the Vermont American Choral Directors Association. He volunteers with Village2Village Project supporting orphaned children in Uganda, and with Elderly Services, Inc., where, with his wife Meredith, he has taught classes on hymn traditions and computer use.
Jeff attended Cornell University (Master of Arts, Musicology, 1982; Bachelor of Arts, Music, 1975) and Syracuse University (Master of Library and Information Studies, 1981). At Cornell, he served as director of the Collegium Musicum and a select women's a cappella ensemble, and as assistant conductor of the Cornell Chorus and Sage Chapel Choir. He has studied vocal and instrumental early music with Ellen Hargis, Drew Minter, and David Douglass.