Our History

The Suncook Valley Chorale was organized in Pittsfield, NH in 1982 as part of that town’s bicentennial celebration, and we’ve been thriving in the decades since. Our membership has grown to about 60; we are now based in Concord, NH and draw singers from a large number of surrounding cities and towns.

We have always been a non-auditioned chorus, but continue to grow in the depth of musical ability and the breadth of our repertoire. Our membership ranges in age from the teens to the 80’s.

Scott Lounsbury , Director

Scott began leading the Suncook Valley Chorale in Fall of 2001. Ever since high school, Scott has been an active participant in the world of choral music. His first job was as a music teacher for Gilford Middle High School. While there, he discovered the joy of working with adult, amateur choral groups, and he has been an active leader of such community ventures ever since. He has been a church choir director (including a year in Concord at St. John the Evangelist Church), a summer band leader, and a community theater director. Scott is currently a chorus and music teacher for the Belmont Middle and High Schools. He gets great satisfaction that over the years, several of his students and former students have joined him here in the chorale. Living with his wife and son, Matthew, in Wolfeboro since 1992, he is very active in that community’s musical life, including various roles within the Great Waters Music Festival and directing an a cappella ensemble, Some Friends, where he, his wife Rosemary and 13 friends create beautiful harmonic sounds for the enjoyment of the audience. He is a busy member of his home parish, St. Katharine Drexel, in Alton, where he participates in everything from the music program to religious education. His creative outlets include composing, and writing poetry, at times combining the two, for the benefit of his choruses. An enthusiastic director, he lists as his greatest passions to be family, community, God and creating music that brings those three together. He takes great pride in assisting amateur singers to dig deeply enough to sound their absolute best, and he has been helping the Suncook Valley Chorale Sing for Joy since 2001.

Calvin Herst, Accompanist

Calvin Herst joined the staff of the Chorale in the fall of 2014, though he has been a fan for more than a decade. He has been making music with Scott Lounsbury for even longer, having met him two months after moving to Concord in 1997, and is thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to make music with Scott on a weekly basis.

Calvin has been the Director of Education and Community Partnerships at the Concord Community Music School since 1997, where he manages the faculty, heads the community partnership program, and serves as staff accompanist for dozens of recitals each year. He is also the staff pianist for the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord, and a founding member of the Larksong Trio.

Since 2013, he has been having a fabulous time working as a realtor with the team at Cowan and Zellers Real Estate Professionals. He also loves spending time with his family, windsurfing, sailing, and home renovation projects.