On June 11-12, 1964, 90 singers gathered with Conductor Elliot Forbes and Assistant Conductors Cecelia Miles and Archie Epps for three days of final rehearsals at Camp Milbrook in Marshfield MA.
Following an opening concert in Plymouth that weekend, the group departed for a tour across the US, up the West Coast to Canada, and back to Cape Cod. Five weeks and 24 concerts later, they gave their final concert in Hyannis on July 19.
Tour highlights included performances with four major symphony orchestras (Cleveland, Ravinia, Vancouver BC, and the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood), and splitting the chorus mid-tour, with half going to Juneau and the other half to Penticton, reuniting for a concert at the Calgary Stampede in the Ice Arena!
On September 26-28, 2014, four dozen tour members (and half again as many non-touring spouses and friends) returned to Cambridge for a reunion and concert. Two years in the planning, headed by the Tour Manager Bill White and a committee of 10, the festivities included:
- an opening night gathering in Holden Chapel with a dinner buffet and continuous slide show of photos taken during the Tour;
- a day-long rehearsal under conductors Sandra Jarrett and Isaiah Jackson, who were both members of the Tour group and subsequently pursued careers in choral music;
- an evening banquet at Adams House; and
- a concert on Sunday morning at the Episcopal Divinity Chapel, at which the group sang 14 of the pieces which they performed during the Tour and honored the 13 members who have since passed away.
Follow-up will include a printed booklet including bios, remembrances, and Reunion photos; a flash drive with Tour photos; and recordings from the Tour and the reunion concert. Post-reunion comments from participants were effusive, with many eager to gather again for a sixth reunion soon.