Lorna Cooke deVaronAn Open Sing Honoring Lorna Cooke deVaron

On Sunday, April 3, 2011, two-hundred alumni, family and friends gathered in Brown Hall to celebrate Lorna Cooke deVaron's 90th birthday and sing under her baton once again!




Lorna Cooke deVaron and friends conduct Daniel Pinkham's Wedding Cantata and Haydn's Creation.

Movements from the Haydn’s Creation include:

  • #2: "In the beginning" (solo baritone & chorus)
  • #5: "The marv’lous work" (solo soprano & chorus)
  • #10 & 11: "And the heavenly host, Awake the harp" (tenor solo and chorus)
  • #14: "The heavens are telling" (soprano, tenor, baritone trio & chorus)
  • #20: "The Lord is great" (soprano, tenor, baritone trio & chorus
  • #27b: "Achievèd is the glorious work" (chorus)
  • #33: "Sing the Lord, ye voices all" (solo quartet & chorus)

Emceed by alumnae:
Janet McGhee
& Johanna Hill Simpson

Alumni guest conductors include:
Betsy Burleigh
David Carrier
George Emlen
Joseph Horning
Joshua Jacobson

Open Sing Honoring Lorna Cooke deVaronPhotos

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Lorna Cooke deVaronSlideshow

Watch a slideshow of archival images of Cookie and the NEC Chorus on Flickr! Special thanks to NEC’s Archivist & Records Manager, Maryalice Perrin-Mohr for compiling this online exhibit!





Lorna Cooke deVaronChoral Celebration

On Monday, April 25, 2011 Erica Washburn, Director of Choral Activities, conducted the NEC Chamber Singers and NEC Concert Choir in a choral celebration in honor of Lorna Cooke deVaron's 90th Birthday. The program will included a celebratory commission by an NEC composer.

"Cookie" as she was affectionately called, founded the NEC Chorus and was its director from 1947 to 1988.

Much of the program was suggested by Lorna and featured pieces that she performed during her years at NEC, including two parts of Irving Fine's The Hour Glass, a song cycle dedicated to Lorna and the NEC Chorus. Erica Washburn chose to include Corigliano's Fern Hill because the Dylan Thomas poem it is based on is espcially appropriate for the occasion. Also on the program is the world premiere of Let's Touch The Sky, a celebratory commission by Felicia Sandler of the NEC Theory faculty, that is based on a poem by E.E. Cummings "if up's the word, and the world grows greener".

The complete program:

NEC Chamber Singers:
Mozart: Regina Coeli, kv 108 (edited by Lorna Cooke deVaron)
Irving Fine: Have You Seen The White Lily Grow and O Do NOt Wanton With Those Eyes (Nos. 2 & 3 of “The Hour Glass”)
NEC Concert Choir
Corigliano: Fern Hill
Copland: The Promise of Living (from “The Tender Land”)
Pinkham: Psalm (from "Fanfares")
Felicia Sandler: Let’s Touch the Sky

Date: April 25, 2011 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall