Musician and Storyteller

Becky Graber is a versatile musician and storyteller.

She is playful and encouraging, creating a spirit of fun and a strong sense of community as she leads others in the joyful pursuit of expressive language and music. Becky has crafted compositions and arrangements for women’s voices, many of which are now available online through her company, Chimsee Music Publishing. Becky offers lessons, workshops, and performances in singing and storytelling.

Based in Brattleboro, Vermont, Becky is active in local music making and is on the New Hampshire Arts Council roster. Becky is the founder and conductor of the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus, director of Animaterra Women’s Chorus in Keene, NH, and one of four singers in Big Woods Voices.

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Chimsee Music Publishing

Publishing works for women’s chorus by Becky Graber

Chimsee Music Publishing, founded in 2018, is a press that specializes in works for female voices.  Currently the Chimsee (pronounced “Kim-zee”) catalogue is music composed or arranged by Becky (Rebecca) Graber. Much of the music in the Chimsee catalogue was premiered by the Brattleboro (Vermont) Women’s Chorus, an ensemble Becky founded in 1996, and still directs. Many songs were performed in our Spring 2016 concert at Next Stage Arts in Putney.

Chimsee was my first dog, a gentle and devoted German shepherd who was named after Lake Chiemsee in Germany.  (I’ve spelled his name wrong all my life and at this point I’m going to stick with my mis-spelling.) Chimsee left our family in 1960, at about the same time my parents bought a piano to replace our pump organ, and I began learning how to notate my compositions. -Becky

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Good pals: Chimsee and Baby Becky, circa 1955. Ready for action in Avon Lake, Iowa

Latest News

ANIMATERRA FINALE: The culmination of our Animaterra spring sessions will be May 4 at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 69 Washington Street in Keene, NH. It will be a potluck and a music sharing, including both a performance and some teaching and singing with “who’s in the room.” Donations are welcome!

BWC CONCERTS:  This spring, the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will perform their annual spring concerts, titled “The Road Home,” on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 12 at 4:00 pm at the Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro.

Tickets are $12 adult, $20 generous, $10 student and senior, and will be available at BrownPaperTickets.com in late April or at the door. For information email gro.s1558688572urohc1558688572snemo1558688572worob1558688572eltta1558688572rb@of1558688572ni1558688572 or call 802-254-8994.

SUMMERTIME COURSES:

1) Becky will be leading a short summertime session through Animaterra on three Tuesday evenings in Keene, June 4 through June 18th, from 6:30 – 8:30. She will offer the same content on three Thursday mornings at the BMC, 10:00 – noon. The cost is $40 for the three sessions and the finale. Keene registrations will be through Animaterra; Brattleboro registrations will be through Becky. This series will culminate in a summertime sing on June 21st at the Sumner Knight Chapel. Registered singers will perform some songs (Summertime, maybe Silvy!, Wild Mountain Thyme…) and then just SING some songs with those who come. Becky will teach songs at the final sing, which will be open to the public, and provide music if needed).  You can mix and match Tuesdays and Thursdays if you need/want to. The third option is just to come be a part of the event, probably from 7:00 – 9:00. More details (including registration forms) will follow.

2) Ali Burns will lead a workshop, sponsored by the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus, on Monday, July 15, from 10:00 – 4:00 at the Brattleboro Music Center, for women who love to sing. Ali is the composer of “Give Me Wings,” “May You See Diamonds,” and many other beautiful songs. Becky will be handling registration for this workshop; reading music is not a pre-requisite. The cost will be a sliding scale of $50 – $75 plus lunch (or bring your own!). Ali’s from England, so she’s far from home, and this is a fabulous opportunity to spend a day singing and learning from her!

3) Becky and her friend Kristen Carmichael-Bowers will offer a workshop on August 9 and 10 (two afternoons and an evening performance) for solo singers through the Brattleboro Music Center. This is based on last year’s workshop, only we made it a bit longer. Details will be here eventually! https://bmcvt.org/summer-programs/

4) Peggo Horstman-Hodes (the director of Concord’s Songweavers) and Becky will team up to lead a 24-hour workshop (yes, you will have time to sleep!) from 4 pm on Thursday, August 15 to 4 pm on Friday, August 16 at Hallelujah Farm in West Chesterfield, NH. This will be for singers from Animaterra, Brattleboro Women’s Chorus, and Songweavers. It always fills up (usually early!) and is a great gathering. You could stay at home if you’re close enough, or stay overnight there; many of the rooms will fill up with Songweavers from Concord who don’t have the option of going home. Registration details will be available early in June.

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