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

Christmas was alive with music at Second Congregational Church in Londonderry with back-to-back steel drums and string band accompaniment for our choir and congregation. Things have slowed down now for the wintry weather, but Becky’s digging into preparing for new beginnings in the spring.

Becky continues her almost-weekly visits to Timson Hill Preschool where she shares songs, stories, and fun with the little ones. She also continues to lead singalongs with elders at Holton Home, the Bradley House, and Thompson House.

Brattleboro Women’s Chorus rehearsals will start again at the end of February, with Wednesday night and Thursday morning meetings for new and returning singers. Concerts will be Mother’s Day weekend at Centre Church on Main Street in Brattleboro.

Animaterra in Keene will start up Tuesday night rehearsals again in March, with a focus on singing together each week with whoever’s in the room! Drop-ins are welcome. We will have a final gathering/party/concert with details yet TBD.

Big Woods Voices is practicing in preparation for early April concerts in Greenfield, MA and Brattleboro, VT. Other performance dates are in the works.

Come check out Strength To Go On, the latest new addition at Chimsee Music Publishing, Becky’s imprint for original arrangements and compositions.

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