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NO. R-190.  House concurrent resolution honoring the musical choral ensemble Counterpoint and congratulating Robert De Cormier on his receipt of an honorary degree from Middlebury College.


Offered by:  Representatives Head of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Branagan of Georgia, Devereux of Mount Holly, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hutchinson of Randolph, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, McCormack of Rutland City, Moran of Wardsboro, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City and Wright of Burlington

Whereas, choral performance is a distinctive musical genre which has existed in either a religious or secular variation among numerous cultures for many centuries, and

Whereas, Counterpoint, a Vermont-based choral ensemble, performed its premier concert in August 2000 and has quickly gained widespread recognition as an outstanding interpreter of culturally diverse musical offerings, and

Whereas, under the direction of famed choral conductor Robert De Cormier, Director Emeritus of the New York Choral Society and recipient of the 2002 Vermont Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Counterpoint has delighted and impressed audiences with the amazing diversity of its musical offerings and the highly professional quality of its performances, and

Whereas, the ensemble has issued several recordings including its most recently issued CD “Let Me Fly:  Music of Struggle, Solace and Survival in Black America,” and it will be recording a new CD “Counterpoint in the 20th Century” this summer at the UVM recital hall for release early in 2008, and

Whereas, Counterpoint will be starting a three-year artists‑in‑residency program at St. Michael’s College, including an annual concert series at the college, and

Whereas, the voices which contribute to the glorious harmonization that is Counterpoint include sopranos Colleen Flynn Campbell, Amy Frostman, Claire Hungerford, and MaryBeth McCaffrey; altos Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, Carolyn Dickinson, and Linda Radtke; tenors Roger Grow, David Horn, and Nathaniel Lew; baritone Eric K. Brooks; and basses Stephen Falbel and Brett Murphy, and

Whereas, Robert De Cormier, will be recognized for his life of musical accomplishment on May 27, 2007 when Middlebury College presents him a richly deserved honorary doctor of arts degree, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the singers of Counterpoint for their musical gifts to the state of Vermont and congratulates the ensemble’s extraordinary conductor, Robert De Cormier, on being named the recipient of an honorary doctor of arts degree from Middlebury College, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Counterpoint and to Robert De Cormier, both in Belmont.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont