Choral Society Invigorated under new director Jonathan Babbitt

"Babbitt's work on the podium was impressive.  (H)is attention to all details of chorus, orchestra and soloists - both vocal and instrumental - made the performance feel like an organic piece of music-making."

The New Bedford (MA) Standard-Times

Entertaining & humorous.

Under the tutelage of Music Director Jonathan F. Babbitt, the evening rehearsals resemble a crash college course in music theory, music appreciation, timing, phrasing, sound delivery and harmony, all delivered with his entertaining and humorous style.  Rehearsals are fun, but also require dedication and concentration

— The Voice (Connecticut)




Conductor Jonathan Babbitt, whose skills at leading multiple forces seem to be increasing, kept soloists, quartet, orchestra, and chorus neatly under control . . . Babbitt had apparently drilled the orchestra as thoroughly as the chorus . . .

— The Torrington (Connecticut) Register

Persuasive & controlling.

Indeed, Babbitt was able to bring the entire ensemble down to the quietest of endings, as at the close of the (Mozart Grand Mass in C) Kyrie.  He had been able to persuade a lot of people to sing quietly . . . The Gratias, an Adagio section, proved that the conductor had both the chorus and the orchestra not only in balance but under control.  Babbitt’s firm baton technique clearly telegraphed the entrances to the choral sections and the orchestral players.  He made the afternoon.

— The Torrington (Connecticut) Register Citizen


“Dramatic physical movement and energy make him an exciting leader."

— The Hartford Courant

Blends & balances.

Jonathan Babbitt was the able music director who saw to blend and balance and held all nicely under control . . . The chorus repeatedly showed its skill at soft, smooth singing, not the easiest thing for a large group to do . . . The clean lines of the fugue in the third section of the (Brahms) Requiem told of dedicated work by the choristers and their conductor . . . Its successful conclusion came as a result of careful preparation by well-rehearsed singers.

The Torrington (Connecticut) Register


Along with the blending and balancing of chorus, orchestra, and soloists, pacing is entirely the responsibility of the conductor.  Jonathan Babbitt music have been following a map he know would get him and his musicians to where he wanted to go.

— The Torrington (Connecticut) Register