Who’s who?

Sarah Labrie, Music Director

Quincy Choral Society named Sarah Labrie Music Director in 2020. Boston-based conductor, singer, and music educator, Sarah Labrie, is a Choral Director at Lexington High School in Lexington, MA. She was previously a Choral Director at Stoughton High School in Stoughton, MA for eight years. In Spring 2023 she was recognized for significant contributions to Arts and Culture as Artistic Director of Quincy Choral Society, and was awarded the prestigious Abigail Adams Award from the City of Quincy and Mayor Thomas P. Koch.

Outside of conducting and teaching, she actively sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston Symphony Orchestra, Viatores Mundi (Croatia), Sarteano Musica Sacra Choir (Italy), Sarteano Reunion A Cappella Ensemble (Mexico), Vox Futura (Professional Recording Studio Choir), Labyrinth Choir, and in numerous other choral performances throughout North America and Europe. She has also sung professionally in symphonic choirs alongside the New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Labrie’s 2014 choral performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Westminster Choir and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra was nominated for a Grammy. Solo orchestral performances include Ralph Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with the Farmington Valley Symphony, and Pie Jesu from Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem the Pioneer Valley Symphony. She is also a lead singer for The Boston Rock and Soul Revue, is a cantor at St. Leonard’s of Port Maurice in the North End (Boston’s oldest church built by Italian immigrants), and a regular chorister at Trinity Church (Copley). Sarah is in high demand as both a choral and solo musician.

Ms. Labrie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Westminster Choir College with a B.M. in Music Education, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Messiah University with both an M.M. and C.A.G.S. in Choral Conducting. She has had the pleasure of studying conducting and rehearsal technique with Simon Carrington, Brian O’Connell, Dr. Joe Miller, Dr. Amanda Quist, Tom Shelton, Dr. Joy Meade, and Dr. Rachel Cornacchio. She studied voice with Dr. Rochelle Ellis and jazz voice with Ellen Cogen.

Ms. Labrie is the Treble Repertoire and Resources Chair for the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and is an active member of the Massachusetts Music Educator Association (MMEA), the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA), and the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME.) She has been on the Executive Board of the Southeastern Massachusetts MMEA chapter for 5 years, and has managed and adjudicated at both the Senior and Junior levels for 7 years. In both 2021 and 2022, Ms. Labrie was chosen to conduct the Junior Mixed SEMSBA Festival Choir. In 2024 she will be conducting the MMEA Eastern District Junior Mixed Choir, and in 2025 she will be conducting the MMEA Southeastern District Junior Treble Choir. 

Gingy Grimes, Accompanist

Gingy Grimes, graduate of Duke University, has served as accompanist for Quincy Choral Society since 1993. She is also Minister of Music at First Parish in Norwell, Music Director for the Pierce Players of the Milton Public Schools, and Music Director for Derby Summer Arts in Hingham. She is pianist for North Quincy and Quincy High Schools, for Hanscom Middle School in Bedford, and for Temple Beth David in Canton during High Holy Days. She also teaches and accompanies at Milton Academy.

Locally, Ms. Grimes has performed with Brenda Kelly and Paul Frazer. She has been musical director for several theater productions including Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Mencken’s Little Shop of Horrors.

Her son, Brandon Grimes, is an actor/singer/composer in New York City and has been a soloist with QCS. Her husband, Francis Grimes, plays viola professionally throughout New England. Ms. Grimes is thrilled to be associated with Quincy Choral Society!

Gingy Grimes, Accompanist

Board of Directors

Dyan Ruffen-Madrey, President

Nancy Ahonen

Tricia Alvarez

Gordon Behrer, Treasurer

Dwight Dewsnap

Janet Halloran,

Susan Houde

Vicki Karns

Dianne MacDonald

Deborah Jean Parsons

Mary Welsh

Our Mission

The mission of the Quincy Choral Society is to perform diverse, professional quality programs designed to entertain, enlighten, and enrich the human spirit.  Quincy Choral Society has been bringing musical excellence to the South Shore and the world since 1981, performing hundreds of concerts locally and internationally.  Quincy Choral Society is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization with over 90 members and numerous volunteers and supporters, all of whom volunteer their time and talents dedicated to our common mission.

Become a QCS Member

Talented Singers Are Welcome!

No appointment is necessary. You may use the form below to let us know that you are interested.

We ask that if you decide to join, you commit yourself to attend each Monday evening rehearsal not only for your own benefit, but also to benefit the members of your vocal section and the chorus as a whole. ​​The Music Director gives in-depth notes each week and excessive absences can be reason for the Music Director to ask that you not sing in the next concert.

Where We Rehearse

Milton, MA 

Plenty of parking is available at the venue including access to an adjacent parking lot. Our rehearsal space is handicap accessible by elevator for those who need it. 

Member Dues

Dues are $25.00 per person, per semester (Fall/Winter). Chorus members also pay for their own music; prices vary from concert to concert.​  

When We Rehearse

Monday nights 7:30-9:30 PM.

Our Fall season begins the first Monday after Labor Day for our December concert. Our Winter and Spring season begins the first Monday after New Year’s Day for both our March and May concerts.

Join Quincy Choral Society

We take our music seriously while having a lot of serious fun!

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