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Department of Music

Chamber Choir

The Chamber Choir comprises mostly junior and senior music majors in vocal performance and choral music education. Students in other majors are occasionally selected for this ensemble, depending on their background and experience in voice and choral music.

We perform a wide range of traditional and contemporary choral literature, including new compositions by emerging composers, as well as works of both established artists and students.

In addition to our own repertoire, the Chamber Choir sings combined works with the Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Orchestra in performances of choral-orchestral masterworks. We have combined for performances such as:

  • Handel’s "Messiah" and "Coronation Anthems"
  • Mozart’s "Mass in C Minor"
  • Haydn’s "Missa in Tempore Belli (Paukenmesse)"
  • Bruckner’s "Mass in E Minor"
  • Faure’s "Requiem"
  • Honegger’s "King David"
  • Poulenc’s "Gloria"
  • Clausen’s "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"

We are proud to have worked with outstanding conductors and composers, including Eric Whitacre, Jason Bahr and Robert Paterson. The choir also sang a new work with New York Polyphony.

We've toured internationally to Austria, Belgium, France and Italy, performing:

  • Mass at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and St. John the Lateran Divine in Rome
  • Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Blood in Bruges
  • A concert at Bayeux Cathedral in Normandy
  • Mass at La Madeleine in Paris
  • Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and the Dom in Salzburg

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 - 2:50 p.m., and Fridays, 1 - 1:50 p.m.

August 25-27

An audition is required for all students who wish to sing in the Chamber Choir, including returning members. Upperclassmen, regardless of major, are encouraged to audition. Freshmen are invited to sing with the Men's or Women's Choruses.

Chamber Choir (MUSC 105) Audition Requirements

  1. Prepared Piece
    Memorize 1-2 minutes of a prepared selection. This can be an art song, aria or folk song/hymn. An accompanist will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own accompanist if you have one. The staff accompanist will be sight-reading, so if you choose this option, keep the difficulty of the accompaniment in mind.
  2. Sight Reading
    You will be given a short example to read with some chromaticism. Take one minute to look at the line before singing. Solfège, numbers, or a single vowel are all acceptable methods. If you would like to practice before your audition, use a hymnal or basic music text and practice singing individual lines without the aid of a piano. Resources are also available online.
  3. Pitch Memory
    A series of pitches will be played on the piano. You will then be asked to immediately sing them back after the first hearing. There will be several examples.

Students interested in auditioning for any of the curricular choirs must leave the following times available in their class schedules:

Men's Chorus and Women's Chorus - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Chamber Choir - Mondays and Wednesdays 1 - 2:50 p.m., and Fridays, 1 - 1:50 p.m.

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