Bowdoin Chamber Choir (Music 2741/2742)

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Directed by Professor Robert K. Greenlee, Bowdoin’s Chamber Choir is a group of 30-40 students that performs at least three concerts every semester and goes on tour at least every three years, most recently to Portugal and Germany. The Chamber Choir performs contemporary, folk, classical, world, and popular music, including the music of Eric Whitacre, Moses Hogan, J.S. Bach, Ola Gjeilo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Beyoncé.

An auditioned group that often sings a cappella, the choir's past performances include Gaelic folksongs sung in Ireland, a Jimi Hendrix festival, over a dozen works by Eric Whitacre, the music of Bartok sung in his native Hungary, songs of Violetta Parra sung in her native Chile, premieres of new American music for the Society of Composers, Messiah with the Portland Symphony, and the moresche of Lassus at an ACDA convention in Boston, for which only two college choirs were accepted out of an auditioned pool of twenty-three. Past guest artists include Shannon Chase, Emily Isaacson, Gary Hines, Robert Russell, Toshi Shimada, Abraham Adzenyah, Joachim Gehrold, Eric Rice, Volker Jänig, and Yarina. 

 Bowdoin Chamber Choir 2011

Concerts Fall 2018

Our theme this semester is “Sky Music,” and we will be singing Whitacre’s “Cloudburst,” as well as music by Gjeilo, Elder, and Esenwalds; a Dillworth gospel tune; “Yellow” by Coldplay; and a song from the recent show Dear Evan Hanson.

Course Credit

One half credit per semester towards graduation is earned by participation, and the VPA requirement is met by two semesters in Chamber Choir.  

Audition Procedures

Auditions for first-years will occur during orientation week, Sunday, August 26, 2:00-4:00, Gibson Hall 209 (sign up for a time on the first floor of Gibson). Auditions for all students (including first-years who missed the orientation audition) will occur during the first day of fall classes, Wednesday, August 29. 4:30-5:40, Gibson Hall 209.  The auditions consist of singing 1) "The Star Spangled Banner" or any other song you would like; 2) scales, 3) long notes with changes in volume, 4) rhythmic reading, and 5) sight singing. An accompanist will be provided.


Rehearsal Schedule

The entire choir meets Monday and Thursday, 4:30-5:30. Sectionals occurs as follows: tenors, Tuesday, 4:30-5:30; basses, Tuesday, 5:00-6:00; sopranos, Wednesday, 4:30-5:30; altos, Wednesday, 5:00-6:00.   If you have a lab conflict during these times, please contact the director, Robert Greenlee (rgreenle@bowdoin.edu), about your attendance options; it is still possible to sing in Chamber Choir if you have a lab conflict. 

Prof. Robert K. Greenlee, director
Professor in Music
(207) 725-3319

Sample songs from our past three albums--Highlights 1994-2004, Music of the Renaissance/Songs of Ecuador, and In Concert--and buy copies of the respective CDs on our Recordings site.

Some concerts are streamed live and archived footage may be available as well at "Bowdoin Talks."