Bowdoin Chamber Choir


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An auditioned group of thirty five that often sings a cappella, the choir's past performances include the music of Kodaly and Bartok sung in their native Hungary, songs of Violetta Parra sung in her native Chile, premieres of new American music for the Society of Composers, Gaelic folksongs sung in Ireland, Messiah with the Portland Symphony, a Jimi Hendrix festival, 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, Gary Hines, Robert Russell, Toshi Shimada, Abraham Adzenyah, Joachim Gehrold, Eric Rice, and Yarina.   

Concerts Fall 2014

Repertoire includes music by Eric Whitacre, Bach, Brahms, and Hassler; Doo Wop and Gospel music;  and Quebecois and Acadian folk music.  Concerts will occur during Homecoming, Parents Day, and semester’s end.

 Bowdoin Chamber Choir 2011

Tour to Germany.  The choir will tour Germany during the first eleven days of spring break.

Course Credit. One half credit per semester towards graduation is earned by participation.

Auditions for first-years will occur during orientation week, Sunday, August 31, 12:30-2:30 , Gibson Hall 209.

Auditions for all students (including first-years who missed the orientation audition) will occur during the first day of fall classes, Thursday Sept. 4 4:00-5:30, Gibson Hall 209.

Audition Procedures.   Check in Gibson Hall for sign-up sheets.    The auditions consist of singing 1) "America" 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

Monday through Thursday, 4:15 to 5:35 must be reserved for regular rehearsals, although in most weeks, sectionals will reduce the amount of time spent in rehearsal to just three days, and there will be occasional extra rehearsals just before concerts. 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.