An auditioned group of thirty that often sings a cappella, the choir's past performances include Ecuadorian music sung in the Andes, Mendelssohn motets performed in Germany, premieres of new American music for the Society of Composers, Gaelic folksongs sung in Ireland, Messiah with the Portland Symphony, a Jimi Hendrix festival, the Bach Birthday Bash at Merrill Auditorium, 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 Gary Hines, Robert Russell, Toshi Shimada, Abraham Adzenyah, Joachim Gehrold, Ray Cornils, Eric Rice, and Yarina.
Repertoire this year includes music by American composers Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen, the Austrian composers Schubert, Bruckner, and Haydn, and the Hungarians Bartok, Kodaly, and Liszt; and we will premier a new work by the conductor of the Hungarian Chamber Symphony, the Spaniard Alberto Roque Santana. In addition to the choir’s performances at the end of each semester, there are also concerts during Parents Weekend and Homecoming, and plans are in the works for a tour in the spring.
Monday through Thursday, 4:15 to 5:35 must be reserved for regular rehearsals, although some weeks sectionals will reduce the amount of time spent in rehearsal, and there will be occasional extra rehearsals just before concerts. If you have a lab conflict during these times, please contact the director, Robert K. Greenlee, about your attendance options.
Prof. Robert K. Greenlee, director
Professor in Music
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.
Auditions for all students will occur during the first two days of fall classes. Check the first floor of Gibson Hall for posted schedules and sign-up sheets; the auditions occur upstairs in Room 209. They consist of 1) singing "America" or any other tune or piece you would like (in your choice of keys), 2) scales, 3) long notes with changes in volume, 4) rhythmic reading, and 5) sight singing. An accompanist will be provided. Try to arrive a little early to warm up and to fill out an audition form.