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Bowdoin Chamber Choir

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An auditioned group of thirty five 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, 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 2013

Repertoire includes two works by Eric Whitacre, music by Lili Boulanger, Renaissance music by Orlando do Lasso that will be coached by the German vocal ensemble Singer Pur, Scottish folk music performed with Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout, and a spiritual arrangement by Joseph Joubert.  We will be joined in our concerts on Parents Weekend and at the end of the semester by Bowdoin’s Artist in Residence, George Lopez, at the piano.  Plans are in the works for a tour during winter break. 

 Bowdoin Chamber Choir 2011

Choir Syllabus (Music 271)

Rehearsal Schedule

Monday through Thursday, 4:15 to 5:35 must be reserved for regular rehearsals, although most 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 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.

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


Auditions for first-years will occur during orientation week, Sunday, Sept 1, 3:15-5:15, 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. 5 4:00-5:30, Gibson Hall 209.  If you celebrate Rosh Hashanah, email the director to schedule a different audition time (Robert Greenlee, rgreenle@bowdoin.edu).

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.