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.   

 Bowdoin Chamber Choir 2011

Concerts Fall 2016

Repertoire this fall consists of music in the time of Henry VIII and Edward the V, and the songs of Beyoncé and Adele.  Performances occur on Family Weekend (October 22 at 4:00), at the Portland Early Music Festival (October 30 at 4:00), and at the end of the semester (Dec. 3 and 4 at 3:00).

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 28, 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, Thursday Sept. 1, 4:00-5:30, 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."