Bowdoin Chorus numbers approximately 60 singers, half of whom are students. The other choristers are faculty, staff and community members. Rehearsals are Sunday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for all singers and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. for sopranos and altos and 8 to 9 p.m. for tenors and basses. The group rehearses in Tillotson (Gibson 101) on the Bowdoin campus. Concerts are performed in Kanbar Auditorium in Studzinski Recital Hall. Students take Chorus for credit (Music 2773) and can satisfy the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) requirement by participating for two or more semesters.
Bowdoin Chorus performs two major on-campus concerts per year. In the fall semester repertoire includes works that are accompanied by solo musicians (piano, harp, etc.) or small ensembles (combos, string quartets). In the spring semester large-scale works are performed, accompanied by the Mozart Mentors Orchestra.
Some concerts are streamed live and archived footage may be available as well at "Bowdoin Talks."
2017 Upcoming Repertoire of the Bowdoin Chorus
Spring semester: Mohammed Fairouz: Different Ways to Pray; world premiere of This Will Be Our Reply to Violence - a musical setting by Aaron Robinson with words by Leonard Bernstein. Also on the program will be Robinson's For Those Who Have Not Died In Vain: Requiem for a New World for chorus, soloists and orchestra.
Fall semester: Heaven & Earth; Jenks & Jazz: a jazzy holiday tribute to the late Maine jazz composer, Glenn Jenks and other works by Joplin, Distler, Zimmermann, Rogers & Hammerstein and others.
Past seasons' sample repertoire of the Bowdoin Chorus
2016-17 – Britten: Ceremony of Carols; Ferko: Festival of Carols; Mechem: Seven Joys of Christmas;
2015-16 – Ramírez: Navidad Nuestra, Misa Criolla; Haydn: The Creation
2014-15 – Mozart: Requiem, Bach: St. John Passion
2013-14 – Robinson, arr.: Black Nativity; Mendelssohn: Psalm 144; Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
2012-13 –Noël Français; Small: As it began to dawn
2011-12 – Handel: Te Deum and Jubilate for the Peace of Utrecht; Jenkins: Requiem
2010-11 – Brahms: Liebeslieder and Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes;
Mozart: Regina coeli and Solemn Vespers
2009-10 – Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil; Haydn: Insanae et vanae curae;
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem
2008-09 – Bach: Magnificat; Cherubini: Requiem
2007-08 – Rutter: Gloria; Orff: Triumph of Aphrodite
2006-07 – Haydn: Heiligenmesse; Rutter: Requiem; Stravinsky: Les noces
2005-06 – Bach: Cantata 140; Poulenc: Gloria
2004-05 - Mendelssohn: Elijah; Handel: Israel in Egypt
2003-04 - Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass; Mozart: Requiem
2002-03 - Bloch: Sacred Service; Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom;
Works by Gorecki, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Dvorák
2001-2002 - Bach Cantata 118; Stravinsky: Mass
2000-2001 - Brahms: Four Songs, Op. 17; Dvorák: Requiem
1999-2000 - Works by Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Chesnokov and Shipovalnikov; Fauré: Requiem;
Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
1998-1999 – Rachmaninoff: Songs for Women's Voices, Op. 15; Zimmermann: Psalmkonzert
1997-1998 - Schubert: Mass in B flat; Orff: Carmina Burana
1996-1997 - Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Duruflé: Requiem
1995-1996 - Ramirez: Misa Criolla; Brahms: Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes
1994-1995 - Bach: Cantata Bleib bei uns; Persichetti: Celebrations for Chorus and Band
1993-1994 - Haydn: Te Deum; Rachmaninoff: Choral Concerto; Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
1992-1993 - Beethoven: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage; Rachmaninoff: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. No solo is required but you may be asked to sing something you know by heart. The audition is not stressful. You will be asked to sing scale patterns to determine your vocal range. You will be asked to sing random 3-note patterns to determine your tonal memory and you may be asked to sing the lower of two notes played simultaneously on the piano. Previous vocal training is not required. Sight reading ability is desired but not required.
Bowdoin faculty, staff, and community members are also welcome to join the Bowdoin Chorus. To schedule an audition please e-mail Prof. Antolini at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (207) 725-3347. Auditions are held in Prof. Antolini’s office, Gibson 209, unless otherwise announced.
Anthony F. Antolini
Director of the Bowdoin Chorus
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