Bowdoin Chorus is a 60-voice auditioned group made up of Bowdoin students, faculty, staff and community members. Rehearsals are Sunday evenings from 7 to 9:30 for all singers and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. for sopranos and altos and Thursdays from 8 to 9 p.m. for tenors and basses. We rehearse in Tillotson (Gibson 101) on the Bowdoin campus. Students take Chorus for credit (Music 273).
Bowdoin Chorus sings two major on-campus concerts per year, sometimes accompanied by an orchestra of students, faculty, staff and community players. On the 2009-2010 season performances will include Rachmaninoff's "All Night Vigil" and Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem.
Some concerts are streamed live and archived footage may be available as well at "Bowdoin Talks."
Past seasons' sample repertoire of the Bowdoin Chorus
2007-08 - Rutter: Requiem; "Come, Bring with a Noise" by Richard Francis '92
2006-07 - Stravinsky: Les noces
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. Please see the sign-up sheet posted in Gibson Hall. Whether you choose to audition alone or in a group you are not expected to bring a prepared solo. You will be asked to sing scales, note and rhythm patterns and an easy canon. The audition is not stressful. Previous vocal training is fine but not required.
Community members are also welcome in the Bowdoin Chorus. Auditions are held at the beginning of every semester. For more information or to schedule a private audition, please call Chorus director, Tony Antolini, at 725 3347 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony F. Antolini
Director of the Bowdoin Chorus
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