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A traditional collegiate concert choir, Chorale prepares four separate programs each academic year: a Fall Concert or showcase program, a Christmas Vespers service, a Winter Showcase or tour program (usually taken during Spring Break), and a Spring Concert.

The choir frequently collaborates with professional and student instrumentalists and soloists, usually performing at least one extended work each year. For example, Chorale performed Carissimi’s oratorio Jephte in spring of 2016, and Gonzalez’ Misa Azteca in 2015.

Chorale has toured to Washington D.C., Atlanta, Pennsylvania, Chicago, California, Jamaica, and most recently, Greece.The choir has performed in Carnegie Hall, Washington National Cathedral, National Presbyterian Church, University of West Indies Chapel, and is one of very few choirs to be invited to sing in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

In 2004, Chorale initiated its new music program, in which the ensemble commissions and performs choral works written especially for the group. To date, Chorale has performed seven such premieres, with the composers in residence for six of them. In October 2016, as part of the college’s 125th anniversary celebration, the ensemble will present a recently commissioned arrangement of one of these new works: Carol Barnett’s From the Good Earth, featuring text of the college’s most distinguished alumna, Pearl S. Buck.

Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra provides a rare opportunity for students to gain valuable experience performing side by side with local professional musicians, who supplement the sections in positions not taken by students. Larger works performed by the ensemble include Villa-Lobos Sinfonietta No. 1, and Beethoven Symphony No. 1; with choir, Mozart Requiem, and Gonzalez Misa Azteca. Performances include a fall concert of the orchestra alone, Christmas Vespers with the Randolph College Chorale in December, and Spring Concert in April.

Touch of Harmony

Touch of Harmony (ToH) is a small, auditioned ensemble dedicated to the performance of vocal jazz, popular arrangements, and an occasional madrigal. Over the course of the academic year, ToH regularly appears at local high schools, alumnae events, college functions, sporting events, and often tours with Chorale.

ToH has participated in vocal jazz workshops with VocalEase (the vocal jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band), and with jazz musician and composer in residence Wendel Werner.


Students interested in performing chamber music in small groups may enroll in Ensemble. From semester to semester, different instruments collaborate on works from the literature, one to a part, and receive coaching from a member of the music faculty. Recently, Ensemble was comprised of flute, violin, cello, and piano; past ensembles have included woodwind quartet and piano trio. Chamber groups have performed in departmental recitals and college functions both on and off campus.

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