Chorale is Randolph College's largest music performing ensemble. Chorale prepares four separate programs each academic year: a brief Fall Concert or showcase program, a Christmas Vespers service, a tour program (usually taken during Spring Break) or Winter Showcase, 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, we plan to perform Vivaldi's Gloria with orchestra in December, 2013. Chorale has toured to Washington DC, 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 them. To date, Chorale has performed seven such premieres, with the composers in residence for six of them. Our Spring 2014 composer in residence is Randall Davidson (http://www.boysartmusic.com/biography/index.html).
Touch of Harmony 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 they usually tour with Chorale. ToH has participated in vocal jazz workshops with VocalEase (the official vocal jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band), and with jazz musician and composer in residence Wendel Werner, who performed with them onstage in April 2008. In 2008-2009, ToH performed the world premiere of "Dinosaur Jazz," a gift from Werner to the ensemble.
Our newly-formed Chamber Orchestra will prepare three separate programs in the 2013-2014 academic year: an orchestra-only concert in December, 2013, our annual Christmas Vespers, and our Spring Concert in April, 2014. Chamber Orchestra provides a rare opportunity for students to gain valuable experience performing side by side with local professional musicians, whom we hire for positions not taken by students. Larger works the group has performed include Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, and Mozart Sinfonia Concertante; with choir, Mozart Requiem, Solemn Vespers of the Confessor, and Charpentier Messe de Minuit pour Noël. As part of our program supporting new music, our Spring 2014 composer in residence is Randall Davidson (http://www.boysartmusic.com/biography/index.html). We will be featuring his works in December, and in April 2014 will perform the world premiere of a work written just for us, with Davidson in residence at the college.
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. Our Spring 2013 Ensemble was comprised of flute, violin, cello, and piano; past ensembles have included woodwind quartet and piano trio.