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Ensembles

Chorale

A traditional collegiate concert choir, Chorale prepares four separate programs each academic year. The choir frequently collaborates with professional and student instrumentalists and soloists, usually performing at least one extended work each year.

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.

The ensemble has also commissioned and performed world premieres of a number of works, frequently with the composers in residence. In October 2016, as part of the college’s 125th anniversary celebration, the ensemble presented an arrangement of 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.

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.

Ensemble

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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