Choral Ensembles

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WAKE FOREST CONCERT CHOIR

The Wake Forest Concert Choir presents choral programs on campus each semester, sings in the Winston-Salem area, and travels internationally every three years. The next tour is planned for March 2014.  The 60-voice large mixed ensemble seeks the finest in vocal and musical talent on campus and strives to present a varied program of choral music at the highest possible performance level.  The Concert Choir sings the significant choral literature from the past five centuries and joins with the other music department choral ensembles in presenting major choral works with soloists and orchestra.  The ensemble was founded in 1948 by Thane McDonald.  Its most recent concerts include performances in Rome and Anzio, Italy in March 2010, Vienna and Eisenstadt, Austria in May 2007, at the National Cathedral, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh, Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Riverside Baptist Church in Miami, Bucknell University, Washington and Lee University, Duke University Chapel, the North Carolina Collegiate Choral Festival, and the Wake Forest Moravian Lovefeast and Candle Service held during the holiday season in Wait Chapel.  Concert Choir is offered for 1 hour credit under the course number Music 115. The choir meets on MWF from 12-12:50 pm in Room M208.  An audition is required for acceptance into the ensemble and auditions are held during the first week of each semester. There is no preparation required for the audition.  At the audition prospective members vocalize with the director to determine their voice’s characteristics and their musical capacities.  Music reading is preferred but is not required.  Detailed information on joining the Concert Choir is posted on the bulletin board outside Room M208 of the Music Wing of the Scales Fine Arts Center.

COLLEGIUM MUSICUM VOCAL ENSEMBLE

The Collegium Musicum Vocal Ensemble is a select chorus of 30 singers that performs with the Collegium Musicum Instrumental Ensemble to present concerts concentrating on a specific composer or national style from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods of music history.  The ensemble sings in English, Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish in order to present this important repertoire to our audiences.  As well, this ensemble provides choral selections by more recent composers for campus concerts with the Concert Choir.  It offers the participants the chance to specialize in the presentation of early music and to enjoy singing in a small group. Collegium Vocal Ensemble is offered for 1 hour credit under the course number Music 114. The choir meets on TR from 3:30-4:45 pm in Room M208.  An audition is required for acceptance into the ensemble and auditions are held during the first week of each semester. There is no preparation required for the audition. At the audition prospective members vocalize with the director to determine their voice’s characteristics and their musical capacities.  Music reading is preferred but is not required. Detailed information on joining the Collegium Vocal Ensemble is posted on the bulletin board outside room M208 of the Music Wing of the Scales Fine Arts Center.

WAKE FOREST CHAMBER CHOIR

The Wake Forest Chamber Choir was formed in September 2010 to perform in Brendle Recital Hall with the large choral ensembles, for administrative functions on campus, and in the Winston-Salem community for high school and church audiences. The ensemble seeks 12 women’s voices to create a 3-part SSA ensemble and 6 men’s voices to create TB sections for a combined SSATB ensemble.  The repertoire is chosen from classical choral genres to be entertaining to our Brendle, campus, and off-campus audiences. Students joining the group must be willing to be flexible with their schedules to perform in the evenings and on weekends. The choir is offered for credit under the course number Music 124 Section F. Students may take the course for 1 hour credit or audit the course if the credit is not needed. Chamber Choir meets on Wednesday evenings from 8:30-10 pm in Room M305. To audition for open spaces in the group, students must be current members of Concert Choir or Collegium Vocal Ensemble, former members of Concert Choir or Collegium Vocal Ensemble, or current individual instruction voice students. Auditions are held during the second week of each semester.  At the audition prospective members vocalize with the director and also participate in score reading experiences.  Practicing score reading by singing parts in hymns or Christmas carols that you are not familiar with will prepare you for the audition. Detailed information on joining the Chamber Choir is presented to the members of the large ensembles and voice instruction students at the beginning of each semester.