Choral Ensembles

The 1877

The 1877 is a unique and exciting ensemble experience featuring choral musicians and live instrumental accompaniment by a house band. The 1877 is open to all students – choral and instrumental – and performs on campus several times per year. A range of repertoire is used to create an experiential learning environment whereby members learn the fundamental elements of choral music and ensemble collaboration: pitch and rhythmic notation reading, score reading, solfege, sight-reading, vocal technique, blend, and balance. Members will contribute to repertoire selection, instrumentation, and may double as vocalists and instrumentalists. All music ensembles members are also members of the Glee Club, which includes students, faculty, alumni, and parents and performs twice annually at Convocation and at Commencement.

  • 0.5 credit – year-long minor

Dobbs 16

Dobbs 16 is an advanced choir that performs both on and off campus. Participation is competitive and determined by audition in the spring. Choral and/or vocal experience and proficiency, music literacy, and a basic understanding of vocal technique must be demonstrated in the audition. Exceptional work ethic and practice habits are required to maintain membership in the choir, as is an ability to work well with others. Dobbs 16 focuses on advanced contemporary a cappella music in the collegiate style from a variety of musical genres. Students are exposed to advanced sight-reading, musical literacy, and vocal techniques as part of the rehearsal process. The ensemble performs frequently and may travel for performances, festivals, and competitions. All choral music students are expected to participate in the Glee Club, which includes students, faculty, alumni, and parents and performs twice annually on Family Weekend and at Commencement.

  • .5 credits – year-long minor – by audition

Tower Singers

Tower Singers is an advanced choir that performs both on and off campus. Participation is competitive and determined by audition in the spring. Choral and/or vocal experience and proficiency, music literacy, and a basic understanding of vocal technique must be demonstrated in the audition. Exceptional work ethic and practice habits are required to maintain membership in the choir, as is an ability to work well with others. Tower Singers focuses on classical and contemporary masterworks and advanced repertoire from the choral catalog in a variety of languages from a variety of periods in music history. Students are exposed to advanced sight-reading, musical literacy, and vocal techniques as part of the rehearsal process. The ensemble performs frequently and may travel for performances, festivals, and competitions. All choral music students are expected to participate in the Glee Club, which includes students, faculty, alumni, and parents.

  • .5 credits – year-long minor – by audition