At Goucher College, being in the choir is about a lot more than singing. The Goucher choral program includes students from every corner of campus, ranging from biology and peace studies majors to music majors and minors. There is a place for anyone who wants to sing at Goucher.
The choral program features two ensembles: The Goucher Chorus and Chamber Singers. The Goucher Chorus is a larger choir, Goucher's flagship choral ensemble. They perform music from all periods, ranging from the Renaissance to today's top composers, with a particular emphasis on music from around the world. It's common for the choir to perform in a half dozen languages or more in one performance.
The Chamber Singers are a smaller, select group that focuses on certain genres or periods of music each semester. For example, fall semester was early American music form Appalachia, and spring semester will be secular music from England from Byrd to the Beatles.
Rehearsal Times and Locations
The Goucher Chorus rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:45 in Merrick Hall (in Kraushaar). The Chamber Singers rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-2:45 in Haebler Memorial Chapel.
Students may enroll for credit or audit either choir.
Auditions take place during the first week of every semester. Those who are interested in joining the choir should attend rehearsals during the first week. A sign-up sheet for auditions will be and passed around at the first week's rehearsals and posted on Dr. McDavitt's door (Kraushaar 113).
The audition will be brief (about 10 minutes). Dr. McDavitt will chat with you for a few minutes to get to know you, then he will ask you to sing a verse of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," or a folk song that you know. He will take you through some scales to figure out your range and your ideal voice part, and finish with some reading exercises to determine your current music skills.