A Letter From The New Choral Director

Dear Goucher Singers,

I am excited to join the music faculty at Goucher College. I come to Goucher from Loyola University, where I helped to rebuild their choral program from 17 singers to 48 singers in two years. Before that, I directed the choral program for a year at Knox College in Illinois, a school that is very similar to Goucher (it's almost exactly the same size and it's also one of the "40 Colleges That Change Lives").

With any change in leadership, there will always be some adjustments. If you come to the first rehearsal, you will see very quickly the kind of atmosphere we'll have in the choral program beginning this year.

Here's what you can expect:

(1) Enthusiastic, collaborative, hard-working rehearsals. Rehearsals will move quickly, and we will cover a lot of ground in the time we have. I place a great emphasis on building a sense of community in the choir through activities, retreats, and sectional rehearsals; and we'll work to earn one another's trust so we can build a strong, thriving choral program together. I'll expect every student to help to grow the choir.

(2) Diverse and challenging repertoire. Yes, we will perform the music of the masters, from Palestrina to Mozart to Brahms to today's composers, like Whitacre and Lauridsen. We'll perform music in the traditional choral languages of Latin, German, English, and French. But we'll also perform in Hebrew, Swedish, Mandarin, Icelandic, Portuguese, Russian, aboriginal languages from a number of different countries, and various dialects of African music, to name a few options. I am constantly searching for new and interesting repertoire from all over the world.

So, in a way, singing in the Goucher choirs will be like studying abroad while still on campus!

(3) A healthy, beautiful, well-blended choral tone. We will spend a good amount of time, especially at the beginning of the semester, working on our sound as a choir. I'll work with each of you individually to make sure you're in the best section for your voice and to give you some ideas for how to continue to develop your instrument.

If this sounds like the kind of group you'd like to be a part of, sign up for a time to come by my office to sing for me. An audition list will be up during the week before classes start and throughout the first week. Or, come to the first week of rehearsals (MWF 1:30-2:45, Haebler Chapel) and you can check it out and sign up afterwards.

Either way, come join us. Bring your voice and a pencil and let's get to work!

I hope to see you in rehearsal,

Dr. McD

Choral Ensemble Information

Goucher Chorus
Dr. Daniel McDavitt, Director
M/W, 1:30-2:45, Haebler Chapel

The Goucher Chorus is a larger mixed choral ensemble that performs a diverse repertoire representing stylistic periods ranging from the Renaissance to works by living composers, with a particular emphasis on music from around the world, performing in many languages. The Goucher Chorus is the college's flagship choral ensemble. Students interested in joining should attend the first rehearsal of the semester and sign up for an audition time with the Dr. McDavitt on the list outside his office, Kraushaar 113.

Email choirs@goucher.edu to learn more about the Goucher choirs.

Goucher Chamber Singers
Dr. Daniel McDavitt, Director
Tu/Th, 1:30-2:45, Haebler Chapel

The Goucher Chamber Singers is a small, advanced vocal ensemble that performs repertoire better suited for smaller ensembles. Singers are expected to be strong sight-readers with more advanced vocal skills. Repertoire will include music ranging from early chant and medieval works to the music of contemporary composers. Students must also perform with the Goucher Chorus. Auditions for this ensemble will be done at the same time as Goucher Chorus auditions. Students interested in joining should attend the first rehearsal of the semester and sign up for an audition time with the Dr. McDavitt on the list outside his office, Kraushaar 113.

Email choirs@goucher.edu to learn more about the Goucher choirs.