At Goucher College, learning isn't relegated solely to the classroom. Students take information they've learned and skills they've honed as part of their academic coursework to participate in a variety of on-campus performing and visual arts programs.
Chorégraphie Antique brings dance history to life through performances of ballroom and theatrical dances of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and 19th and 20th centuries. Performances include concerts, lecture-demonstrations, and first-person interpretations of dance and social history in historic sites such as the Hampton Mansion, Carroll Mansion, Fort McHenry, Montpelier Mansion, and the Flag House. Additionally, performances occur at retirement communities, museums, and on campus. Chorégraphie Antique is open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.
Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble
This resident ensemble performs in student, faculty, and guest-artist works, such as the Fall and Spring Dance Concerts, DAN 361, and senior thesis concerts. Students must audition, be accepted, and perform in at least two Kraushaar or independent/thesis concerts to be eligible to receive credit. Members of the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble can receive 1.5 credits per semester, and this course is repeatable for a maximum of six credits.
Goucher College Orchestra
The Goucher College Orchestra (GCO) is the student orchestra of Goucher College. Membership is open to Goucher students by audition for credit (1.5) or audit. Goucher faculty and staff may also participate, however this not a community orchestra. Additional musicians are contracted for dress rehearsals and performances depending on student enrollment and repertoire requirements. GCO performs in the Goucher's Kraushaar Auditorium in the spring and in the college's Haebler Memorial Chapel in the fall. Regular rehearsals take place Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m., in Haebler Memorial Chapel. Goucher students and faculty often appear as soloists and guest conductors in concert. The orchestra performs major literature from the standard repertoire, as well as occasional works by advanced Goucher student composers.
The Goucher Chorus presents three concerts each year, often in collaboration with choruses from other schools on the East Coast. The performances feature both a cappella music and music for chorus and orchestra and are performed at Goucher and other schools. The chorus rehearses twice a week and is open to students and faculty following a simple audition. Course credits may be earned for chorus participation.
Small Musical Ensembles
Small musical ensembles at Goucher include the Goucher Chamber Music Group, the Goucher Chamber Singers, the Goucher Jazz Ensemble, the Goucher African Drum and Dance Ensemble, the Percussion Ensemble, and the Goucher Music and Theatre Workshop. Each group rehearses with a coach or conductor once or twice a week and performs in concert each semester. Membership is open to students, faculty, and staff following a simple audition. Students may earn course credit at the rate of 1.5 credits per semester, per ensemble.