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Choral Music

Interested in singing at Earlham College?

Contact:
Associate Professor of Music Bill Culverhouse or
Assistant Director of Choral Activities Danielle Steele

Concert Choir

Bill Culverhouse, Director
MW 4:15 - 5:45, F 4:15 - 5:00, Lingle Recital Hall, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

Concertchoir

Open to all students by audition, this SATB large ensemble performs widely varied repertoire, both secular and sacred, from throughout Western music history, as well as music from non-Western traditions. Recent masterworks performances include Handel’s Messiah, Lauridsen’s Lux aeterna and Midwinter Songs, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, as well as William Culverhouse’s own Requiem for chorus and harp. Performances also include choral compositions by Arab, African, Canadian, Cuban, Latvian and Russian composers, often featuring world percussion and traditional instruments. The Concert Choir performs on campus, in the community and on tours of the Midwest and East Coast including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. For their fall 2016 concert, the ensemble will feature two works: a new composition, Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, by Joel Thompson, on the last words of unarmed black men who were victims of police shootings. The spring concert brings a collaboration with orchestra on famous opera choruses, performed in Civic Hall.

Women's Chorus

Danielle Steele, Director
TR 4:15 -5:45, Stout Meetinghouse

Women 'schorus

Open to all self-identified women by audition, this SSAA ensemble explores music from around the world, focusing on music by living composers and promoting the works of today’s most talented female composers such as Mari Valverde, Joan Szymko, Abbie Betinis and Jocelyn Hagen. The Women’s Chorus performs repertoire from all time periods, both sacred and secular, including classical and non-Western selections, learning traditional vocal production from countries such as Georgia, Serbia and Bulgaria. Recent performances include Randall Thompson’s Place of the Blest, Holst’s eight-part Ave Maria, and the original SSAA version of Vivaldi’s Gloria with orchestra. The Women’s Chorus engages with its community through collaborations with regional symphony orchestras, Cincinnati’s premier women’s chorus, MUSE, participation in International Women’s Week concerts at Ball State University and at Centerville High School, as well as fundraising concerts for the Genesis Women’s Shelter. The Women’s Chorus performs on campus as well as on tours of the Midwest and East Coast including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Madrigal Singers

Bill Culverhouse, Director,
T 6:00 - 8:30, F 5:00 - 5:45, Lingle Recital Hall, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

Madrigals

Open to current members of Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus by audition, this highly selective, small SATB ensemble focuses on the rich repertoire of 16th-century madrigals from a variety of countries and also performs repertoire from other time periods and genres, including Baroque music, vocal jazz and music by living composers. Recent works of note include Victoria’s Missa O Quam Gloriosum, Poulenc’s Un soir de neige, Lauridsen’s Chansons des Roses and Madrigali: Six Fire Songs, and Hindemith’s Six Chansons on the poetry of Rilke. The Madrigal Singers often perform for special Earlham events and off-campus engagements. Recently, the group was invited to a master class with the Rose Ensemble.

Gentlemen’s Ensemble

Danielle Steele, Director
M 7:00 - 8:00 PM*, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts - Room 150
*Weekly coaching with director and additional rehearsal(s) on own

Open to current self-identified male members of Concert Choir by audition, this selective TTBB quartet performs a variety of styles ranging from Renaissance music to barbershop quartet repertoire, sea shanties and pop music, drawing inspiration from groups such as The King's Singers and Chanticleer. Strong, dynamic, engaging solo singers are encouraged to audition for this ensemble, as there are opportunities for special performances on and off campus that often include solo performance opportunities.

Gospel Revelations

Patrick Piper, Director
M 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Lingle Recital Hall, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

Revs 2014

Open to all students as well as faculty and community members without audition, this ensemble performs traditional and contemporary African-American gospel music, both a cappella and accompanied. On-campus and outreach performances include Soul to Sole, Gospel Revs’ yearly collaboration with Dance Alloy, Earlham’s student-led dance troupe.

Richmond Chorale

Bill Culverhouse, Director

Earlham Choirs regularly collaborate with Indiana University East and community members to produce larger-scale works with instrumental ensemble or orchestra. If you are an Earlham faculty member or Richmond community member, this group is open to both amateur and professional singers by audition. Traditionally, this group rehearses once a week with performances in late April. Recently, the Richmond Chorale has participated in performances of Handel’s Messiah, Lauridsen’s Lux aeterna and Midwinter Songs, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, as well as William Culverhouse’s own Requiem for chorus and harp.

Fall 2016 Performance Schedule

All events are free. No tickets required.

  • High School Choral Festival: Saturday, October 1, 5:00 p.m.,
    Lingle Recital Hall, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

  • Homecoming Alumni Choir: Saturday, October 15, 2:30 p.m.,
    Lingle Recital Hall, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

  • Family Weekend: Saturday, November 5, 2:00 p.m.,
    Lingle Recital Hall, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

  • Gospel Revs Concert: Sunday, December 4, 4:00 p.m.,
    Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall

  • Fall Choral Concert: Monday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.,
    Lingle Recital Hall, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

  • Christmas Candlelight Service: Monday, December 12, 8:00 p.m.,
    Stout Meetinghouse

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