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Vocal Ensembles

Music majors and minors, as well as all students who were awarded a music scholarship or are enrolled in applied music lessons, must participate in a principal ensemble.*

Chamber Singers
Principal ensemble*
Director: Sarah Parks

The chamber singers is a select ensemble of mixed voices, chosen each year by audition. The group is open to all students, regardless of major. Performing a wide variety of literature, from madrigals to major choral works, the chamber singers focus upon technical precision and sensitive musical interpretation. It’s an approach that has allowed it to provide its members and the public with outstanding musical experiences. The chamber singers perform at St. Norbert Abbey, and they have toured both nationally and internationally. Premiering new works in the area has become a regularity for the chamber singers. Each semester, repeatable.

Concert Choir
Principal ensemble*
Directors: Sarah Parks

The concert choir consists of two ensembles: the men’s choir and the women’s choir. These groups perform as separate ensembles and combined as a large ensemble of mixed voices. Open to all students on campus with no audition required, these groups maintain a consistently high level of musicality and performance expertise. Participants in concert choir perform music of all styles and genres in a minimum of two on-campus concerts each semester. There are also many additional singing opportunities, such as combined choral/orchestral works with the chamber singers and small ensemble work. Each semester, repeatable.

Opera Workshop
Director: Yi-Lan Niu

Opera workshop participants study various genres of musical drama and vocal performance styles through staged presentations. Opera Workshop productions present scenes from, or full productions of, significant operatic works. During rehearsal, students are expected to be involved in all aspects of production, from the technical and directorial to actual performance. In recent years, opera workshop has performed John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera,” Jacques Offenbach’s “La Perichole,” and Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas.” Opera workshop is open to all students through permission of the instructor. Each semester, repeatable.

Vocal Chamber Groups
Vocal ensembles are designed around the interests of the participants – and perform in a variety of vocal styles: from madrigals, to vocal jazz, to contemporary a cappella music. These groups are usually student-led and driven, with a faculty advisor helping to guide the direction of each individual group. There are many performance opportunities available to these groups. Participation is by permission of the instructor. Each semester, repeatable.
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