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Vocal Ensembles

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 with 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. The ensemble is active in both the fall and spring semesters.

Concert Choir
Principal Ensemble*
Directors: Sarah Parks and Michael Rosewall

The concert choir consists of two ensembles: the men’s choir and the women’s choir. These groups perform both 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. Women’s choir has had the special opportunity of performing in many venues in the community, while men’s choir is known for its director’s arrangement of the St. Norbert Fight Song and Alma Mater. The ensemble is active both fall and spring semesters.

Opera Workshop
Director: Yi-Lan Niu

Participants in opera workshop 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, and is offered fall semester only.

Vocal Jazz Workshop
Director: Kent Paulsen

Vocal jazz participants rehearse and perform vocal jazz literature from a variety of styles and eras. Emphasis is given to solo jazz singing technique and stylistic aspects of ensemble singing. Along with a capella jazz selections and solo jazz standards, the workshop has performed with the St. Norbert Jazz Band for a wider variety of experiences.  All students, regardless of major, are welcome. Participation is based on permission of the instructor. The vocal jazz workshop is offered spring semester only.

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 capella 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 opportunities to perform in these groups. Most notably, our chamber music concert features many smaller chamber groups. Participation is by permission of an instructor. The vocal chamber group is offered fall and spring semesters.

*Music majors, as well as all students enrolled in applied music lessons, must participate in a principal music ensemble each semester.
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