The Chorale (Music 193fs) is an auditioned ensemble open to students from all four classes, graduate students, female faculty and staff. The ensemble meets twice weekly in McCulloch Auditorium--Mondays 4:15-5:45 pm and Wednesdays 7:15-9:30 pm. Students receive 1 academic credit per semester.
Each year, Chorale sings in a variety of languages and in a full range of styles. Sight-reading and music theory are incorporated into rehearsals, balancing musical training with a performance-based curriculum. Our 2011-12 season featured the world premiere of Phyllis Chen's work, Song for Syrinx, for women's choir, music box, wine glasses, and untraditional cello. We also sang Imant Raminsh's Songs of the Lights, a rhythmically intricate song cycle setting Algonquin and Navajo poetry. In addition we sang repertoire as varied as folk song from the Republic of Georgia and South Africa, lied by Felix Mendelssohn, as well as pieces by Gwyneth Walker, Benjamin Britten, and a joint performance with the Amherst College Glee Club of "My Soul's been anchored in the Lord" by Moses Hogan. In our 2012-2013 season, we are looking forward to our annual performances at Family and Friends Weekend, Christmas Vespers, and our Spring Concert. New and exciting opportunities this year include our Founder's Day Celebratory Concert in November and an April weekend workshop with Zerrin Martin and the Pennsylvania Girls' Choir. For more information, please check out our concert schedule.
Thousands of women have been involved in singing at Mount Holyoke College and for many it begins right here. If you are interested in belonging to a diverse, artistic community, don't miss singing with an MHC chorus. You will sing great music, make new friends, and have a wonderful time!
Britten, Benjamin, "This Little Babe"
Brown, Gregory, "Five women bathing in moonlight"
Chen, Phyllis, Song for Syrinx
Estevez, Antonio, "Mata del ánima sola"
Georgian traditional, "Didebata"
Hogan, Moses, "My soul's been anchored"
Jones, Nathan, "Quelle est cette odeur agréable"
Mendelssohn, Felix, "Abendlied"
de Morales, Cristóbal, "O magnum mysterium"
Paulus, Stephen, "The Road Home"
Raminsh, Imant, Songs of the Lights
South African traditional, "Saphela isizwe"
Walker, Gwyneth, "How Can I Keep From Singing?"
Bach, J. S., "Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht"
Elgar, Edward, "The Snow"
Galuppi, Baldassare, Dixit Dominus
Glass, Philip, "Knee Play 5"
Holst, Gustav, "For the Splendor of Creation"
Leite, Marcos, Tres Cantos Nativos dos Indios Kráo
Mellnäs, Arne, "Aglepta"
Mendelssohn, Felix, "Laudate Pueri"
Shütz, Heinrich, "Erhöre mich, wenn ich rufe"
Syriac traditional, "Moran Ethraham"
Syriac traditional, "Sro Bgaw Karso"
Whitacre, Eric, "Seal Lullaby"
Gjeilo, Ola, "Prelude"
Hampton, Keith, "Praise His Holy Name"
Kodály, Zoltán, "Ave Maria"
Kodály, Zoltán, "See the Gypsies"
Pierce, Forrest, The All-Night Vigil of Rabi'a al-Adawiyya
Rutter, John, "Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day"
Sandler, Felicia, "All Through the Night"
Sandler, Felicia, "Ring Out, Wild Bells"