2014-2015 Concert Season

Orientation 101

Thursday, August 28th, 7-9 pm

Chapin Auditorium, Mary Wooley Hall

Join in a tradition that helps you get acquainted with the ins and outs of life at MHC. The only prerequisite is a sense of humor! This is a spirited (and loud!) event with a great deal of cheering as the returning students welcome you into the community. 

College Songs Workshop

Monday, September 1st, 1-3:30 pm

McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Join members of the Mount Holyoke choral ensembles as we teach you traditional Mount Holyoke songs - the Alma Mater, the Goodnight Song, and maybe even the Drinking Song! It's also a fantastic opportunity to chat with current MHC students involved in music and specifically choral singing at Mount Holyoke. 


Tuesday, September 2nd, 11:30-12:30 pm

Gettell Amphitheater

Honor Code Ceremony

Tuesday, September 2nd,  7-9 pm

Abbey Memorial Chapel

The honor code ceremony is one of the College’s oldest traditions and the capstone to your transition to the MHC community. Hear remarks from your fellow students to highlight the richness of living and learning in a community of honor. New students will sign the honor code pledge in the presence of the Honor Code Council to symbolically mark their entry into the MHC community.

Friends and Family Weekend Concert
Saturday, October 18th, 4-5:30 pm
Abbey Memorial Chapel
The Mount Holyoke College Glee Club, Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Symphony Orchestra each perform a set of diverse and dynamic repertoire, featuring choral works by Chen Yi, Eleanor Daley, Hugo Distler, Reena Esmail, Frode Fjellman, Gustav Holst, Josef Rheinberger, and Heikki Sarmanto. The concert will culminate in a collaborative performance with the combined ensembles and featuring the Family & Friends Choir of G. F. Handel's "Music spread thy voice around" from the oratorio Solomon .
Lindsay Pope and Tian Hui Ng, conductors
Mark Gionfrido, accompanist 

Christmas Vespers: New York City
Friday, December 5th, 8 pm
St. Bartholomew's
325 Park Ave.
New York, New York 10022

For ticket information: http://sites.alumnae.mtholyoke.edu/wp/nyc/vespers/

Christmas Vespers: South Hadley
Sunday, December 7th, 4 pm and 7:30 pm
Abbey Memorial Chapel
Mount Holyoke College 
Vespers at Mount Holyoke has become a time-honored college tradition and a popular community event. Centered around the theme of peace, this year's Vespers features classic and contemporary choral works by Johannes Brahms, Maria Cozzolani, Frode Fjellman, Sarah Hopkins, Arvo P
ärt, Heikki Sarmanto, R. Murray Schafer, as well as traditional South African folk music. The performance will also include a traditional candlelight processional and community carol-singing. Featuring: The Mount Holyoke College Chamber SIngers, Choral, and Glee Club (Lindsay Pope, conductor; Mark Gionfriddo, accompanist), the Vocal Jazz Ensemble (Mark Gionfriddo, conductor), the Symphony Orchestra (Tian Hui Ng, conductor), and the English Handbell Ensemble. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Glee Club and Jazz Ensembles Philadelphia Tour
Saturday, January 17th-Sunday, January 18th
Concert time TBA 

Five College Choral Festival
Saturday, February 21st, 7:30-10 pm
John M. Greene Hall
Smith College
This bi-annual event features college choirs from Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Each choir will perform an individual set, then join together for a culminative performance of a commissioned work. This year's commission is from Amherst College's Eric Sawyer, and is entitled Concord Hymn. 

Duruflé Requiem
Saturday, March 28, 8-10 pm
Abbey Memorial Chapel
Mount Holyoke College
The Mount Holyoke College Glee Club welcomes the Virginia Glee Club for a collaborative choral performance. Each choir will perform an individual set, culminating in a combined performance of the 20th century choral-orchestral masterwork, Requiem by Maurice Duruflé.

Mount Holyoke Chamber Singers & Lorelei Ensemble in Concert
Friday, April 10th, 8-9:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall
Mount Holyoke College
The Boston-based Lorelei Ensemble will be at the College for a two-day residency with the Mount Holyoke Chamber Singers, cultminating in a concert on Friday evening. This concert will feature new works for women's voices, and is not to be missed! For more information about Lorelei: www.loreleiensemble.com.

Mount Holyoke Chorale at Providence Place
Sunday, April 12, 2:30-3:30 pm
5 Gamelin Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
The Mount Holyoke Chorale will be featured in Providence Place's monthly music concert series, singing folk songs from South Africa, Republic of Georgia, and America, as well as Italian love songs by Francesca Caccini, Claudio Monteverdi, and Georg Frederic Handel, and a cantata for chorus, piano, and narrator by living composer Gwyneth Walker entitled Lessons from the Sea.

Spring Concert: Women of Note
Saturday, April 18th, 8-10 pm
Abbey Memorial Chapel
Mount Holyoke College 

The choral ensembles' spring concert will explore works by prominent female composers, featuring works by Hildegaard, Francesca Caccini, and Lilli Boulanger, as well as larger works such as Gwyneth Walker's Lessons from the Sea and Amy Beach's The Chambered Nautilus.