Student Vocal Ensembles
Singing at Smith is about great music, serious fun, and lifelong friendships!
Welcome to choral singing at Smith College! Since 1885, thousands of Smithies have gathered to form this extraordinary community of singers. From the halls of charming Sage Hall, with its lovely Sweeney Concert Hall, to the stunning architecture of John M. Greene Hall, the beautiful sounds of united voices can be heard. An astonishing tradition is carried on, and lifelong friendships are formed.
"I met my best friends during my first weeks in the Smith College Chorus. Because of the communal nature of choral music, you get to know many different kinds of people so deeply as well as learn about Smith sphere. This group gave me an immediate sense of home and belonging in college...Choosing to be a member in a Smith choir is socially, emotionally, and musically satisfying, and it will help you succeed in all your other college endeavors to have such a fulfilling creative outlet at Smith." – Kayla Carpenzano '12
"I actually joined Chorus as a sophomore because I had virtually no choral experience before coming to Smith...there is an instantaneous sense of belonging I feel when I sing with a choir. This kind of connectivity has enriched my time at Smith and has continued into Glee Club. I cannot imagine what my experience at Smith would be without Chorus and Glee Club." – Caitlin Snow '13
A wide variety of opportunities are available to both new and veteran choral singers:
The acclaimed Glee Club is open by audition to women in all of the upper classes, including Ada Comstock scholars. The group rehearses twice weekly and performs at all-college events and choral concerts, including Montage, Autumn Serenade, and Vespers. They also tour in the U.S. during the year, performing at schools, colleges and universities on the East coast and in the Midwest. The group performs a diverse repertoire, including the premiere women's choral pieces from Western art music, new works commissioned specifically for the group, and jazz, contemporary, and folk music. Each spring, men's glee clubs from colleges such as Harvard, Rutgers, the Naval Academy, the University of Michigan, and the University of Virginia collaborate with the Glee Club in performances of major works that have included Carmina Burana, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Brahms's German Requiem. The Glee Club is often heard at annual conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
Smith College Chorus
The dynamic Smith College Chorus is open by audition to women of the entire Smith community, although it usually consists of approximately 75 first-year students. During the fall semester, the Chorus rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:10 to 6 pm in Sweeney Concert Hall; in the spring, the Chorus will meet from 4:10-5:30 pm, also on Mondays and Wednesdays. This vibrant group sings timeless, beloved classics of the choral repertoire as well as popular standards and exciting new works. Concert opportunities include all main Smith choral concerts—Montage, Autumn Serenade, Vespers, and Spring Serenade. Oftentimes, the Chorus will combine with Glee Club and a leading men's choral ensemble to sing a major work with orchestra and soloists; past performances have included works such as the Mozart Requiem, the Verdi Requiem, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
Audition information: Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester and include vocalizing, sight-reading, singing a song of your choice (optional, please bring a minimum of one copy), and a discussion of your commitment to the Chorus. All are encouraged to audition! Singers will be chosen based on their potential, musical background, and commitment to the group. Please contact Joseph Baldwin, conductor of the Chorus, for more information: email@example.com.
The Chamber Singers is a small, select group of 20 to 30 singers drawn from members of the Glee Club and Chorus by audition. They have led the way in college choral music, singing a variety of repertoire ranging in genre from classical to rock 'n roll, as well as folk songs and world music; the group sings regularly in all other choral concert events, and in recent years, the Chamber Singers has toured Italy, Spain, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.