Student Vocal Ensembles
Singing@Smith: great music, serious fun, & 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 is 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.
The dynamic Smith College Chorus is open by audition to all women of the Smith community, though its primary focus is on first-year students. This group sings timeless, beloved classics of the choral repertoire as well as popular standards and exciting new works for women's chorus. Concert opportunities include all main Smith choral concerts: Montage, Autumn Serenade, Vespers, and Spring Serenade. Highlights of recent Chorus performances include the Vivaldi Gloria with chamber orchestra and student soloists and a collaboration with the Smith College Glee Club & Orchestra and the Virginia Men's Glee Club in performance of Carmina Burana. In the 2013-2014 year, Chorus programs featured an exciting variety of works from around the world, including those by composers Stephen Paulus, Erik Esenvalds, Gustav Holst, Ethan Sperry, and Tarik O'Regan. The 2014 year features the world premiere of a newly commissioned work for women’s voices by Dominick DiOrio, composer: “Leave My Heart Its Songs.” The Chorus rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:10 to 6 pm in Sweeney Concert Hall.
Audition information: Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester and include vocalizing, sight-reading, singing a song of your choice (optional, a cappella or with accompaniment), and discussing your commitment to the Chorus. All are encouraged to audition! Singers will be chosen based on their potential, musical background & skills, and commitment to the group. Please contact Joseph Baldwin, conductor of the Chorus, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.