Vocal Performance Groups:

Show Choir – Show Choir is a year-long course of study open to third and fourth-year vocal music majors who are selected by the music faculty through auditions. Repertoire is selected from the Broadway, jazz, and pop genres. Show Choir performs regularly at special events throughout New York City. Show Choir participates in the Winter Musicale and is featured in an annual Spring Concert.

Gospel Choir – The study and performance of “gospel music” from both a historical and cultural perspective, including the study of spirituals, anthems, hymns — in traditional and contemporary genre — both á cappella and accompanied.

Mixed Chorus – This course is for the intermediate to advanced study of choral repertoire for mixed voices. Outcomes include the ability to read music and acquire the rehearsal techniques in preparation for the Senior Chorus. Students learn vocalizing techniques including a focus on breath control, posture, and vowel functions. Scales, triads, intervallic recognition, and four-part harmonic progressions are essential parts of the curriculum.

Senior Chorus – Senior Chorus is a year-long course of study open to third and fourth-year vocal music majors who are selected by the music faculty through auditions. Repertoire is selected from both Contemporary and Classical genres. Senior Chorus performs at Riverside Church and participates in the Spring Musicale and the Winter Musicale. 

 

Elementary Chorus (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE) – A required introductory course for all Freshmen. Students will study basic reading skills and methodologies that will prepare them for more advanced choral study. Standard repertoire will be studied and performed.

 

Treble Chorus (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE) – Instruction and training in choral singing techniques, including: blend, proper vowel formation, diction and articulation, and independence of part are taught in a professional choral rehearsal and performance setting. Students learn a repertoire from a wide variety of musical styles and eras while improving their sight singing skills through ongoing reading of choral repertoire.

Opera Workshop (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE) – The development of skills in preparation of operatic roles, with emphasis on character development and the care and training of the young operatic voice. Instructional units include: the listening analysis of legendary operatic performances; the discussion of standard operatic literature; performance practice throughout the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Twentieth Century historic periods; and the preparation of operatic scenes and arias for performance in both master-class and public settings. This course culminates in a full-scale operatic production.

Cantare Choir (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE) – This course is for the intermediate to advanced study of choral repertoire for treble voices. Outcomes include the ability to read music and acquire rehearsal techniques in preparation for the Senior Chorus. Techniques including a focus on breath control, posture, and vowel functions. Scales, triads, intervallic recognition, and three or four-part harmonic progressions are essential parts of the curriculum.