Vassar College Women’s Chorus

Rehearsals: Tuesday, 6:30-8 pm, Wednesday and Thursday, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Chapel Basement

The Vassar (Women’s) Choir was founded in 1876 by Charlotte Finch, class of 1872. When Vassar became co-educational in 1969, it took two years for the first mixed chorus, now known as the Vassar College Choir, to be formed. During this time, the Women’s Chorus went through several transformations before being known as the Vassar College Women’s Chorus. Repertoire includes a cappella and accompanied works from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Women’s Chorus has performed in Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia, and has toured in Turkey and Spain. All three ensembles (Vassar College Choir, Women’s Chorus and Madrigal Singers) toured in Oxford, London, and Paris during spring break, 2012. The ensemble debuted at the Rose Theater of New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2009, and was honored with invitations to perform at conferences for the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization in 2010. Recent premieres include works by Eleanor Daley and Joelle Wallach. All Vassar students are invited to audition for the choir. All current members must re-audition each year. Christine R. Howlett, conductor.


  • Friday August 30, 2013  — Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
    • 3:00 – 4:00 pm
    • 4:00 – 5:00 pm

All students interested in singing in the choirs (Vassar College Choir, Madrigal Singers, Women’s Chorus) or auditioning for voice lessons should attend one of these sessions.  There will be a short presentation followed by Q&A.  (Sign up in advance on audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105)


  • Sunday September 1, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm  — Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

(Sign up in advance on audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105)


  • Monday, September 2, 1:00 – 5:00 pmSkinner Hall of Music, Thekla Hall (Room 400)

(To ensure an audition time, please sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105)  Students are encouraged to prepare one classical vocal piece in any language, preferably memorized.  Please bring a copy of the music with piano accompaniment as an accompanist will be provided.  Students who do not have a classical piece prepared may also present selections from musical theatre or other music genres.

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