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Choral and Vocal Programs

Vassar College Choir

The Vassar College Choir, conducted by Christine R. Howlett, is an auditioned mixed choral ensemble of approximately 50 singers. Repertoire has included a cappella and accompanied works from the Renaissance to the 20th century, as well as major works for orchestra including Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Mozart's RequiemRead more about Vassar College Choir

Vassar College Women’s Chorus

The Vassar Women's Chorus is an auditioned ensemble that was formed in the fall of 1997. The group has revived a tradition from Vassar's past in the context of Vassar's present coeducational mission. Repertoire includes a cappella and accompanied works from the Renaissance to the 20th century. This ensemble is open to all Vassar women by audition. Read more about Vassar College Women’s Chorus

Madrigal Singers

The Vassar College Madrigal Singers is an ensemble of 10 to 20 singers auditioned from members of the Women’s Chorus and College Choir. This group specializes in a cappella music, from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. The ensemble performs two or three times a year, often taking on special projects, such as Handel’s Messiah (2004) and Bach’s St. John Passion (2007). Read more about Madrigal Singers

Opera Workshop

Vassar Opera Workshop is a semester-long project of a staged opera or scenes, concentrating on role preparation both from the musical and acting points of view. The workshop considers preparing an opera role or partial role, historical and stylistic concerns, diction and language, and movement techniques. Auditions are held in the fall, and notices are sent to all the voice teachers in advance of the auditions. Opera workshop presents at least one performance at the end of the spring semester and, while not a full production, includes some production elements. Regularly scheduled rehearsals take place second semester from 3-7 pm on Fridays (all students must be available during this time), with additional coachings and extra rehearsals scheduled by appointment. During the last two weeks of the semester, rehearsals are especially heavy. Read more about Opera Workshop