Choral & Vocal Studies.


Choral & Vocal Studies

The Music Department is home to a dynamic Choral & Vocal Studies program, providing students, faculty, staff, and community members with a variety of opportunities to sing at Drew:

  • Chorale (MUS 215): The Chorale is a mixed-voice (SATB) chamber choir whose singers rehearse and perform choral repertoire from a wide variety of styles and historical eras. Admission is by audition. Beginning Fall 2017, the ensemble will rehearse Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm and Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm.
  • Alta Voce (MUS 216): Alta Voce is a treble ensemble (SSAA) open to all sopranos and altos of any gender. Latin for “in high voice,” Alta Voce will rehearse and perform choral repertoire written for treble voices from a wide variety of styles and historical eras. Admission is by audition. Beginning Fall 2017, the ensemble will rehearse Mondays 6:00-8:30pm.

Private Voice Lessons (MUS 109 & 325)

Students also have the option of taking voice lessons with one of our several private instructors. A fee will be assessed for all students enrolled in private instruction. See our Private Lessons page for more information on registering for private instruction.


In order to determine the best fit for each student, each new singer auditions at the beginning of his/her first semester in our program. The purpose of this audition is to get to know you and determine how we can craft the best vocal and choral experience for you at Drew. You do not need to prepare anything in advance for the audition. The next round of auditions for Spring 2018 will take place by appointment January 17-19, 2018 for singers interested in Chorale, Alta Voce, and/or voice lessons. For the Fall 2017 semester, Alta Voce rehearsals begin September 4, and Chorale rehearsals begin September 5.

Schedule your audition

Academic Credit

Ensembles and private lessons are courses, which means that all undergraduate students must register for the appropriate course in order to participate. Variable credit options are offered, including zero credit, to provide students with the flexibility to fit ensembles or lessons into their schedules without causing credit overloads. Expectations for attendance and participation apply to all participants, regardless of the number of credits for which they are registered.

Performance Opportunities

Students involved in vocal and choral activities at Drew have several opportunities to perform in our world-class Concert Hall:

  • Department’s Works-in-Progress Concerts, held several times per semester
  • Performances with Chorale and Choral Union
  • Junior or Senior Recitals