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:

  • Choral Union (MUS 110): The Choral Union is open to students, faculty, & staff from the Drew University community and residents of the surrounding area. Singers have the opportunity to rehearse and perform the masterworks of choral-orchestral repertoire.
  • Chorale (MUS 215): The Chorale is an advanced performing and touring choir whose members are selected from within the Choral Union. Singers rehearse and perform choral repertoire from a wide variety of styles and historical eras.
  • Choral Music Intensive (MUS 360): Choral Music Intensive at Drew is a one weekend, immersive choral experience. Professional-level singers join with advanced student vocalists in the preparation and performance of a rigorous program of choral repertoire.

Private Voice Lessons
Students also have the option of taking voice lessons with one of our several private instructors. A fee will be assessed for all students engaged in private instruction.

Placement Appointments (Auditions)
In order to determine the best fit for each student, we will ask you to participate in a placement appointment at the beginning of your first semester in our program. The purpose of this appointment is to get to know you and determine how we can craft the best vocal and choral experience for you at Drew. You can sign up for the placement appointment at the beginning of the semester by visiting the Choral & Vocal Studies bulletin board in the Music Wing of the Dorothy Young Center. At the start of each new academic year, the Music Department will also hold an informational meeting in our Concert Hall where you can learn more information about the department and the courses and ensembles we offer.

Ensembles and private lessons are courses, which means that all undergraduate students must register in order to participate. Variable credit options are offered (0, 1, or 2 credits), 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

For more information on the choral & vocal studies program at Drew, please read our Choral Vocal Guide FA14. If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Dr. Jason Bishop, Director of Choral & Vocal Studies
Music 207, Dorothy Young Center for Arts