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 Drew 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 2018, the ensemble will rehearse Mondays and Thursdays 5:30-7:00pm.
  • Choral Union (MUS 110): The Drew University Choral Union is Drew’s community chorus, open not only to students, but to faculty, staff, and community members. This mixed-voice (SATB) choir focuses on major works with orchestra and is the university’s largest choral ensemble. Beginning Fall 2018, Choral Union will rehearse on Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm in the Concert Hall at Drew. .

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.

Auditions

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 Fall 2018 will take place by appointment August 27-28 for singers interested in Chorale, Choral Union, and/or voice lessons. For the Fall 2018 semester, Drew Chorale rehearsals begin August 30, and Choral Union rehearsals begin September 4.

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