Summer Choral Festival
Chamber Choir

July 12 - 24, 2015 
Chamber Choir begins July 12
Festival Chorus begins July 19
 

The Summer Choral Festival provides singers an opportunity to live, sing, study and perform in a professional-level, mixed choral ensemble. Participants enjoy a rigorous schedule that includes classes in choral and vocal pedagogy and performance practice as well as conducting master classes and round-table discussions with conducting faculty.

The program has two components:

Chamber Choir (July 12 - 24), is a two-week program composed of a 30-40 voice ensemble selected by audition. It includes master classes, lectures, and private lessons with all the conducting faculty.   The first week concludes with the performance of an a cappella program in New York City. 

In the second week the Chamber Choir serves as the core of the larger festival chorus, a 60-100 voice ensemble.

Choral Festival Chorus (July 19 - 24) is a one-week non-auditioned program that includes the study and performance of choral masterworks.  The week concludes with a performance with orchestra, conducted by Joseph Flummerfelt and Joe Miller, in Richardson Auditorium in Princeton.

"What a great week this was: preparing and performing challenging repertoire among the best of the best: rehearsals, one-on-one conducting coaching, and more, among superb colleagues and Joe Miller’s wonderful leadership."
-- Jerry Metz (WCC ’70) 

 

 

Faculty

  • Joe Miller, Artistic Director/Conductor
  • Joseph Flummerfelt, Distinguished Conductor  
  • Dirk Garner, Associate Conductor, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music 
  • Ryan Brandau, Conducting Fellow, Westminster Choir College, Princeton Pro Musica
  • Amanda Quist, Conducting Fellow, Westminster Choir College
  • John Russell, Conducting Fellow, California State University, San Bernardino
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Repertoire

Chamber Choir Repertoire

  • Josquin: Missa Pange lingua
  • Palestrina: Stabat Mater


Festival Chorus Repertoire
 

  • Beethoven: Hallelujah from Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85
  • Brahms: Schicksalslied, Op. 54
  • J.S. Bach: Dona Nobis Pacem from The Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
  • Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass

 

Audition Information

Festival Chorus: 

No audition required, complete registration form.

Chamber Choir: 

Step One - Submit an Audition Application.  Available here. Deadline April 15, 2015

Mail to:
Office of Continuing Education, Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane, Princeton NJ 08540


Step Two - Submit a recorded audition via YouTube

  • First, you must have or create a Gmail or YouTube account. 
  • Then, go to YouTube.com, click on the link upload at the top right of the page and follow the instructions.  Make certain that the clip type is "unlisted," not "private" or "public."
  • The link to your YouTube clip should accompany your application form and be emailed to conleyd@rider.edu.

 

The audition recording should include: 

  • Your name and voice part announced at the beginning of the recording or YouTube clip
  • Prepared Solo: An aria from the Baroque period, which may be taken from opera, oratorio, or other choral works. 
  • Range Test: The singer should begin in the middle of the range and vocalize scale to the top of his/her comfortable range. Then, begin at the middle of the range and vocalize downward to the lowest note. 
  • Prepared Choral Excerpt: Schönberg’s Friede auf Erden:  Sing a cappella from rehearsal number 2 (measure 21) to the cadence at the bottom of the page.  The excerpt should be sung in German with the quarter note equaling approximately 60. The applicants may sing either note of the divisi. Download the excerpts here: Schönberg’s Friede auf Erden  

Step Three - Acceptance Decisions

Upon acceptance into the Choral Festival, you must register and include a 50% tuition payment to reserve your place. 

If you are not accepted in the the Chamber Choir, please consider singing in the Festival Chorus during the second week of the Festival.

If you have any problems or questions about the audition process, please contact David Conley, graduate assistant for the Summer Choral Festival at conleyd@rider.edu.  

Tuition for both programs
Non-Credit: $795   
With 2 Graduate Credits: $1385

Housing
Housing is available on campus (see Registration Form) or at area hotels.

Westminster Office of Continuing Education
609-924-7416
woce@rider.edu

 

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