Choral Conducting

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The reputation of Westminster Choir College rests in large part upon the excellence of the choirs and the success of its graduates. The nation’s leading critics and orchestra conductors continue to find the choirs worthy of the highest praise. Alumni lead some of the finest choral programs in schools, churches, communities, and on campuses across the country. Choral music is therefore the focus of all curricula. Opportunities for choral performance on a professional level are unparalleled, and students acquire a strong foundation in conducting technique and knowledge of choral literature.

  • Chapel Choir is composed of students in their first year of study at Westminster Choir College.
  • Schola Cantorum is composed of students in their second year of study and expands on the first year’s experience with further exploration of repertoire and style.
  • Symphonic Choir prepares significant works from the standard and contemporary repertoires for performance with the major professional orchestras.
  • Westminster Choir is an auditioned ensemble that tours each year. It is the resident choir for the Spoleto Festival, U.S.A.
  • Westminster Kantorei is an auditioned ensemble specializing in music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods as well as contemporary repertoire.
  • Williamson Voices is an auditioned ensemble that performs works by many of the world's living composers.  It is the resident choir for Westminster's Conducting Institute at Oxford.
  • Jubilee Singers is an auditioned ensemble that performs music from the African American sacred music tradition.

Graduate Music Education and Sacred Music - Conducting Concentration
All graduate students majoring in Sacred Music and those Music Education majors admitted with conducting as the performance field participate in Symphonic Choir for two semesters and in Master Singers for two semesters. A half recital in conducting is presented at the culmination of study. For Sacred Music majors, the conducting recital is a requirement in addition to the solo recital.

For current undergraduate students

Ensemble Waiver Form