Women’s Chorale, which has been in existence for several years now, is a singing ensemble that is open to all female students and faculty members. Meeting once a week and directed by Julie Clemens, the choir, which requires no audition or previous experience to join, has grown from ten members at the end of last spring term to 28 dedicated singers and is seeking to make that number even higher.
The choir welcomes people of all experience levels. Some join having had years of music education while others do not know how to sight-read music.
“The rehearsal process is non-stressful and very educational,” said sophomore Alex LeFlore, the choir’s manager, in an e-mail. “The goal is to help improve skills and sing beautiful music.”
Within the Women’s Chorale is a second group, Chordially Yours, which is a women’s a capella group that made its debut last winter term. Currently eight members in size, Chordially Yours does require an audition. Active members of Women’s Chorale are eligible to audition.
While Clemens makes the final decision for the music of Women’s Chorale, she takes suggestions from members. The choir’s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary. This year, Women’s Chorale is singing songs such as “Shadowland” from the Broadway musical The Lion King, “Alleluia” by Mozart and “Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia” by David L. Brunner. The Chorale’s particular specialty is singing songs in various languages. The exception to this is Chordially Yours, which is responsible for choosing its own music; many of the members have even arranged songs themselves.
Women’s Chorale currently gives one full concert each trimester, including a joint concert with the men’s ensemble winter term, and performing at student recitals, although they currently looking to expand the number of performances. Fall term, the choir hosts a brunch during family and friends weekend, which gives them the opportunity to showcase their pieces.
The choir offers opportunities outside of their concerts as well. Members who sing for three full terms can receive half an academic credit and the group travels to see at least one musical every year.
Women’s Chorale will perform their final concert of the year on Sunday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall.