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Concert Choir

As the premier off-campus choral ensemble at Juniata, Concert Choir tours in the spring semester with repertoire focusing on historical sacred music spanning five centuries and several cultures. Each year, their fall semester repertoire focuses on historical secular music from madrigals to jazz.

Composed of 50 students from the College, the auditioned members of the Concert Choir come from several academic disciplines available at Juniata. Although there is no music major or minor at Juniata, choir members’ dedication and commitment to sharing the beauty of choral music provides meaningful experiences for both singer and listener. Recent choral department tours include Germany (2003), Ireland (2003), Croatia/Slovenia (2004), Brazil (2005), Poland/ Belarus/Russia (2005), Mexico (2006), Trinidad (2007), Appalachia, USA (2008), France (2009), Brasil (2010), Hungary/Romania (2011), Ireland (2012), and Guatemala (2013).

Academic credit is available to the Concert Choir members. Auditions take place on the day before classes begin in the fall semester.

"I attended the Concert Choir performance in Shelter Island a few Sundays ago and just wanted to thank you for a wonderful experience!  It was remarkable to feel the enthusiasm and whole-hearted involvement of each of the members of the choir.  There was magic, joy and love in every voice!  Wishing you all continued success."  April 3, 2014
Auditions include . . .
Using simple patterns we’ll move up and down your range to see how high and how low you sing.
Using short melodies played on the piano, you’ll sing them back to see how developed your tonal memory is.
Using brief one-line melodies, we’ll see how well you sing at sight without the piano.  If you haven’t learned how to do this, we skip this part.
We’ll supply the words to this familiar melody in case you forget.

Typical Annual Concert Choir Activities

Weekly Rehearsals
Fall Retreat
Fall Concert
Spring Retreat
Tour Rehearsals
Tour Homecoming Concert
Recording Weekend
Weekend Tour

Costs involved in Concert Choir include a one-time concert attire purchase ($100 for women and $130 for men), spring tour (typically between $600 and $1000 billed as a course fee), and misc. costs (usually about $100 per year).

2013-2014 Activities/Dates

August 30 – September 1
Nittany Valley Symphony Concert
Friday, October 4
Saturday, October 5
Dress Rehearsals
Sunday, October 27
Thursday, October 31
Friday, November 1
Fall Concert 3:00 PM
Sunday, November 3
Voices of the Holocaust
Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10
Strathmore Performing Center
North Bethesda, MD
Choral Union/Concert Choir
Monday and Tuesday, November 18 and 19
January 24 – 26
Dress Rehearsals
Sunday, March 2
Thursday, March 6
Friday, March 7
Domestic Tour
Saturday – Sunday, March 8 – 16
Weekend Tour
Friday – Sunday, March 21 – 23
Thursday and Friday, March 27 and 28
Homecoming 3:00 PM
Sunday, March 30
Choral Union/Concert Choir
Monday and Tuesday, April 28 and 29
China Tour - June
Sample Concert Choir Music

Batten - O Sing Joyfully

Sametz - Gaudete

Pelon - In My Mind

Villette - Hymne a la Vierge

Dare to Breathe - How Can I Keep

Montoya - Jambo rafiki yangu

Click here for a list of recent Spring Tour repertoire.

Choral Union
The Concert Choir on tour in Croatia (2004)

Recent tours include:Germany (2003) Croatia-Slovenia-Italy (2004), Brazil (2005), Mexico (2006), Trinidad (2007), Appalachia, USA (2008), France (2009), Brasil (2010), Hungary-Romania (2011), Ireland (2012), Guatemala (2013)