"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

As the off-campus performance choral ensemble, 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 45 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), China (2014), Costa Rica (2015), Germany (2015), Hungary/Czech Republic (2016).

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


Auditions Include:

  • Your Range - Using simple patterns we’ll move up and down your range to see how high and how low you sing.
  • Your Tonal Memory - Using short melodies played on the piano, you’ll sing them back to see how developed your tonal memory is.
  • Your Sight-Reading - 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.
  • “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” - We’ll supply the words to this familiar melody in case you forget.

Typical Concert Choir Activities

Weekly Rehearsals

  • MWF Noon
  • One Hour Sectional

Fall Retreat

  • Second weekend of the Fall semester
  • Friday evening through Sunday morning
  • Overnight at the Raystown Field Station

Fall Concert

  • November
  • Two evening rehearsals and a 3:00pm Sunday concert

Spring Retreat

  • First weekend of Spring semester
  • Friday evening through Sunday morning
  • Overnight at the Raystown Field Station

Tour Rehearsals

  • Thursday and Friday evenings before departure


  • Spring Break

Tour Homecoming Concert

  • Usually in March
  • Two evening rehearsals and a 3:00pm Sunday concert

Recording Weekend

  • March or April
  • Friday evening through Sunday evening

Weekend Tour

  • March or April
  • Friday evening through Sunday evening


  • Friday night of Commencement Weekend

 Costs involved in Concert Choir include a one-time concert attire ($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).

2016-2017 Activities/Dates

Retreat - September 2 - 4
Dress Rehearsals - Sunday, October 30, Thursday, November 3, Friday, November 4
Fall Concert - 3:00 PM - Sunday, November 6
Open House Performance - Thursday, November 17
Retreat - January 20 - 22
Dress Rehearsals - Sunday, February 26, Wednesday, March 1, Thursday, March 2
Ireland Tour - March 3 - 12
Weekend Tour - March 17 - 19
Recording - March 30 - 31
Homecoming Concert - 3:00 PM - Sunday, April 12
Baccalaureate - Friday, May 12

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

Recent Repertoire

See a history of Concert Choir's repertoire

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