More Choirs at Princeton
The Glee Club, soon to celebrate its 150th birthday, is just one part of Princeton’s growing choral program. Read on to find out more about the other three music department choirs— the Trego Singers, the Chamber Choir, and the Vocal Consort program.
Named for Bill Trego, the revered former director of the Freshmen Singers at Princeton University, the Trego Singers is Princeton’s newest and most rapidly growing choir.
Conducted by Stephanie Tubiolo, this ensemble is a community of Princeton humans who love to sing at all different intensity levels. Among its members, you'll find many undergraduates from all classes, graduate students and their spouses, postdocs, sets of roommates, and even siblings. Through the study and performance of repertoire chosen from across the entire range of choral literature, singers develop as musicians while building connections with each other and welcoming new members all throughout the year. Known for its warm inclusivity and nonsensical marketing campaigns, Trego especially likes performing in open spaces that attract audience members who might be new to choral music.
For Trego members who are eager to sing intensively in a smaller setting, chamber music opportunities of all sizes are plentiful in each concert cycle. And for members who hope to strengthen their ears and vocal skills, ear training help and subsidized voice lessons are available year-round.
As with the Glee Club, Trego Singers auditions will be held between September 9th and 13th, 2019. The Trego Singers rehearse on Tuesdays from 5-7pm and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:20pm in McAlpin Hall, beginning September 17, 2019. For those hoping for some extra singing, small group rehearsals for all voice parts will take place Tuesdays from 4:30-5, and starting this year, there will be an SSAA chamber choir that rehearses Fridays from 6-7.
Conducted by Gabriel Crouch and Stephanie Tubiolo, the Chamber Choir is a select group of 24-40 mixed voices that sings a range of challenging music from the Renaissance period through the twenty-first century. Most of the choir’s membership also sings in the Glee Club. This ensemble performs in concert with the Glee Club as well as on a separate concert series, and is frequently invited to perform off campus. Because of the advanced repertoire and relatively light rehearsal load, a typical Chamber Choir member possesses a high level of musicianship, and normally has some previous experience of high level choral singing. Recent repertoire has included Bach's complete motets, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Martin's Mass for Double Choir.
As with the Glee Club, Chamber Choir auditions will be held between September 9th and 13th, 2019, with small group callbacks to be held early the following week. The Chamber Choir rehearses twice each week beginning Monday September 23rd, 2019, with rehearsals taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm in McAlpin Hall. As with the Glee Club, members of the Chamber Choir are eligible for subsidized voice lessons.
THE VOCAL CONSORT PROGRAM
Princeton University's Vocal Consort Certificate Program, newly instigated in 2016, allows singers with an interest in one-to-part singing, of unaccompanied vocal music from any era or genre, to pursue their passion together in a supervised setting. Under the general direction of Gabriel Crouch, the students in the program curate their own recitals and rehearse with each other in a variety of configurations, depending on the needs of the repertoire. The Consort’s first concert program included music by Ligeti, Tye, and Padilla, as well as improvisational singing and a set of traditional Bulgarian folk songs.
The Vocal Consort Certificate Program is part of the Program in Performance, which students audition for as rising juniors. Read more about PIP and the Certificate Program here.
MORE SINGING AT PRINCETON
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